The brothers Manuel and Francisco Aires Mateus founded their studio in Lisbon in 1988 where they research, design and teach. Their architecture is characterized by its purity of form and the ingenious combination of solids and voids to define space. “Emptiness” becomes the focal point of their work as can be seen in projects such as the House in Leiria (2010), the EDP Headquarters (2015), the Grândola Meeting Center (2016), the Faculty of Architecture, Tornai (2017), the House in Monsaraz (2018) and the House in Melides I ( 2019).
Over the years the brothers have become culturally important, not only in their native Portugal but also around the world. The studio has won a number of prestigious awards such as the Pessoa Prize (2017), the Lledò award (2018), the Ecola award (2019) and the European Prize for Contemporary Architecture – Mies Van der Rohe Award (2018). Aires Mateus took also part of the Biennale di Architettura in Venice in 2010, 2012, 2016 and 2018.