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Aires Mateus

20 April 18:30 - 19:45
Organized by: Royal Academy of Arts
Geological Society
Burlington House

Portuguese architects Aires Mateus join our programme to talk about their calm approach to architecture, exploring light and form through their recent projects.


Over the last thirty years, Aires Mateus have gained international recognition for their delicate and respectful contemporary reinterpretation of Portuguese architectural tradition. After concluding their studies and training with architect Gonçalo Byrne, brothers Francisco and Manuel Aires Mateus opened their own firm in Lisbon. Their portfolio started with the small-scale residential projects for which they became best-known and has now expanded internationally, with commissions for a wide range of public and private clients.


Their work follows the trail of a previous generation of architecture masters in Portugal. Though their projects have increased in scale, they have retained a careful attention to detail and an ongoing experimental interest in innovating with light and form.


Lisbon-based architect Manuel Aires Mateus joins our International Architects Series to talk about the practice’s singular architecture and their most recent projects, including the Olivier Debré Contemporary Art Centre in Tours, France, and the Faculty of Architecture in Tournai, Belgium.