João Carmo Simões


João grew up in Cascais and after completing his master's degree in architecture at Da/UAL, Lisbon, he receives the National Secil Universities Award 2010.

Believing that the quality of the environment that surrounds us directly affects the quality of our lives, and driven by his passion for innovation and excellence, in 2012, he founded his studio in Lisbon. Among his projects are Villa Sombra in Alentejo, Turismo Rural Quinta de Lazarim in Douro, Villa Plié in Cascais, Janela para o Céu in the renowed chapel Capela do Rato in Lisbon, Casa Azul in Costa Nova, Apartamento Corpo Santo in Baixa Pombalina, Apartamento Lima in Cascais, Casa Photomaton in Oeiras and the project of requalification and expansion of the school complex of Colégio Infante D. Henrique, in Funchal.

His works were highlighted in Monocle magazine, in the book Portuguese Modern Apartments, and on design websites. He is regularly invited to present his work at several universities.

Pursuing his thirst for knowledge, he worked with renowned architects such as Álvaro Siza, in Porto, or Paulo Mendes da Rocha, in São Paulo, editing books about their works and thought. His publications include: Civitas São Paulo, a journey through an idea of architecture in the city of São Paulo, through key works by architects such as Vilanova Artigas, Paulo Mendes da Rocha, Lina Bo Bardi or Oscar Niemeyer, distinguished for shortlist of the DAM - Deutsches ArchitekturMuseum Architectural Book Award for best architecture book of 2019; Designed Future / Paulo Mendes da Rocha the most complete anthology of texts by this architect; or the English edition Imagining the Evidence / Álvaro Siza, distinguished as one of the best books of 2022 by magazine Domus.

He is founder of the publisher Monade books with a global reach, promoting excellence in architecture thinking and research.

He was a member of the Portuguese Council of Architects, National Admissions Council and currently of the Board of General Assembly.

João is skipper, enjoys sailing and photography.







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