oitoo is a collective of experienced architects currently active on several fronts and focused on reuse and reactivation of spaces and territories.
Established in late 2017, oitoo is based in Porto and Lisbon, developing projects over Portugal and abroad.
With solid and heterogeneous professional experiences collected in London, Lisbon, Basel, Milan, Mendrisio and Beijing, oitoo operates locally, merging networking and international knowledge.
We embrace 2 different realms to approach architecture: on one hand the office, committed to designing, building and thinking architecture, working with different programmes, uses and scales; on the other, the observatory, where we research, analyze and discuss alternatives for the urban and territorial issues, such as under-exploited or simply forgotten places and buildings, finding ways for their reactivation and reuse, increasing the quality of life and making a positive impact on users and local communities.
oitoo also combines design and construction with intense academic activity, and publications in specific subjects, such as yellowred, on reused architecture.
• a collective founded by experienced architects
• an open minded practice
• a hub for designing, writing, teaching and researching
• a key to (re)activate local communities
• a new benchmark for sustainable urban regeneration
• a connector for architecture and design
• based in Porto and Lisbon
• ready to be challenged!
Laura Lupini, João Machado, Diogo Zenha Morais, Maria Pais de Sousa, Nuno Baptista Rodrigues, are oitoo
Laura Lupini (Milan, 1978) graduated in Architecture from the Milan Politecnic and attended the Faculty of Architecture of the University of Porto (FAUP), as an Erasmus student; She has collaborated at several architecture practices in Switzerland, Italy and England. Among these, she was project manager at Claudio Silvestrin for works in Milan, Rome and Singapore. She was a founding director of Atelier Lupini Machado, in Milan, from 2010 to 2017, developing projects in Italy and Portugal; From 2014 until 2016 she was assistant professor at Prof. Martin Boesch reuse design studio, at the Accademia di architettura in Mendrisio, Switzerland. In April 2017 she published Yellowred, on reused architecture, written in co-authorship with Martin Boesch and João Machado; In September 2017, Atelier Lupini Machado merges withmerged with oitoo, based in Porto and Lisbon.
João Machado (Porto, 1979) graduated from the Faculty of Architecture of the University of Porto (FAUP); Worked with Silvia Gmür and Livio Vacchini in Basel, Switzerland; From 2006 to 2017, works as Assistant in Professor’s Martin Boesch reuse design studio at the Accademia di Architettura in Mendrisio, Switzerland; He was a founding director of Atelier Lupini Machado, in Milan, from 2010 to 2017 developing projects in Italy and Portugal; . From 2013, becomes teacher at SUPSI AI, in Lugano, being responsible of his own design studio; He co-authored, with Martin Boesch and Laura Lupini, the book Yellowred, on reused architecture; In September 2017, Atelier Lupini Machado merges with oitoo, based in Porto and Lisbon.
Diogo Zenha Morais (Porto, 1977) graduated from the Faculty of Architecture of the University of Porto (FAUP); He did his professional internship with Eduardo Souto de Moura, before moving to London, where he worked with world renowned practices like Adjaye Associates (2007-2011), Found Associates (2014-2017) and Rundell Associates (2017); From 2011, he has designed and built in the UK and Portugal as a freelance Architect before joining oitoo, based in Porto and Lisbon.
Nuno Baptista Rodrigues (Portimão, 1979) graduated from the Faculty of Architecture of the University of Porto (FAUP); Studied at Accademia di Architettura di Mendrisio, Switzerland, as an Erasmus student (2002-2003), followed by a professional internship with Peter Zumthor, in Haldenstein, Switzerland. Worked with Silvia Gmür, in Basel (2004-2005) before returning to Portugal and joining PROMONTORIO in 2006, where he worked for the last 13 years before joining oitoo, based in Lisbon.
Maria Pais de Sousa (Porto, 1980) graduated from Lusíada University School of Architecture, in Lisbon; She did her professional internship with Catarina and Rita Almada Negreiros (CAN RAN) and collaborated with other practices like a.s*, José Adrião or the fashion Designer Filipe Faísca. Worked for one year in Beijing with Standard Architecture before returning to Portugal to join Parque Escolar EPE as a coordinating architect, from 2009 to 2011. Since then, has been working as a freelance architect, developing projects in Lisbon, Porto and London before joining oitoo, based in Porto and Lisbon.