Menos é Mais

Menos é Mais Arquitectos is an office created in Porto by Cristina Guedes (Macau) and Francisco Vieira de Campos (Porto) in 1994. The ability to do more and better with less is our motto, seek to balance the "economy" of means with the "richness" in the materiality and emotional involvement of the users. Our works are a pragmatic response to specific contexts. These principles are visible from the first works to the Recovery Project of Quinta do Vallado, in the Douro Valley; in the Cable Car complex in the Historic Site of Gaia and in Archipelago - Centro de Artes Contemporânea, on the island of São Miguel in Azores (these two were exhibited at the Venice Biennale in 2016 "Reporting from the front" and 2018 "Public Without Rhetoric"). CG teaches at FAUP, FAAULP and USI - Accademia di Architettura di Mendrisio (2018-2022). FVC teaches at FAUP and Navarra University, in Pamplona (2019). They were invited to national and international conferences, juries, exhibitions and critics in various faculties as ETH Zurich, TU Wien, Lausanne Polytechnic, Mackintosh School of Architecture, Trinity College Dublin, among others. More recently, Menos é Mais won the Secil Architecture Prize in 2020 (Lisbon), the AIT Prize in 2020 (Frankfurt), the National Wood Architecture Prize in 2020 (Alcobaça), the BIGMAT'17 International Architecture Restoration Prize (Luxembourg), the FAD Prize in 2016 (Barcelona), and the BIAU Architecture Prize in 2016 (São Paulo), 2012 (Cádiz) and 2006 (Montevideo). Menos é Mais was also nominated for the Mïes van der Rohe Prize in 2019, 2015, 2013 and 2009 (Barcelona). CG and FVC were awarded by the Royal Institute of British Architects becoming International RIBA Fellows.

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