Barbas Lopes Arquitectos was established by Patricia Barbas and Diogo Lopes in 2006. The practice is engaged in collaborations with other architects such as Peter Markli and Goncalo Byrne. Barbas Lopes Arquitectos concluded the Reconversion of the Thalia Theater in Lisbon. Their work has been published by international media such as Bauwelt, Baumeister, Blueprint, Casabella, Domus, Icon, Wallpaper.
Patricia Barbas (Luanda, 1971) holds a diploma in Architecture from FAUTL, Lisbon. She collaborated with Aires Mateus, Goncalo Byrne, and Joao Pedro de Campos. During 2005 -2006 was a project coordinator for Promontorio Architects in Salvador da Bahia. Diogo Seixas Lopes (Lisbon, 1972 - 2016) finished architecture at FAUTL, Lisbon and doctorate at ETH Zurich. He was a Guest Professor at DARQ.FCTUC, Coimbra.
From the architects' statement:"Facing the Atlantic Ocean, Portugal has an architectural tradition of great richness. Over the last decades, its history has been reinvented by names like Eduardo Souto de Moura, and Alvaro Siza. To use an expression of the latter, architecture remains for us a poetic profession. In order to make concrete this cultural commitment, ideas have to be pragmatic. Projects and buildings must express this need, to improve reality. Their economy of means also relates to another local concept, of plain architecture. The ability to do more with less is its greatest asset, especially when resources are scarce."
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