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Manuel Aires Mateus

Born in Lisbon in 1963. Graduated as architect at the Faculty of Architectu re U.T.L. in 1986. He collaborates with his brother Francisco Aires Mateus, since 1988 and together they founded AIRES MATEUS. He teaches, since 1986, in several universities:

– Accademia di Architettura di Mendrisio, Switzerl and
– Graduate School of Design, in Harvard
– Cornell University College of Architecture, Art and Planning
– Faculty of Architecture of Universidade Autónoma de Lisboa
– Oslo Architecture School
– Faculty of Architecture of the University of Ljubljana
– The Escuela Técnica Superior de Arquitectura de Navarra, in Pamplona.

Francisco Aires Mateus

Born in Lisbon in 1964. Graduated as architect at the Faculty of Architecture U.T.L. in 1987. He collaborates with his brother Francisco Aires Mateus, since 1988 and together they founded AIRES MATEUS. He teaches, since 1986, in several universities:

– Accademia di Architettura di Mendrisio, Switzerl and
– Graduate School of Design, in Harvard
– Cornell University College of Architecture, Art and Planning
– Faculty of Architecture of Universidade Autónoma de Lisboa
– Oslo Architecture School
– Faculty of Architecture of the University of Ljubljana
– The Escuela Técnica Superior de Arquitectura de Navarra, in Pamplona.

Practice Ideology

The studio’s work has been present in several countries, being development from its premises in Lisbon, Portugal. Many of the studio’s projects have been published in monographies, including El Croquis, AV, GA, A+U, 2G, C3, d’Arco, A.MAG, TC Cuadernos , among others. Aires Mateus has been awarded several prizes, both national and international, including the Valmor Prize, Secil Prize, Ecola Prize, Enor Prize, FAD Awards, the prize of the Ibero American Architecture Biennale, and has had several projects been nominated for the Mies van der Rohe Awards. In 2017, he received the Pessoa Prize. His projects have always dealt with the role of memory and knowledge, with the relationship between the physical and the cultural world. The work seeks to reflect every scale involving us, evoking a will to design It searches for the perennial state of shape and materiality over the continuity of time.

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