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.
In recent years, the practice has been awarded several nominations: Prémio Municipal Arquitetura de Odivelas, PNAM 2023, PNAM 2017, among others. Recently, Manuel Tojal Architects Studio was selected as one of the 25 best practices in Architizer´s "25 Best Architecture Firms in Portugal".
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.