AD Interviews: Francisco Aires Mateus

Aires Mateus - founded by brothers and partners, Manuel and – is an acclaimed contemporary practice that upholds the strong tradition of Portuguese architecture. We recently had the chance to interview one of the partners: Francisco Aires Mateus.

Francisco Aires Mateus has been a professor in Portugal and Norway. Currently, he teaches at the University of Lugano and has given lectures and seminars in Spain, the United Kingdom, Argentina, Mexico, Canada, Chile, Japan, and many other countries.

Aires Mateus has been awarded with the FAD Award on several occasions, and has also been a finalist for the Mies van der Rohe Award.

Projects by Aires Mateus on ArchDaily:

Alcácer do Sal Residences 

Cabanas no Rio

Santo Tirso Call Center

Sines Center for the Arts

Casa na Areia

House in Leiria

House in Aroeira

Building in Lagoa das Furnas

Thanks to the FAD Universidad Finis Terrae for making this interview possible.

Ipam Environmental Graphic Design / P-06 Atelier


Designers: P-06 Atelier
Building Architects: Lousinha Arquitectos
Location: , Portugal
Design Team: Nuno Gusmão (Creative Director), Mário Videira (Designer)
Area: 4200.0 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: IADE

3 Houses in Meco / Nuno Simões + DNSJ.arq


Architects: Nuno Simões + DNSJ.arq
Location: ,
Collaborator: Gonçalo Nicolau
Year: 2008
Photographs: FG+SG

VR Posto Comando / M2.SENOS

© Damião Santos

Architects: M2.SENOS
Location: Serra do Alvao,
Design Team: Ricardo Senos & Sofia Senos
Engineering: Nuno França
Contractor: Enersis Group
Year: 2011
Photographs: Damião Santos

Nautic Cleb of Aldeia do Mato / Cannatà & Fernandes

© Luís Ferreira Alves

Architects: Cannatà & Fernandes
Location: ,
Architect In Charge: Fátima Fernandes, Michele Cannatà
Collaborators: Marta Lemos, Isabella Fera, Miguel Meirinhos, Cristina Neves, Nuno Castro, Claúdia Amorim, Rui Serrano/Tagus
Photographs: Luís Ferreira Alves

PLAYscapes Competition Results Announced

© Winning Student Team, Lusiada University of

“People tend to forget that play is serious.” – David Hockney

PLAYscapes, an international design competition launched earlier this year asking people to “submit a plan or proposal to turn a neglected forgotten part of your city into a playscape,” has announced their winning entries. Set up by Building Trust International, the competition called for “professional and student architects and designers from cities around the world to propose ideas which encouraged public interaction and turned redundant city spaces into fun creative places.”

Find out more about the winning professional entry from the City of , entitled Cape Town Gardens Skatepark, along with the winning student entry from the Lusiada University of Lisbon, entitled Bring a Pal and Have Fun, after the break…

House in Vila Boim / Intergaup

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Architects: Intergaup
Location: , Portugal
Architect In Charge: Rodrigo Vieira da Fonseca
Area: 450 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Courtesy of Intergaup

Mogadouro`S Bus Station / Cannatà & Fernandes

© Luís Ferreira Alves

Architects: Cannatà & Fernandes
Location: ,
Architect In Charge: Fátima Fernandes And Michele Cannatà
Design Team: André Lira, Bruno Marques, Filipe Afonso, João Moura, Marta Lemos, Miguel Meirinhos, Nuno Castro
Photographs: Luís Ferreira Alves

Cardal House / Cannatà & Fernandes

© Luís Ferreira Alves

Architects: Cannatà & Fernandes
Location: ,
Architect In Charge: Fátima Fernandes E Michele Cannatà
Year: 2002
Photographs: Luís Ferreira Alves

House of the Arts / Future Architecture Thinking

© João Morgado

Architects: Future Architecture Thinking
Location: Miranda do Corvo,
Design Team: Miguel Correia, Cláudia Campos, Sérgio Catita, Patrícia de Carvalho, Miguel Cabral, Margarida Magro, Sara Gonçalves, Telmo Maia, Gabriel Santos, Hilário Abril, José Pico, Sara Távora
Builder: TECNORÉM – Engenharia e Construções, S.A
Area: 2,360 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: João Morgado

Video: Esmeriz House / Cosimo Projectos

Esmeriz House was completed in 2011 by (João Pestana and Luís Caldeira) in Portugal. Beautiful house filmed by ARCHMOV.

Filming: Ivo Tavares (ITS – Ivo Tavares Studio)
Post-Production: Luís Melo (ITS – Ivo Tavares Studio)
Translation: Pedro Carvalho (INCEPTION ARCHITECTS)

Parede 11 / Humberto Conde

© FG + SG

Architects: Humberto Conde
Location: ,
Year: 2013
Photographs: FG + SG

Tree Snake Houses / Luís Rebelo de Andrade + Tiago Rebelo de Andrade

© Ricardo Oliveira Alves

Architects: Luís Rebelo de Andrade, Tiago Rebelo de Andrade
Location: 5450 Bornes de Aguiar,
Collaborators: Madalena Rebelo de Andrade, Raquel Jorge, Pedro Baptista Dias
Area: 27.0 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Ricardo Oliveira Alves

AD Interviews Eduardo Souto de Moura On His Latest Prize

Prtizker laureate Eduardo Souto de Moura accepts the Veronica Rudge Green Prize in at a ceremony held at the Harvard Graduate School of Design in September. Image © Yusuke Suzuki for Harvard GSD Events

ArchDaily got the chance to briefly speak with Pritzker-prize winning Portuguese architect Eduardo Souto de Moura when he (along with the Porto Metro Authority) received the Veronica Rudge Green Prize in Urban Design at the Harvard Graduate School of Design earlier this month. His design for the Metro system in Porto, Portugal garnered high praise from the jury, with member explaining that the project “shows generosity to the public realm unusual for contemporary infrastructure projects.” Upon receipt of the award, the head of the Porto Metro, João Velez Carvalho, thanked Souto de Moura for his efforts in this “urban revolution” and touted Porto as a destination in which people actively and enthusiastically seek out the architecture of Souto de Moura and fellow Portuguese architect Alvaro Siza. 

Souto de Moura spent a few moments with us to describe both the challenges and rewards of working on a project that saw the completion of 60 new stations constructed in 10 years within the sensitive fabric of the city of Porto—a UNESCO World Heritage site.

ArchDaily: What is your opinion of architecture prizes?

Eduardo Souto de Moura: I won’t be modest, I like describing my opinion about them because the profession is so tough and difficult that is it complicated to achieve a high level of quality. So when you’re awarded a prize it’s like a confirmation of your effort. But the other thing is that a project is not the act of an individual, it’s a collective act. When there’s a prize, the press and the people, the “anonymous people,” go see the project and talk about it, critique it. That’s what gives me the motivation to continue in the profession. And every time it gets more difficult.

House On A Warehouse / Miguel Marcelino

© João Morgado

Architects: Miguel Marcelino
Location: Chicharo,
Area: 437 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: João Morgado

Villa Escarpa / Mario Martins


Architects: Mario Martins
Location: ,
Team: Rita Rocha, Rui Duarte, Sara Glória, Sónia Santos, Fernanda Pereira, Ana Filipa Santos
Technical Projects: Nuno Grave, Engenharia, Lda
Year: 2012
Photographs: FG+SG

Cabanas no Rio / Aires Mateus

© Nelson Garrido

Architects: Aires Mateus
Location: ,
Architects In Charge: Manuel & Francisco Aires Mateus
Coordination: Maria Rebelo Pinto
Collaborators: Luz Jiménez, David Carceller
Area: 26 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Nelson Garrido

De Lemos / Carvalho Araújo, Arquitectura e Design

© Hugo

Architects: Carvalho Araújo, Arquitectura e Design
Location: , Portugal
Design Team: José Manuel Carvalho Araújo, Joel Moniz, Sandra Ferreira, Emanuel de Sousa, Ana Vilar, André Santos, Liliana Costa, Nuno Vieira, Pedro Mendes, Carlos Santos, José João Santos, Leandro Silva
Year: 2012
Photographs: Hugo Carvalho Araújo