Francisco Vieira de Campos and Cristina Guedes created their studio Menos é Mais (meaning Less is More), in Oporto in 1994. The ability to do more with less is its greatest asset, especially when resources are scarce. “They became, by their tireless experimentation, a sort of “military engineers”, evoking the best Portuguese traditions, always starting from the same poetic pragmatism”. (1)
Both architects teach and have been invited to be lecturers at Oporto Faculty of Architecture, Mendrisio Academy, ETH Zurich and TU Wien, among other schools. They have been invited to international conferences, jury’s awards, seminars and exhibitions all over the world.
Recently they were awarded the FAD 2016 (Barcelona), BIAU 2016 (São Paulo) and were shortlisted for the Mies Van der Rohe Award in 2015 and the RIBA International Prize in 2016.
Their work is related to specific contexts and involves a timeless sense of objectivity and craft, associating technology with nostalgia. This is best typified in the Vallado Gravity Winery in Douro valley; the Cable Car complex in the Historic Site of Gaia (shown in the 2016 Venice Architectural Biennale underlining the question “is it possible to create public space within a private commission?”); and in the exquisite Arquipélago Contemporary Arts Centre (2) on the Azores island of S. Miguel.
(1) GRANDE, Nuno (2013): “The infra-structural beauty of the works of the team Menos é Mais” in Menos é Mais, Francisco Vieira de Campos y Cristina Guedes. Arquitectura, Valencia, Espanha: TC cuadernos monografias.
(2) With João Mendes Ribeiro
Menos é Mais Arquitectos is the office created in Oporto in 1994 by Cristina Guedes and Francisco Vieira de Campos.
Both graduated from Oporto School (FAUP), Francisco Vieira de Campos worked with Eduardo Souto de Moura (1989-1991) and Cristina Guedes with Álvaro Siza (1991).
They both teach, FVC (FAUP) and CG (FAAULP), and have been invited to critics at Mendrisio Architecture Academy and ETH Zurich, Switzerland, TUWien, Austria and dARQ-FCTUC, Coimbra, Portugal.
Their main works are programmatic responses related to specific contexts, such as Quinta do Vallado Winnery and Wine Hotel, Gaia Cablecar, ReOrdering of the Public Spaces of Social Housing Blocks in Oporto and Archipelago Contemporary Art Centre in Azores, Portugal.
They have been invited for international lectures, workshops, seminars and exhibits at Dublin, Grenoble, Salamanca, Milan, Cádiz, Oporto, Lisbon, São Paulo, New York, Napoles, Nancy, Ayamonte, Mantua, Viena, Dubrovnik, Zagreb, Valencia, Montevideo, Barcelona, Logroño, Santiago de Compostela, Bochum, Venice. They have also taken part in both national and international award juries. Cristina Guedes acted as Commissary of Portugal at the IX BIAU New Geographies.
They took part in national and international exhibits, such as “La Biennale di Venezia – The 15th International Architecture Exhibition “, in Venice (2016), Mies van der Rohe Award Exhibition”, in Barcelona (2015), “Transforming cityscapes – awarded works VIII IberoAmerican Architecture Biennial”, in Sevilha, Lisboa, Panamá and Washington (2013-2014), “Porto Poetic” at the Triennale di Milano (2013), “VIII BIAU”, in Cádiz, (2012), “Premis FAD 2012”, in Barcelona (2012), “Portugal Criativo.JPG”, in Barcelona (2011),the “34th World Congress Of Vine And Wine” promoted by the International Organisation of Vine and Wine (OIV) in Oporto (2011), Lisbon Architecture Triennale – Let’s talk about houses, in Lisbon (2010), “Mies van der Rohe Award Exhibition”, in Barcelona (2009), the “7th International Architecture Biennial, in São Paulo (2007), “Portugal Now Country Positions in Architecture and Urbanism” in New York (2007), “VI IberoAmerican Architecture Biennial”, in Lisbon (2007), Individual Exhibition REUNIÃO DE OBRA – Norte – #003 Tema: Indústria – Alfândega do Porto, (2006), “V IberoAmerican Architecture Biennial”, in Montevideo (2006), and “Metaflux” in the 9th International Architecture Biennial in Venice (2004).
Their work has been distinguished with various award: FAD Prize 2016 (Barcelona, Spain), BIAU Prize 2016 (São Paulo, Brazil) and 2012 (Cadiz, Spain), Best Of Wine Tourism 2013 (Florence), Award of Construction and Rehabilitation Prémios Construir 2012.
They were nominee for the RIBA international Prize 2016, finalist of the 2016 European Prize for Urban Public space; shortlist in Mies van der Rohe Award 2015, 2013,2009; honorable mention at IHRU nominee for the BIAU prize (2008 and 2006), shortlist in Secil Award 2012, 2008 and shortlist FAD prize 2006, 2002.