MIGUEL AMADO ARCHITECTS
Founders: Rosário Ribeiro e Miguel Amado
Coordinator: Miguel Ribeiro Amado
Collaborators: António Cunha Lopes, Francesca Poggi, Francisco Ribeiro Amado, Frederico Nunes, João Cópio, Sofia Dourado e Sofia Ornelas NevesEx-Collaborators:
In the exercise of architectural creation, Miguel Amado Arquitectos reveals spaces where the site, the human, and the culture emerge in harmony, sustained by the reinterpretation of the program and the demands that sustainability imposes on the conception of interventions in planning, urbanism, and architecture. Miguel Amado Arquitectos develops an architectural practice with a strong research component.
The development of knowledge and methodologies for the sustainability of the built environment is reflected in their architectural plans and projects. The approach is based on the integration of sustainability principles with cultural issues, environmental parameters, and economic aspects.
The interdisciplinary approach facilitates innovative and dynamic collaboration among architects, engineers, and historical theory and criticism on a common platform of design and technology interface.
The practice of a regenerative research process allows connecting housing issues to public and private programs, rehabilitation, and regeneration of informal areas, especially in developing countries, without forgetting the importance of access to public services in rural areas.
Miguel Amado Architects operates in the fields of Architecture, Planning, Urbanism, and Design. Since 1988, the studio has had a team of architects, engineers, and sustainability consultants with expertise in sustainable construction, bioclimatic architecture, energy efficiency, renewable energy, energy certification, and post-occupancy evaluation.
The long activity since 1988 has allowed, over the past 35 years, the development of a range of projects, including health, education, and sports facilities, as well as service spaces such as offices, industrial units, and housing—covering both rehabilitation and renovation, as well as the construction of new buildings, including single-family and multi-family residences. Commercial projects have also been undertaken, including shopping centers, stores, restaurants, markets, as well as tourism-related ventures such as hotels, eco-resorts, the rehabilitation of palaces and classified buildings, and golf courses. In the cultural sphere, Miguel Amado Arquitectos has also undertaken projects involving museums and exhibition areas.
PLANNING AND URBANISM
"Understanding the importance of shaping society through urbanism and planning may seem so fundamental that it does not require clarification."
Miguel Amado Arquitectos guides its practice in developing knowledge and methodologies for the sustainability of the built environment through Urban Planning and Urbanism.
The approach is based on the integration of sustainability principles and environmental parameters, as well as socio-cultural and economic aspects in spatial planning, urban design, and urbanism. This interdisciplinary approach facilitates innovative and dynamic collaboration between architects and engineers at the interface of design and technology to efficiently respond to clients' programs. Additionally, working on the definition of housing programs, rehabilitation, and regeneration of informal areas in developing countries is currently one of the main focuses of study and applied research.
Miguel Amado Architects has extensive experience in projects of different scales and programs, ranging from Municipal Master Plans to Detailed Plans, Execution Units, Land Development Operations, to architectural projects for housing, public buildings such as healthcare facilities, education, markets, sports facilities, and museums. In the tourism sector, projects include hotels and campsites, as well as urban spaces such as squares, urban parks, and rehabilitations. The studio also has a strong research component, having developed various national and international research projects.
Miguel Amado Arquitectos is an architectural studio committed to sustainability and innovation. The studio believes that architecture can play a crucial role in shaping a more sustainable future for everyone.
"Creating the geometries that define and sculpt forms and volumes is the fundamental role of architecture."
Miguel Amado Architects develops its architectural practice in the formulation of cultural responses to human activities in nature.
The project is based on historical theory as an approach with sustainability to provide a coherent response to the socio-cultural and economic aspects of architecture.
This interdisciplinary approach facilitates innovative and dynamic collaboration between architects and engineers at the interface of design and technology to efficiently respond to clients' programs. Additionally, working on the definition of housing programs; the rehabilitation and regeneration of informal areas are key domains of study and applied research. Creating places for living, socializing, and working is essential in MAA's work.
PRODUCTS AND MATERIALS
"The desire to help, contribute, and be part of the solution to problems creates in us the need to innovate, to look at problems in a different way, to see them as opportunities in the quest to add value to the theoretical and practical aspects of architecture. Understand the word 'value' in solving problems and meeting the needs of society and its time."
Close proximity to academic research has enabled Miguel Amado Architects to develop innovative, certified, and patented products, equipment, and materials.
Currently, the studio is developing two new products in the field of Biomaterials in partnership with companies and universities.