Joana Pestana Lages graduated in Architecture in 2003 by the Faculty of Architecture of the University of Lisbon (FAUL). She made an Internship with Willy Müller Architects (Barcelona) and another one at the Promontório Arquitectos (Lisbon). Joana Lages has collaborated as an architect with dRMM Architects (London) and with the architect Renzo Piano (Genoa).
When she returns to Lisbon, she finished the Master degree in Architecture and latter, she started her PhD in Urbanism, also in FAUL, about researching projects and policies of urban intervention in self-produced urban areas. Since 2012, she has a research scholarship at FCT, and her main interests are related to the dwelling rights, justice of the public space, urban growth and the emergence of new urban ways of life.