Manuel Aires Mateus
He graduates in Lisbon at the F.A./U.T.L. He has been collaborating with the architect Gonçalo Byrne since 1983 and with Francisco Aires Mateus since 1988. He is a professor in various schools: the Harvard Graduate School of Design, the Architecture faculty of Ljubljana, the Architecture Academy of Mendrisio, The Autónoma University of Lisbon and the Lusíada University of Lisbon. He holds seminars and conferences all over the world. The Brothers Mateus deal mainly with the topic of the detached houses with refinement and mastery aiming the lightness of the masses by digging the matter. Their intense and award-winning activity includes the Santa Marta Lighthouse Museum at Cascais (finalist project for the Mies van der Rohe Award 2009 and awarded with the special Mention Award Fad 2008), the cultural Center at Sines (winner of the Enor Award 2006 and the Contract World Award 2007), the House of Azeitão (winner of the first prize Residencia Singular 2004), the House of Alenquer, the base of the rector’s office of the Universidade Nova of Lisbon (winner of the Valmor award 2002), the student house of the University of Coimbra (winner of the first prize at the Ibero-American Biennale of architecture 2001 and the Luigi Cosenza award 2001).