Teresa Almeida received her 5 years degree (Licenciatura) in Architecture from Lisbon Graduated School of Fine Arts (ESBAL) in 1977. She spent more than 25 years mainly working as an architect and urban/regional planner and as a manager leading teams, both at policy and political level.
She has been coordinating the Lisboa/Europa 2020 Mission Team since April 2012, leading the design and development of the city strategy regarding the next European Programming Period 2014-2020, published in 2 documents which has integrated the city stakeholders imputs and officially approved by Lisbon City Council – “Lx-Europa 2020, Lisbon during the next EU programming period” and “Lx-Europa 2020, Thematic intervention areas in the Lisbon city – partners, projects and governance”.
She played a top decision role at policy level as President of Regional Development and Coordination Commission for Lisbon and Tagus Valley (2010–2012) where she was the top manager of the Lisbon Regional Operational Programme (PORL) and President of POLIS Public Corporation comprising the Urban Regeneration Companies Costa Pólis, Cacém Pólis, Tomar Pólis and Setúbal Pólis. In 2007-2010 she was the Municipal Director of Urban Planning in Lisbon Municipality where she namely lead the revision of the Lisbon City Master Plan. Before that, she was politically designated “Governadora Civil do Distrito de Setubal” (2005-2007).
In 1998-2001, she has been politically in charge of Housing, Public Works and Urbanism as elected City Councilor of Setubal City, where she has previously lead technically the Department of Housing and Urbanism and also the team responsible for the City Master Plan officially approved in August 1994, advising the Lisbon Metropolitan Government regarding the European Framework Support Programmes.