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Portuguese architect Manuel Aires Mateus is based in Lisbon. Following an early collaboration with architect Gonçalo Byrne, in 1988 he founded theoffice Aires Mateus e Associados with his brother Francisco. Connected to Siza’s Porto School, with its emphasis on contextualism and sculptural austerity, the work of the practice quickly achieved iconical status withincontemporary Portuguese architecture. Their projects are characterised by materiality, mass and the muteness of abstraction, translating traditional Portuguese forms into detail-free surfaces within typical yet special places. The work of the studio is very diverse ranging from unique housing projects to larger scale public buildings embedded in fine-grained historical contexts or breathtaking Mediterranean landscapes.
Manuel has been invited to present his work at several international exhibitions, seminars and conferences in Europe, the USA and South America. He has also received a number of national and international awards. Besides his professional activity, he has held professorial roles at prestigious universities including Harvard University, USA, University of Ljubljani, Slovenia, Accademia di architettura di Mendrisio, Switzerland (since 2001), Universidade Autónoma and Universidade Lusíada, Lisbon (since 1997).
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