The company

Miguel Guedes Arquitectos provides a range of services connected to the activity of architecture, urbanism and construction, namely: architectural projects, urban projects, landscaping projects, engineering projects, legalizations, utilization permits, architectural surveys, geo-referenced topographical surveys, existing tree cover surveys, interior design/construction, energy and environmental certification under the construction certification system LiderA.

It arises from a number of other companies of wich its managing partner Miguel Ferreira Guedes de Carvalho was a partner. The first company from wich he was a part of was AR, arquitectos reunidos, lda, between 1988 and 1993, having departed in 1993 to constitute the first Miguel Guedes, arquitecto, lda, wich he kept until 2006, when, associated with the architect João Aires Pereira, constitutes Miguel Guedes, Aires Pereira, arquitectos, lda. This association remained until the end of 2008, when he returns to Miguel Guedes, architecto, lda, this time associated with the architect Miguel Pinto Rodrigues Guedes de Carvalho, simultaneously constituting a service provider and consulting company to practice in Mozambique, based in Maputo.

The current members os the company Miguel Guedes, arquitecto, lda are the architects:



Our office window view, Miragaia, Porto . photo by Carlos Dias


MIGUEL FERREIRA GUEDES DE CARVALHO, born in Oporto, on June 2nd, 1956.
Accumulates a professional experience of approximately 36 years, focused towards the development of architectural projects, master plans, project management, procurement and construction work supervision. His experience begins even before entering the Faculty of Architecture, collaborating on the architectural survey of the nº 52 parcel, of CRUARB, Ribeira, Barredo, at the historical district of Oporto. Subsequently enters the ESBAP, where he graduates in their course in Architecture. Still as a student, he is asked by the architect Siza Vieira as a collaborator in his office, where he will spend about 10years. In 1981, he is invited to collaborate with the architects Olivier Girard and Laurent Israel, on the implementation project for 140 apartments in Reims. Back in Portugal, he is reinstated in the office of the architect Alvaro Siza until 1985, also starting his work independently and at his own office, where he carries out his first solo works. In 1987, in association with other architects, creates the office “Arquitectos Reunidos, Lda”, where he remained as managing partner until 1993, at time wich creates the office “Miguel Guedes, arquitecto, lda” where he works to this day. In the course of the activity of the MG, lda, he had other partnerships, namely MGAP, lda (Miguel Guedes e Aires Pereira, arquitectos, lda) between 2006 and 2008, where he lead and was responsible for the Construction License for the company ERGOHAB, sociedade de construções, lda, between 2003 and 2010, and by the end of 2008 begins his internationalization by opening a company in Mozambique, also in this area, named Miguel Guedes de Carvalho, arquitecto, soc. Unipessoal, lda., having started in early 2010 a closer collaboration with the company ARKIMOZ lda, of the architect Dionisio Zaqueu.
Awarded the degree of Grand Master of the Order of Merit by His Excellency the President of Portugal, for his work on the Pavilion of the Future project for EXPO98 in Lisbon.
1993 – Honorable Mention awarded by the Prémio João de Almada for his work on the remodeling of the building for Restaurant D. Tonho, in the historical district of Ribeira, Oporto
1995 – 1st prize on the competition by invitation for the Pavilion of the Future, for the EXPO’98 in Lisbon (co-authored project)
1997 – Honorable Mention awarded on the competition by invitation for the installation of a Documentation and Press Center, Museum and Gymnasium, at the Palácio de Belém, for the Presidency.
1998 – 1st place on the competition by invitation conducted by the City Council of the city of Oporto for the 4th remodeling of buildings in the historical district of Oporto 
2002 – Honorable Mention on the Competition for a Hall of Justice in Vila do Porto in Azores
2009 – 1 st prize on the Public Competition of Ideas for the Spaces and Public Buildings of the Natural Reserve of Dunas de S. Jacinto
2009 – 1 st place on the competition by invitation for the architectural design and expansion of the water treatment plant in Maputo, Mozambique, in partnership with Golder Associates, Motaengil, Efacec SA and Sogitel.
2009 – 1 st place on the public competition for the coordination of specialities of the Casa da Cultura in Oliveira do Bairro
2010 – 1 st place on competion for a project team for the design of the Casa da Memória for the Guimarães European Capital of Culture 2012
2012 - Winning team of former "Confiança" factory ideas competition in Braga
1990 - Architectures à Porto”-Opus Incertum-Pierre Mardaga éditeur
1991 - in ”Stella Polare Guide di architettura”- Giacomo Borella - Culp. CittàStudi
1991 - in “ARCHITÉCTI-Portugal 1991”- Editora Trifória, Lda
1991 - in Revista “BAU nº 10” - Arquitecturas de Oporto
1994 - in “Encontros sobre a jovem arquitectura Europeia “ - Programa Kaleidoscópio
1996 - in “Lisbon World Expo 98 Projects”-Luiz Trigueiros Claudio Sat e Cristina Oliveira – Editorial BLAU
1996 - in Revista “ O Tripeiro” 7ª serie, ano XVI, nº6 . 7 . JUN/JUL 97” - coisas do Porto
1997 - in “ Catálogo Oficial Pavilhão do Futuro”- Expo’98-Parque Expo 98, S. A .
1998 - in “Evasões” – Março/2003 – Turismo de Habitação em Felgar – Editora Pressmundo




MIGUEL PINTO RODRIGUES GUEDES DE CARVALHO, born in Oporto, on April 24th, 1976.
 He is currently an associate of the company Miguel Guedes, arquitecto lda. Degree in Architecture by the Universidade Lusiada do Porto, since 1999, completes his Master in Architecture at the Universidade Lusíada, with a thesis entitled “Sustainable Architecture: Bioregionalism” in 2009. Responsible for the concept and lauch of the website “Architecture and Sustainability”. Attended training courses about energy efficiency, like PassivHaus expert (german standard on very low energy houses) in Barcelona, (RCCTE thermal portuguese regulations), Sustainability (LiderA 2.0 adviser) and real estate valuation. Takes part in countless training courses, seminars and lectures, highlighting: Fribourg – Vorarlberg course: architecture, urbanism and sustainable development, field trip with seminars and training courses in loco studying the eco-neighborhood Vauban and Fribourg (Germany), and Voralberg (Austria) promoted by Ikos and the Union of Architects of Paris; training course in eco-building and wooden architecture in the United Kingdom, field trip with in loco presentations of the buildings by their authors, promoted by the Atlanbois association in Nantes, France.
  Orador nas Eco-jornadas organizadas pela plataforma PassivHausZero-Energy no âmbito da programação do mês da arquitetura ArqOUT 20Speaker at Viver a Reabilitação 2014 set by VidaImobiliaria magazine and Minho university; seminar “PassivHaus Norm introdution”, set by PassivHaus Portugal Association, at FAUP - Oporto Faculty of Architecture and FEUP - Oporto Faculty of Engineering; speaker at "refurbishing week at Lisbon 2014"; speaker at the 1st PassivHaus introdution course in March 2013, co-instructor at the workshop "Home and energy" and speaker at Eco Jornadas , both set by PassivHausZero-energy platform in 2012; speaker at Pecha Kucha night Guimarães v2 in March 2012; Guest speaker at the postgraduate in Sustainable Living, in ESAD 2011; guest speaker for the association for sustainable development AVE in the Centro da Memória, in Vila do Conde; guest speaker in the seminar Connecting professionals over the BIM concept (2011); selected article for the international conference COST Action C25 FINAL CONFERENCE Sustainability of Constructions Integrated Approach to Life-time Structural Engineering 03rd –2011 in University of Innsbruck, Austria; several articles about the Casa da Memória and S. Jacinto designs; several articles about the advanced use of Graphisoft’s Archicad software.
Winning team of former "Confiança" factory ideas competition in Braga 2012 ; Competion for refurbishment of Jordão theatre (future music and dance academy and auditorium) in Guimarães 2012 - 1st place ; Intermediate level institutes for Arts and Culture of Mozambique; Eco-neighborhood in Alcobaça; Riverfront in Caminha – 2nd place; Public Competition upon prior selection for the ÁguaVida Building design; Competition for the design of Casa da Memória in Guimarães, for the Guimarães European Capital of Culture 2012 – 1st place; Competition for the design of Spaces and Public Buildings of the Natural Reserve Dunas de S. Jacinto – 1st place; Competiotion for the Innovation and Culture Nucleus in Oliveira de Azeméis; architectural design and expansion of the water treatment plant in Maputo, Mozambique, in partnership with Golder Associates, Motaengil, Efacec SA and Sogitel – 1st place; Public Competition for the Sea Front of Faro, with an area of 50000 square meters; Design and construction management of the remodelling of the Valentim de Carvalho music school, 350 square meters, Av. Da Boavista, Oporto; Public Competition for a Hall of Justice in Vila do Porto In Santa Maria, Azores (honorable mention, 4th place); remodeling of the Pavillion of the Future "FACILITIES FOR THE GENERAL SECRETARY FOR THE PRESIDENCY OF THE COUNCIL OF MINISTERS", Parque das Nações, Lisbon; Documentation and Press Center, Museum and Gymnasium, at the Palácio de Belém, Lisbon, for the Presidency (honorable mention)


Miguel Guedes, Lda is in Mozambique since November 2008, the year he had his first foray into this country driven by a project to which he was invited involving complete refurbishment and expansion of Maputo ETA, which was conducted by Mota Engil, Mozambique.

Noticing that Mozambican market could be a potential market for the practice of our activities and services, both as a company and in association with similar companies from Mozambique. Since then it has developed various projects with different companies including, Arkimoz. PDNA, Boassociados, GTO and Mozta engineering.

Usual partnerships


webdevelopers, multimedia and cowork neighbors


Carlos Melo Dias

architect, co-author of numerous work


Raul Andrade Pereira

post-graduate architect, collaborator and co-author of numerous works


Atelier do Beco da Bela Vista

landscape architects, cousins ​​/ nephews


Infor Lda

Archicad resellers and old friends


Cláudio Lima consultores

Assistência Hard e Soft ware


Get Gestão de Energia Térmica Lda


Mechanical, gas, thermal, RSECE and related


Our work searchs a better and better professional practice as a primary goal.

The concept of "sustainability" to which we added "responsibility" has been our main focus of research, training and increasing integration in our practice.

We have sought concrete ways to build well and responsibly, seeking preferably concrete and measurable methods to practice sustainable construction, such as:


Passive House - advanced training in German PassivHaus certification system developed by the Passivhaus Institut - very low energy houses

The method is based on: high thermal insulation, high efficiency mechanical ventilation, air tightness, the use of efficient bioclimatic design passive solar extremely based on site-specific climate data.

This certification is widely used in central and northern Europe (mandatory even in some provinces), and is also increasing in the southern countries. 


NZEB - Net zero energy buildings


Site architecture and sustainability

Website created in 2009 and under development with the goal of deepening the research of sustainable architecture in national and international current affairs, with a critical-oriented practice.

It is intended as an information platform to act in a pragmatic manner towards improving the practice of architecture.

A search was carried out throughout History, selecting the pieces found crucial for a better understanding of architecture, and specifically, the issues pertaining sustainability.

The website is divided in several subjects: definitions, parameters, historical context, traditional architecture, and contemporary examples of its application.

A detailed study of works is carried out (case-studies), among the countless studied and visited ( the BedZed project, Beddington Zero fossil energy development in south London, designed by Bill Dunster architects, eco-neighborhood in Freiburg, Germany, wooden construction in southern England)