João Luís Carrilho da Graça, is an architect graduated from ESBAL (Lisbon School of Fine Arts) in 1977. In this same year he started his professional life.
Lectured at the Faculty of Architecture of the Technical University of Lisbon between 1977 and 1992.
Professor at the Lisbon Autónoma University since 2001. Professor at the Architecture Department of the Évora University since 2005. At the present time, Head of both Architecture Departments.
Invited Professor at Navarra University Architecture School in 2007 and 2010. Invited for lectures in seminars and conferences at several Internacional Universities.
He was honoured with the "Pessoa Prize" distintion, in 2008; with the order for Merit of the Portuguese Republic, in 1999, and with the "International Art Critics Association" prize, in 1992.
His work has been awarded with the International Light Biennial - LuzBoa Award, in 2004; with "FAD" Award, in 1999, with the "Valmor" prize, in 1998; with the "Secil" prize, in 1994; and was nominated for the "Mies Van der Rohe" European Architecture Award in 1990, 1992, 1994 and 2009.