Manuel Tojal Architects Studio is a young architecture studio founded in 2014, which believes that architecture is a social art, where the incessant search for alchemy transforms the profession into a way of life.

In 2017 the Casa Chanca project was selected by the PNAM award (National Prize for Wooden Architecture). The studio work has grown gradually and consistently and has been widely recognized and published.


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Manuel Tojal, PT

Principal Architect

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 the Manuel Tojal Architects Studio, he collaborated with several studios, including Cadaval & Solà-Morales studio, in Barcelona, ​​and RMAA studio, in São Paulo. Manuel Tojal is also co-author of Casa na Travessa do Patrocínio, in Lisbon, built-in 2012. which won the Architizer Building of the Year award and was a finalist in the Archdaily Building of the Year in the same year.


Francisca Patuleia Figueiras, PT

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!

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Liliana Nóbrega, PT
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 Marques, FR

Architect | Social Media


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.

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