Aires Mateus

Manuel Aires Mateus (Lisbon, 1963), architect by the Faculdade de Arquitetura - U.T.L in 1986.

Francisco Aires Mateus (Lisbon, 1964), architect by the Faculdade de Arquitetura - U.T.L in 1987.

They collaborate with the architect Gonçalo Byrne since 1985.

They founded the Aires Mateus studio in 1988.

They have been teaching since 1986 at various universities, such as:

- Mendrisio Academy of Architecture,
- the Graduate School of Design, at Harvard,
- Cornell University College of Architecture, Art and Planning,
- the Faculty of Architecture of the Autonomous University of Lisbon,
- the Oslo School of Architecture,
- the Faculty of Architecture of the University of Ljubljana,
- or the Higher Technical School of Architecture of Navarra, in Pamplona.

The work of his studio is carried out in several countries since its space in Lisbon.

They have received several national and international awards, in particular the Valmor Prize, the Secil Prize, the FAD Awards, the Ecola Prize, the Ibero-American Architecture Biennial Awards and several selections for the Mies van der Rohe Prize. In 2017 he received the Pessoa Prize.

The work focuses on the role of memory and knowledge, on the relationship between a physical world and a cultural world. It seeks to reflect on all the scales that involve us, evoking the desire to draw. Look for the continuity of forms and materiality, the continuity of time.

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