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Architecture . Lisbon, 1990

A five-partner firm lead by Paulo Martins Barata, Joao Luís 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. Over two decades it consistently grew into a multidisciplinary practice of 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 constrains.

The design process springs from a dynamic and focused design culture that fosters collaboration above all.  This cohesive and interactive structure has enabled PROMONTORIO 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 and mixed-use.  PROMONTORIO has accomplished projects in Algeria, Angola, Brazil, Bulgaria, Cape Verde, China, Dubai, Egypt, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Georgia, Mozambique, Portugal, Qatar, Romania, Serbia, Syria, Spain, Switzerland, Turkey and Vietnam, having established partnerships in many of these.  

1997 - Shortlisted, Valmor Prize.
1998 - Finalist, Secil Portuguese National Prize for Architecture.
1999 - Honorable Mention, Architecti-Arkial Prize.
2004 - Finalist, Secil Portuguese National Prize for Architecture.
2007 - Nominee, EU Prize for Contemporary Architecture Mies van der Rohe Award.
2008 - 1st Prize, Portuguese Museum Award
2008 - Short-listed runner-up, BSI Swiss Architectural Award.
2008 - International Architecture Award, The Chicago Atheneaum Museum or Architecture and Design.
2008 - 2nd Prize, VI Bienal Iberoamericana de Arquitetura e Urbanismo (BIAU). 
2008 - Finalist, SECIL Portuguese National Prize for Architecture.
2009 - Selected, Habitar Portugal. 
2010 - Finalist, World Architecture Festival, Barcelona.
2011 - European Steel Design Award.
2011 - Selected, Habitar Portugal. 
2012 - International Architecture Award for 2012, The Chicago Athenaeum: Museum of Architecture and Design
2014 - Special Mention, Category 'Institucional: Kindergartens, Primary & High Schools', Architizer A+Awards. 
2014 - Special Mention, Category 'Public Building / Education', AIT-Award - Best in Interior and Architecture.