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Designs that tell a Story | Tiago do Vale Arquitectos

Photography by Raquel Carneiro

Tiago, Architect by the University of Coimbra and Editor of Design Media Publishing’s “Urban Complex” book as well as the Senior Architect from the award winning firm - Tiago do Vale Arquitectos explains how his designs have unique human qualities and the meaning of having a narrative for every design idea.


Q: Why did you get into Interior Design?

A: I guess it’s a natural consequence of the architectural practice. We feel the domain of our action is around everything that contributes to the definition of the experience of a space -interior or exterior, a room or a territory- so it’s a continuum that also encompasses Interior Design.

Q: How did you start up your career?

A: My first experience was after finishing second year of architectural school: I spent my summer working at an office trying to finance a trip to India and study the Portuguese architectural heritage there. From there, study and practice became intertwined. Later, I worked with a teacher of mine before eventually opening my own office.

Q: Where does your inspiration come from?

A: Everything that has shape, structure, rhythm and complexity can be an inspiration, and it can be reflected on our design quite literally or, more frequently, hidden in our process.

Q: Can you tell us about a significant accomplishment or project that you regard as notable?

A: Our Three Cusps Chalet has had amazing and unexpected repercussions. It is a Archdaily’s Building of the Year winner, Architizer’s A+Awards and was distinguished in the American Architecture Prize, among many other honors.

Q: Where would you like to see your company in 5 years from now?

A: Continuing this path of growth and quality work.