Mission and Objectives

Mission and Objectives
The Portuguese Association of Colour – APCor, member of the International Association of Colour (AIC) was founded on April 7, 2005 by a group of researchers involved in the "Master in Colour in Architecture", created by the Technical University of Lisbon and taught at the Faculty of Architecture in 2003. A significant part of these researchers continue their scientific activity integrated into the Laboratory of Colour, a multidisciplinary research structure of the FA-UTL.

This association had honorary members personalities of recognized international value in the study and application of colour, such as Byron Mikellides, Frank Mahnke, Jean-Philippe Lenclos, Luis Badosa and Pancho Miranda Guedes.

The mission of the PCA is to promote the study, research, application and dissemination of all aspects of colour covering a large range of fields of knowledge: art, architecture, environment, geography, design, art history, anthropology, advertising, marketing, cinema and image reproduction, psychology, physiology, biology, physics and chemistry.

The PCA fosters scientific research in relevant areas of colour application such as in the study of vision and colour perception, the psychophysiological effects of light and colour, the influence of lighting in the perception of space, and in the studies that involve the complexity of environmental renovation.
The PCA aims to establish links with industry by engaging science and technology in the areas of colour measurement, colour appearance, digital colour and webdesign, lighting technologies, optics, chemistry, pigments and materials as well as in the traditional material technologies.

The PCA also encourages theoretical research and cross-cultural studies in the fields of communication, symbology, aesthetics, anthropology, history, phenomenology, museology, issues that pertain to the domains of ecology and sustainability as well as in the practice of colour education.