Francisco Aires Mateus (Lisbon, 1964) and Manuel Aires Mateus (Lisbon, 1963) studied Architecture at Faculdade Técnica de Lisboa (FA / UTL), where they graduated respectively in 1987 and 1986. After collaborating with Gonçalo Byrne, they opened in 1998, in Lisbon, their own office, Aires Mateus.

Francisco and Manuel are professors at the Mendrisio Academy of Architecture since 2001 and at Universidade Autónoma de Lisboa since 1998. 

They've participated as teachers in numerous architecture seminars, having been invited professors at various universities, including the Oslo University of Architecture in 2009 and at Harvard University Harvard in 2002 and 2005. This commitment to teaching also includes regular participation in architecture conferences and seminars around the world. Nowadays Aires Mateus office has about 50 employees.

The studio's work ranges from the single-family housing to urban scale projects, through public buildings and facilities. The studio's work has been approached in national and international publications, being part of the contemporary international architectural debate.

Our team

  • Manuel Aires Mateus
  • Francisco Aires Mateus


Aires Mateus e Associados

Rua Cecílio de Sousa 52, 2º, 1200-102, Lisboa, Portugal
Phone: +351 21 381 56 50

Francisco Aires Mateus Arquitectos

Rua de Campolide 62, 1070-037 Lisboa, Portugal
Phone: +351 21 382 75 00