Manuel Tojal Architects Studio is an architecture studio founded in 2014. We develop projects of different scales and orders, with programs such as housing, services and public space. We work in collaboration with a variety of professionals, including engineers, landscape architects and artists. We dedicate ourselves to architecture in an almost obsessive way, where the incessant search for alchemy transforms the profession into a way of living. From rehabilitation to construction from scratch, the work method seeks to achieve non-normative, creative and transformative results. We are aware of the impact of the profession, on the planet, in the city, in the countryside and on people and therefore concepts such as sustainability, heritage and technology are fundamental to us. Our work translates into a great appreciation of the property and the management of the various expectations of the client. For us, it is essential to develop the more laboratory side of the studio, focusing on researching new construction techniques and materials, incorporating them into the studio's design method.
Manuel graduated from the Faculty of Architecture of the University of Lisbon (F.A.U.L) In 2007 he attended a one-year internship at the Tokyo Faculty of Architecture. During the internship, he collaborated with SANAA studio (Kazuyo Sejima and Ryue Nishizawa Architects and Asssociates), where he was responsible for the international competition for the Serralves Foundation Multifunctional Building (First Prize - 2008).
Before founding Manuel Tojal Architects, he collaborated with several studios, including Cadaval & Solà-Morales, in Barcelona, and RMAA, in São Paulo. He is also co-author of Casa na Travessa do Patrocínio, in Lisbon, built in 2012, winner of the Architizer Building of the Year award and honorable mention in the 2014 Valmor Award.
Francisca Patuleia Figueiras
The Engineer among the Architects!
Francisca completed an integrated master's degree in Biomedical Engineering at Universidade Nova de Lisboa. She continued her academic career in Barcelona where she completed her Ph.D. in Biomedicine in 2012 at Universitat Pompeu Fabra. In the last 10 years, she has dedicated herself to Clinical Research, where she acquired project management and coordination tools. In addition to her academic career, she is Mom and Yoguini.
In the studio her main role is to apply her management skills, giving creativity and art some discipline and focus!
Liliana completed her Integrated Master's degree in Architecture at Universidade Lusíada de Lisboa in 2013. Still as a student, she attended the Accademia di Architettura di Mendrisio where she was a student of the architects Kresten Geers (Office KGDVS) and Aires Mateus. In 2020 she finished her postgraduate studies in Construction and Sustainable Rehabilitation at Universidade Nova de Lisboa. In her free time she is active and entrepreneurial, standing out in Sidra's production.
In 2021 Liliana began her collaboration at the studio, also sharing the passion for the West.
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Paul attended the Fine Arts course in Paris (Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne). In 2009 he decided to move to Portugal and start his Integrated Master in Architecture at Universidade Lusíada de Lisboa, which he concluded in 2018. With additional training in UX Design (User Experience), he has worked within the StartUps market in several roles (Designer, Artistic Director, Co-founder).
In 2019 he joined the studio as a Trainee Architect. After the internship, he keeps working to the studio as an external collaborator.
Pryscila completed in 2018 her degree in Business Administration at Faculty FACEMG - Faculty of Education of Minas Gerais. After some working experiences in the administration field in Brazil, she decided to changed things upsidedown and moved to Portugal.
Since 2021, she has been working at the studio providing administrative support in the accounting and human resources processes. Due to her Brazilian heritage, she is also responsible for the department of juices and cheese bread.