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Cersaie 2016: Conferences and Seminars
The Architecture of Aires Mateus

Wednesday 28 September - 10.00 a.m.
galleria dell'architettura - gall. 21/22

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Cersaie feature again one of the big interpreter of portuguese architecture: Manuel Aires Mateus, founder of the eponymous Lisbon-based architecture practice together with his brother Francisco. Amongst his most important projects are the EDP headquarters in Lisbon, the school in Vila Nova da Barquinha, the new museum complex in Lausanne, the Faculty of Architecture and Design in Belgium, the Arts Centre in Sines, an installation for the Venice Biennale in 2012 and numerous homes throughout Portugal. One project of particular interest is the Farol Museu de Santa Marta, the Lighthouse Museum located on the beach of Santa Marta in Cascais, near Lisbon in Portugal. The museum focuses on two main themes: the everyday life of the lighthouse keeper and the history of the local area. In addition to the museum itself, the Farol Museu de Santa Marta complex also includes the original lighthouse dating from 1864, whose facades and roofs have been renovated using ceramic tiles in two colours: optical white and ocean blue.


Speaker Manuel Aires Mateus More

Manuel Aires Mateus


Biographical notes
Manuel Aires Mateus was born in Lisbon in 1963 and graduated from “Faculdade de Arquitectura / U.T.L” in 1986. He started collaborating with the Arch. Gonçalo Byrne in 1983 and started developing projects with his brother Francisco in 1988. The office Aires Mateus was then established independently by the two brothers although it was housed in Gonçalo Byrne’s studio in the first years. The increasing scale of work made them establish a larger and autonomous space to fulfil the demands. Since then the scale and the amount of projects has been prolific, resulting in several national and international awards. The visibility of their work has made them being invited and accepting lecturing and teaching at several institutions. Among these are the Graduate School of Design in Harvard, The Accademia di Architetura in Mendrisio as well as several others in Portugal. The structure right now spans through two studios both based in Lisbon, having several partnerships with local studios for international works.

Francesco Dal Co More

Francesco Dal Co

Architect and Professor of history of architecture, IUAV Venice

Biographical notes

Degree in architecture, Istituto Universitario di Architettura di Venezia (IUAV), 1970.

Professor, History of Architecture, IUAV, 1981.

Professor, History of Architecture, School of Architecture, Yale University (1982-1991).

Professor, History of Architecture, Accademia di Architettura, Università della Svizzera Italiana (1996-2005).

Director, Department of History of Architecture, IUAV (1995-2003).

Director, Architecture Section, Venice Biennale (1988-1991).

Editor of magazine Casabella (1996-).

Senior Fellow, Center for Advanced Studies, National Gallery of Art, Washington DC.

Scholar, Center for Advanced Study, Getty Center, Los Angeles.

Member of the Accademia di San Luca.

Honorary Fellow Royal Institute of British Architects.



Video interview

Manuel Aires Mateus