After several collaborations in architectural studios in London, Paris and Barcelona, Catarina and Rita Almada Negreiros returned to Lisbon in 2000, where they founded the Ateliers de Santa Catarina, a creative centre that promotes interdisciplinary work between architects, artists and designers. The partnership between the two architects – CAN RAN arquitectura – was founded in 2002, and the architectural renovation proposals also stand out for the use of the tile, as a transforming element of the spaces in which it is inserted.
Catarina Almada Negreiros – CAN – Degree in Architecture from the Faculty of Architecture of the University of Lisbon, in 1996. Erasmus Programme at the Istituto Universitario di Architettura di Venezia, Venice in Italy (1995). Internship at the London studio MUF: ART/ARCHITECTURE between 1997 and 1999. In 2002 she completed her master’s degree in architecture at G.S.D. Harvard University and, in 2011, her master’s degree in Communication and Arts at the New University of Lisbon. In 2000, she had founded, with his sister Rita Almada Negreiros, the ateliers of Santa Catarina, in Lisbon.
Rita Almada Negreiros – RAN – Degree in Architecture from the Lusíada University of Lisbon in 1994. She worked as a trainee in the Wilmotte & Associés workshops in Paris (1994-1997) and BCQ Arquitectes (1997-1998), as well as in the architect Jordi Castel’s studio (1998-1999), the latter in Barcelona. In 2000, she founded, together with his sister Rita Almada Negreiros, the architecture studio CAN-RAN.