SAMI-arquitectos was founded in 2005 by Inês Vieira da Silva and Miguel Vieira.
The office has been referred to, nationally and internationally, for work developed by teams of young architects. In this context it was included in the short list of 100 young architects of around the world recommended by Herzog & de Meuron in 2007 for a project in Inner-Mongolia, P.R. China.
Besides invitations to participate in several exhibitions and conferences, namely in Portugal, Switzerland, France, Italy, Czech Republic, Germany and Spain, its work has been internationally presented in specialized publication, namely in P.R. China, North Korea, Portugal, Spain, France, United Kingdom, Germany, the Netherlands and Italy. It was selected for various prizes from which stands out the “European Union Prize for Contemporary Architecture - Mies Van Der Rohe Award 2007”, Barcelona, with the building “Gruta das Torres Visitor Centre” located on the Pico Island, Azores - Portugal.
1st Prize Tektónica/OA’09 National Award, Lisbon, with “Gruta das Torres Visitor Centre”, Pico Island, Azores - Portugal. Inês Vieira da Silva and Miguel Vieira wan the first edition of this portuguese national Award for young architects under 35 years old. Selected to the “European Union Prize for Contemporary Architecture - Mies Van Der Rohe Award 2011”, Barcelona, with the building “CZ House” located on the Pico Island, Azores - Portugal. In 2011 they were finalists of the FAD Awards in Temporary Interventions category with the exhibition CreativeLab Signed by Tenente, MUDE-Design Museum, Lisbon, Portugal. Selected in Architecture category with the Interpretation Centre of World Heritage Landscape, Pico Island, Azores, Portugal.