Since 1984 established own practice in Porto.
Lectured on Own Work in Spain, England, USA, Italy, Sweden, Ireland, Austria, Germany and Slovenia. Work and printed in various publications Casabella, Domus, Bauwelt, Daidalos, A+U, Harvard Design Magazine, etc. In 1988 participated in the exhibition Emerging European Architects, GSD Harvard and Columbia Universities, USA. Guest Professor, in Santander’s Summer School, between 2004 and 2008 in Catholic University, Viseu, and in Uni, in 2010-2011 in Cesena-Bologna in Italy and from 2007 to 2009 in ETH, Zurich.
The Music Conservatory project, in Coimbra, received an award nomination from both Secil and Mies award. José Paulo dos Santos work is published in Own Work, CWA and Ptototypo Monograph.