Founded in 2010 our practice naturally springs from the vast professional experience attained as a result of the work developed independently and in collaboration with award winning practices in London and Lisbon since 2000.
In recent years our practice has seen its work commended in several occasions. A house in Sintra, Portugal was shortlisted for the RIBA EU Awards 2013. This project was also selected for the Lisbon Architecture Trienalle in September 2013, exhibited in the format of a short documentary titled “Encounters” (www.architectureplayer.com/clips/encounters).
In 2013 the practice won an international architectural competition for the Alvenaria Social Housing project in Lisbon, in partnership with Alexandre Dias and Luis Spranger. This project was exhibited and presented by Bruno Silvestre at the Beijing Design Week 2014 as part of an exhibition and lecture series featuring the work of a selection of young practices from Spain and Portugal.
Bruno Silvestre studied Architecture at the Department of Architecture of the University of Coimbra, Portugal, where he graduated in 2000. Since then Bruno worked for Pedro Mauricio Borges and for Manuel Graça Dias + Egas Vieira in Lisbon, before joining Henley Hale-Brown in London in 2003. In parallel with these collaborations Bruno has developed architectural work independently since graduation and in 2010 he founded brunosilvestreARCHITECTURE.
Bruno has been involved in Architectural Education since 2007. Bruno is currently a senior lecturer in Architecture at the Department of Architecture + Landscape of Kingston University London. His teaching roles include a third year design studio alongside a History of Architecture lecture course to first year.
Recently, Bruno has developed and presented his research work on Design Studio teaching in international conferences in the UK, Portugal and Spain. Bruno has also been an invited critic at the University of East London, Cambridge University, Glasgow Mackintosh School of Architecture, London Metropolitan University and at the Bartlett School of Architecture in the UK and at the School of Architecture at the University of Evora in Portugal.
How We Work
For us, Architecture is a form of cultural expression and the primary framework for social engagement. In our view, the human dimension of Architecture is expressed in the way each building becomes a sustainable and lasting legacy that positively contributes to the physical, social, ecological and cultural context it is part of. It is our main responsibility to design buildings that draw on the practical needs of users to generate beautiful spaces and meaningful places.
In each project we aim to exceed clients’ expectations and heighten aspirations. This is only possible through the mutual engagement with clients, whose invaluable input is critical for the high level of quality our projects strive to achieve. We expect every client to be a major contributor to a better project, to a better building and ultimately to a better future for our cities and landscapes.
Mutual engagement means clear forms of communication. We use a wide range of media and techniques to develop and communicate our ideas. Sketches, physical and digital models, diagrams, drawings and photomontages are a critical part of our design process and are simultaneously instruments of communication with our clients in design meetings and workshops.
The academic experience, through the research and design work developed by our students, has significantly contributed to our work in practice. Teaching gives us the sense of double responsibility for our work and an intellectual and professional obligation to achieve the highest possible standards in architectural practice. Teaching, for us, is a form of learning.