CAMARIM Architects

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CAMARIM ArchitectsVasco Matias Correia and Patrícia Sousa founded Camarim in 2007 with the ambition of creating spatial solutions that make life easier and rewarding.

Our work has attracted the attention of magazines, books, documentaries, and universities from several countries from America to Asia. We believe this acknowledgment is due to the energy that we invest in the conception and details of all our projects.

Ethos
We operate on a wide range of design briefs, budgets and scales on new buildings, existing buildings and product design.

We approach each project as an opportunity to explore new solutions according to the client’s brief.

We are steered by a sensitivity to the physical and cultural context.

We aim to design systems that are durable, functional, flexible, energy-efficient, beautiful and timeless.

We seek materials and spaces that produce, in addition to a visual experience, an acoustic, aromatic and tactile experience that evolves throughout the day, the seasons and life, as a living organism.

Approach
We work closely with clients, engineers, contractors and end users in a participatory production process so that each project converges into a holistic solution – informed, intelligent and innovative – that generates the best value out of the available resources.

We take building codes into consideration from the outset and arrange regular meetings with planning authorities to ensure swift and effectual processes.

We continuously monitor the budget so that there is as little variation as possible from preliminary budget to the final cost.

We detail tender documentation to the point where every component – from each material specification down to the position of every light switch – is sturdily controlled.

We stay actively involved throughout the whole process – including construction – to ensure that the final work stays true to the original vision.

VASCO MATIAS CORREIA
Born in Lisbon in 1978, he lives in Olhão till 1996, the year he is admitted in the Faculdade de Arquitectura da Universidade de Lisboa, with the average grade 19 (0-20).

In 2001 he earns an Erasmus Scholarship to study at the Institut Supérieur d’Architecture Saint-Luc de Wallonie in Liège, Belgium, where he obtains grade A with “Grand Distinction”.

In 2003 he completes his Internship with Honours and earns the Diploma in Architecture by the FAUL.
He is a member of the Ordem dos Arquitectos (equivalent to UK’s ARB) since 2004.

Between 2003 and 2006 he collaborates with Stéphane Beel Architecten in Ghent, Belgium, where he is broadly engaged in the project for the School of Dance, Drama and Music of deSingel KunstCentrum, in Antwerp.

From 2006 to 2007 he works with Norman Foster (Foster+Partners) in London, where he collaborates in “The Bow” project – an office tower to house the HQ of Canadian oil company Encana in Calgary, Canada. Then he works on a Masterplan for Seville – in association with Jean Nouvel and Arata Isozaki – and he designs an office tower to be the tallest building in the city.
In 2007 he founds Camarim with Patrícia Sousa.

PATRÍCIA FERREIRA DE SOUSA
Born in Lisbon in 1978. She is the recipient of the Prize for Best Student of Colégio Moderno, in Lisbon, for 3 consecutive times between 1993 and 1995. In 1996 she is admitted in the Faculdade de Arquitectura da Universidade de Lisboa with the average grade 19 (0-20).

In 2001 she earns an Erasmus Scholarship to study at the Institut Supérieur d’Architecture Saint-Luc de Wallonie in Liège, Belgium, where she obtains grade A with “Grand Distinction”.

In 2003 she completes her Internship with Honours and earns the Diploma in Architecture by the FAUL.
She is a member of the Ordem dos Arquitectos (equivalent to UK’s ARB) since 2004.

Between 2003 and 2006 she collaborates with Stéphane Beel Architecten in Ghent, Belgium, where she works in two winning proposals for invited competitions: Museum Leuven and the Psychiatric Hospital. She is also broadly involved in the project for Gasthuisberg’s Administration Centre – Belgium’s largest college hospital.

From 2006 to 2007 she works with AHMM, in London, where she collaborates in 2 high-end residential developments for the city, one of which for the developer Roger Zogolovich.
In 2007 she founds Camarim with Vasco Correia.