Manuel Aires Mateus was born in Lisbon in 1963 and he graduated at the Facultad de Arquitectura at Universidade Tecnica in 1986. He started collaborating with architect Gonçalo Byrne in 1983 – fundamental experience for his professional education – till the foundation in 1988 of Aires Mateus & Associados studio, together with his brother Francisco.
Private and public works, numerous awards and international competitions, and the publication of their works in worldwide press releases shape the Aires Mateus brothers as breakthrough figures of the new European architecture, they being characterized by a rigorous research and an extraordinary care in the quality of their works.
The formation in the cultural Portuguese environment, dominated by internationally relevant personalities as Tavora, Siza, Souto de Moura and Byrne, haven’t limited or prevented the elaboration of a personal “style” characterized, since its beginnings, by an evident and recognizable mark.
Since 1997 Manuel Aires Mateus has been ordinary professor at Lisbon Lusiada University and since 1998 at the Independent University of Lisbon; from 2002 to 2005 he was Visiting Professor at the Graduate School of Design at Harvard University. Since 2001 he has been teaching at Mendrisio Architecture Academy.