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João Mendes Ribeiro Arquitecto and Menos é Mais Arquitectos. Architects.- João Mendes Ribeiro, Cristina Guedes and Francisco Vieira de Campos.
Design team
João Aidos, Marta Almeida, Elisa Babo, Ana Barroco, Raul Bessa, João Branco, Rui Calejo, Luís Campos, Gabriella Casella, Filipe Catarino, Ana Cerqueira, Pedro Costa, Jorge Teixeira Dias, Ana Leite Fernandes, João Fernandes, Inês Ferreira, Joana Figueiredo, Rui Figueiredo, Filipe Freitas, Adalgisa Lopes, Ana Rita Martins, Cristina Maximino, Inês Mesquita, Miguel von Haff Pérez, João Pontes, Maria da Luz Santiago, Cláudia Santos, Mariana Sendas, Raul Serafim, António Ferreira da Silva, Hipólito Sousa.
Coordination.- Adalgisa Lopes, Jorge Teixeira Dias. Structural Engineer.- Hipólito Sousa, Jerónimo Botelho, Pedro Pinto (SOPSEC, SA). Electrical Installations.- Raul Serafim, Hélder Ferreira (Raul Serafim & Associados, Lda). Fire and Security Measures.- Maria da Luz Santiago (Raul Serafim & Associados, Lda). Mechanical Installations.- Raul Bessa, Ricardo Carreto (GET, Lda.). Hydraulic Installations.- Diogo Leite, Filipe Freitas, Jorge Rocha (SOPSEC, SA) Gas Installations.- José Pinto (SOPSEC, SA). Acoustics.- Rui Calejo, Eduarda Silva, Filomena Macedo (SOPSEC, SA) Termál.- André Apolinário (SOPSEC, SA). Landscape Architecture.- Ana Barroco, Rui Figueiredo (Quaternaire) Scenario Mechanic Consultant.- João Aidos. Programming Consultant.- Elisa Babo (Quaternaire), Miguel Von Haff Pérez, Marta Almeida. Conservation and Restoration.- Gabriella Casella (Caryatids).
Regional Directorate of Culture (DRaC) of the Regional Government of the Azores.
12,914 m².


Menos é Mais Arquitectos is the office created in Porto in 1994 by Cristina Guedes and Francisco Vieira de Campos.

Formed by FAUP in 1991 and 1992, respectively, Cristina Guedes intern with Álvaro Siza Vieira and Francisco Fields with Eduardo Souto Moura. Both teach, CG in Lusíada University of Porto (FAULP) and FVC in the Faculty of Architecture of the University of Porto (FAUP). Teachers invited to the critical final semester in Mendrisio Academy (2007), ETH Zurich (2008) and DARQ the University of Coimbra.

They have give several lectures and workshops in different institutions and universities in Portugal and abroad. His work has been published in numerous books and national and international journals.

His work has been recognized with several awards: Best Of Wine Tourism Awards 2013 in Florence with Wine Hotel Rural Quinta do Vallado, Best Architecture Award Private Project Build Awards 2012 with the Adega da Quinta do Vallado, VIII Award Ibero American Biennial of Architecture and Urbanism 2012 with the cable car stations in the Historic City of Vila Nova de Gaia; and several nominations such as Architecture Award Douro 2010/2011 (Honorable Mention), IHRU Prix Construction and Rehabilitation 2008 (Honorable Mention), Mies Van Der Rohe Award 2009 (Shortlist), Premis FAD 2002 2012 (Shortlist), Award Secil 2006 and 2008 (finalists).

Have participated in national and international exhibitions such as Portugal creative, JPG, Barcelona (2011), Lisbon Architecture Triennale - Let's Talk About Houses (2010), Lisbon Architecture Triennale (2007), Portugal Now - New York, NY (2007), 7th International Biennial of Architecture in São Paulo (2007), V Ibero American Biennial of Architecture in Montevideo (2006) WORK MEETING - North - # 003 Theme: Industry - Museum of Transport and Communications Customs, Port (2005-2006), Metaflux - 9th International Biennial of Architecture in Venice (2004).


João Mendes Ribeiro, (Coimbra, 1960) graduated from the Faculdade de Arquitectura da Universidade do Porto, where he taught between 1989 and 1991, and also, has been assistant of Professor Architect Fernando Távora between 1991 e 1998. He has been teaching Project in the Departmento de Arquitectura da Faculdade de Ciências e Tecnologia da Universidade de Coimbra since 1991, the same university where in 2009 he took his PhD in Architecture, in Theory and History specialty.

Owns João Mendes Ribeiro Arquitecto Lda office in Coimbra since 1990, where he mainly develops reconversion projects and qualification of the built heritage, such as Laboratório Chimico, Centro de Artes Visuais and Casa da Escrita; instalations for events and expositions; and yet, with great emphasis on designing scenary for the performing arts.

Has participated in a number of national and international exhibitions, including the Portuguese Representation at 9th and 10th International Architecture Exhibition of the Venice Biennial in 2004 and 2006.

His work has been the subject of a variety of publications and he has received several national and international awards, such as the Prémios Architécti 1997 and 2000, Lisbon; Highly Commended, AR awards for emerging architecture, Londres, 2000; the Diogo de Castilho Prize 2003, 2007 and 2011, Coimbra; the Premis FAD 2004, Barcelona; the Premis AICA 2007; Gold Medal for Best Stage Design, 11th International Exhibition of Scenography and Theatre Architecture – Prague Quadrennial 2007, Prage; and the nomination for the European Union Prize for Contemporary Architecture – Mies Van der Rohe Award 2001, 2005 and 2011, Barcelona.

He was a finalist in the II and IV IberianAmerican Architecture and Civil Engineering Biennial 2000 and 2004, Mexico City and Lima, and the Premis FAD 1999, 2001, 2002, 2004 and 2006, Barcelona.

In 2006 he was distinguished with the Comenda da Ordem do Infante D. Henrique by the President of Portugal.




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