the atelier

Menos é Mais Arquitectos is an office created in Porto by Francisco Vieira de Campos (Porto) and Cristina Guedes (Macau) in 1994. The ability to do more and better with less is their motto, seek to balance the "economy" of means with the "wealth" in the materiality and emotional involvement of the users. His works are a pragmatic response to specific contexts. These principles are visible from the first works to the Recovery Project of Quinta do Vallado; and in the Archipelago Centro de Artes Contemporânea, on the island of São Miguel in Azores (a co-authoring Menos é Mais with JMR).

"Through untiring experimentation, they became a kind of military engineers, evoking the best Portuguese tradition, always beginning with the same poetic pragmatism." Nuno Grande

CG teaches in USI - Accademia di Architettura di Mendrisio and FAAULP. 

FVC teaches at FAUP and Navarra University, in Pamplona.

They were invited to national and international conferences, juries, exhibitions and critics in various faculties as ETH Zurich, TU Wien at the Polytechnic of Lausanne, among others.

They were awarded by the Royal Institute of British Architects becoming International RIBA Fellows.

Awards and Distinctions

Winner ex aequo, Secil Architecture Award 2020 (Portugal)

Winner, National Wooden Architecture Award 2019 (Portugal)

Winner, Construction Award 2018 - "Best Private Project" (Lisbon, Portugal)

Winner, Best of Wine Tourism Awards 2018 - "Architecture and Landscape" (Valparaiso, Chile)

Winner, Tektónica Architecture Award 2017 (Lisbon, Portugal)

Winner, Premis FAD Architecture 2016 (Barcelona, Spain)

Winner, BIAU Award (Bienal Ibero Americana de Arquitectura e Urbanismo) 2016 (Sao Paulo, Brazil)

Winner, RIBA Award for International Excellence 2016 (London, England)

Honorable Mention, Douro's Architecture Award 2013/2014

Winner, Best Of Wine Tourism Award 2013 (Florence, Italy)

Winner, Construction Award 2012 - "Best Private Project" (Lisbon, Portugal)

Winner, BIAU Award (Bienal Ibero Americana de Arquitectura e Urbanismo) 2012 (Cadiz)

Honorable Mention, Douro's Architecture Award 2010/2011

Honorable Mention, IHRU Award of Construction and Rehabilitation 2008

Nominations

Nominated, European Union Prize for Contemporary Architecture Mies van der Rohe Award
2019 (Portugal)

Finalist, BigMat International Architecture 2017 - "Restoration" (Luxemburgo)

Finalist, European Prize for Urban Public Space 2016 (Barcelona, Spain)

Finalist, RIBA International Prize 2016 (London, England)

Finalist, European Union Prize for Contemporary Architecture Mies van der Rohe Award
2015

Finalist, Premis FAD 2013 - "Interiorism" (Barcelona, Spain)

Finalist, Premis FAD 2012 - "Architecture" (Barcelona, Spain)

Finalist, Premis FAD 2012 - "City and Landscape" (Barcelona, Spain)

Nominated, Secil Architecture Award 2012

Nominated, Secil Architecture Award 2008

Nominated, Secil Architecture Award 2006

Nominated, Premis FAD 2002 - "Architecture and Interiorism" (Barcelona, Spain)

the team

Francisco Vieira de Campos

decampos@menosemais.com



Architects


Inês Mesquita

projecto2@menosemais.com

Ana Pinheiroprojecto6@menosemais.com

projecto4@menosemais.com

Former Colaborators

Margarida Paixão

Carla Almeida

Timothy Schultz

Francisco Mourão

Alexandra Pires

Fernando Pinheiro

Odete Pereira

Marco Paz 

Vicente Brito

Diogo Crespo

Patrícia Mendes 

Gabriela Barbosa

Maria Maltesinho

Cristina Maximino

Cláudia Costa 

Pedro Jordão 

Teresa Penas 

Luís Campos 

Vânia Maia

Adalgisa Lopes 

Ana Matias

Nelson Cambão

António Ferreira 

Ana Fernandes 

Pedro Monteiro

Mariana Sendas

João Pontes

 

Cristina Guedes 

cristinaguedes@menosemais.com

Andrea Fornasiero

projecto3@menosemais.com

Rodrigo Alves

projecto5@menosemais.com

projecto1@menosemais.com

Miguel Brochado 

Cláudia Santos 

Tiago Souto Castro 

Joana Miguel 

Francisco Lencastre 

Pedro Costa 

Inês Ferreira 

Neuza Talhão 

Pedro Azevedo 

Joel Gomes 

Alexis Ochochi 

Pedro Rodrigues

Sai Kumar

José Pedro Rocha

Martin Markl  

Adrián Sifres Ortega

Thibaud Herent

Giulio Marchetti

Ricardo Medina

Francesco Bottaro

Gonçalo Castro

Juliet Wolf

Guido Taddei

Mattia Bocchini

Chiara Patone

Daniel Ferreira

Carolina Rodrigues

Francisco Vieira de Campos

decampos@menosemais.com

Cristina Guedes

cristinaguedes@menosemais.com

Architects

Inês Mesquita

Projecto2@menosemais.com

Carla Lourenço

Projecto6@menosemais.com

Ricardo Medina

Projecto1@menosemais.com


Team

Inês Batista

Gonçalo Castro

Former Collaborators

‍Margarida Paixão

Carla Almeida

Timothy Schultz

Francisco Mourão

Alexandra Pires

Fernando Pinheiro

Odete Pereira

Marco Paz

Vicente Brito

Diogo Crespo

Patrícia Mendes

Gabriela Barbosa

Maria Maltesinho

Cristina Maximino

Cláudia Costa

Pedro Jordão

Teresa Penas

Luís Campos

Vânia Maia

Adalgisa Lopes

Ana Matias

Nelson Cambão

António Ferreira

Ana Fernandes

Pedro Monteiro

Mariana Sendas

João Pontes

Miguel Brochado

Cláudia Santos

Tiago Souto Castro

Joana Miguel

Francisco Lencastre

Pedro Costa

Inês Ferreira

Neuza Talhão

Pedro Azevedo

Joel Gomes

Alexis Ochochi

Pedro Rodrigues

Sai Kumar

José Pedro Rocha

Martin Markl  

Adrián Sifres Ortega

Thibaud Herent

Giulio Marchetti

Francesco Bottaro

Juliet Wolf

Andrea Fornasiero

Guido Taddei