A five-partner firm lead by Paulo Martins Barata, Joao Luis Ferreira, Paulo Perloiro, Pedro Appleton and Joao Perloiro, PROMONTORIO is a full-service architecture, planning, landscaping, interior design and graphics team that began in Lisbon in 1990 as an experimental studio. It consistently grew into a practice of sixty architects, planners, landscape architects, interior designers and graphic designers.
Underlying its approach to the urban form, the work of PROMONTORIO has often been identified with the pursuit of a ‘system of robustness’ (i.e. solidity, stability and durability) both in terms of representational meaning and technical research. This in turn, has been implemented and tested in vast construction sites and under challenging time and budget constraints.
Our process springs from a dynamic and focused design culture that fosters collaboration above all. This cohesive and interactive structure enables us to deal with large and complex projects both in terms of design and programme. Ranging from schools, museums and cultural institutions, to housing, offices, hotels and retail, PROMONTORIO has accomplished projects in Algeria, Angola, Brazil, Bulgaria, Cape Verde, China, Doha, Dubai, Egypt, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Georgia, Mozambique, Portugal, Qatar, Romania, Saudi Arabia, Serbia, Spain, Switzerland, Turkey, the USA and Vietnam, having established partnerships in many of these.
The work of PROMONTORIO has been widely published in A10, Area, Architectural Review, Architecti, Arqa, Arquitectura Viva, A+T, Detail, 2G, Domus, Expresso, Prototypo, Público, JA, Lotus, Techniques & Architecture, The Plan, etc. Our work has received various international awards and has been presented in conferences and lectures in Austria, Brazil, Finland, France, Germany, Holland, Italy, Portugal, UK and the USA. It was exhibited, among others, in the 9th Venice Architecture Biennial, in La Triennale di Milano, in Arc en rêve (Bordeaux), in Cornell University (Ithaca), in Aedes Gallery (Berlin) and more recently in the BSA (Boston Society of Architects).