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Carlos Castanheira


Born in Lisbon in 1957, Carlos Castanheira is a member of the generation of Portuguese architects who consider themselves professional descendants of Alvaro Siza, with whom Castaneira worked for fourteen years. Active primarily in the residential sector, he is known for his work with timber frames and architectural components, with a focus on the details of construction.
After graduating from School of Fine Arts in Porto in 1981, Castaneira began to practice the profession while attending the Academie voor Bouwkunst in Amsterdam. He lived in the Netherlands until 1991, when he founded his own studio with Maria Clara Bastai. Over the years he has researched living functions and use of wood in combination with different materials as a reflection of interaction between the built and natural worlds.
The prizes he has won include the National Prize for Architecture in Timber, several times for different residential projects. In addition to his architecture career, Castaneira holds conferences, sits on competition juries, edits publications and curates exhibitions, such as the Alvaro Siza exhibitions in 2009 and 2012.

Carlos Castanheira works and projects

- Casa a Costa Grande, Baião (Portogallo), 2009
- Casa Adpropeixe, Vilar da Viega, Gerês (Portogallo), 2008
- Casa Avenal, Avenal, Oliveira de Azeméis (Portogallo), 2004
- Casa Tivinha, Oliveira de Azeméis (Portogallo), 2002
- Casa Quinta da Buraca III, Gandarinha, Oliveira de Azeméis (Portogallo), 2001

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