Aires Mateus is a Portuguese architects office founded by brothers Manuel Aires Mateus (°Lisboa, 1963) and Francisco Aires Mateus (°Lisboa, 1964).
Manuel started, after an early collaboration with architect Gonçalo Byrne from 1983, the office Aires Mateus & Associados with his Francisco brother in 1988. Their projects – variable in scale and characterized by a tight game of mass and materiality – have helped to shape of contemporary architecture in Portugal. Known for converting traditional Portuguese form in detail-free surfaces and for their interest in sculptural rigor, they dragged for many awards, both nationally and internationally.
In addition to their professional activities, give the brothers also teach at prestigious universities such as Harvard University (USA), University of Ljubljana (Slovenia), Accademia di architettura di Mendrisio (Switzerland since 2001), Universidade Autónoma and Lusíada University (Lisbon, since 1997).