AREACOR

From site selection to architecture, interior design and construction, we have been doing it all for more than 20 years. Most of the work is related to habitation and touristic developments.

Site-sensitive design has been a hallmark of our practice and we strive to honour the site with design solutions inspired by the regional vernacular, local materials and the sense of place inherent within each site, and we are dedicated to advocating sustainable design and construction methods on all of our projects

The residential homes we create are building forms that are, in essence, natural. They reflect the client's need for comfort, serenity and beauty, obtaining maximum value for our client's resources.

To each project, irrespective of type, we bring an interest in the personal and collective histories of our clients, which enter into and enrich our ideas.

Our focus on listening and learning ensures that each design expresses the unique needs and aspirations of our clients.

At the outset of the creative process we start with a client's portfolio of goals, ideas and images and begin a dialogue. Our job is to weave a cohesive design from the threads that are brought to the table. We are not formula architects; we focus on listening.

Our dedicated design has experience in the design of single-family residences, multi-family living units, vacation villas, touristic developments, design hotels, Spas, restaurants and recreative areas.

Design challenges including complex site conditions and innovative building materials have created opportunities for creative and unique solutions.

Each project is treated with the same professional concern, consideration and commitment, as each client has a design need to be resolved and a goal to be met. That is the reason we exist.

Each project is carefully considered to ensure that our ability to provide services will exceed our client's expectations and that the design "chemistry" of the team will bring success to each team member: the client, the builder, and the architects/engineers.

NUNO DE SOUSA

Education                          

Master of Arts, Architecture, Faculdade de Arquitectura de Lisboa.

He began his Architectural studies in Rio de Janeiro, Brasil, Universidade Gama Filho.

Registration Licensed Architect, Lisbon;

Nuno de Sousa has 22 years of professional experience in both small and large scale projects. He started working as Associate Director of Interarq, Gabinete Internacional de Arquitectura, in association with Robin Crossland, Barry Marshall and Sonia Picolo, where they carried out several architectural projects in Portugal and Nigeria.

He was also one of the Managing Directors of Optimus, Mobiliário e Decoração lda,  a company specialized in Interiors Design and Decoration.

In 1988, he founded Architecti, Arquitectura e  Decoração de Interiores Lda, together with Sonia Picolo, where he carried out several projects mainly in the Algarve area.

Completed post Graduate Studies at Universidade Nova de Lisboa for Appraisals of Environmental Projects.

In 1992, having moved to Lisbon, he started Areacor, Arquitectura e Interiores Lda, together with Sonia Picolo, a company mainly involved in the realization of habitation projects, touristic developments of architectural prominence and significance, design hotels, Spas and recreation areas.

Nuno de Sousa has had large experience in coordinating and directing projects, including presentation and approvals by the local authorities.

SONIA PICOLO

Education              

Master of Arts, Architecture, Faculdade de Arquitectura de Lisboa.            

She began her Architectural studies at Manchester University in the United Kingdom.

Registration Licensed Architect , Lisbon;

Sonia Picolo has 21 years of professional experience, mainly in the area of Interior's Design, Decoration and Planning.

She started working as Associate Director of Interarq, Gabinete Internacional de Arquitectura, in association with Robin Crossland, Barry Marshall and Nuno de Sousa, and then founded Optimus, Mobiliário e Decoração lda, a company specialized in Interiors Design and Decoration, where she was involved in managing and directing many interior's design and decoration projects of various sizes and scopes.

Together with Nuno de Sousa, she founded Architecti, Arquitectura e  Decoração de Interiores Lda, in 1988, and Areacor, Arquitectura e Interiores Lda, in 1992, where she was   involved on over 40  interior's design projects of various size concerning habitation, touristic developments, design hotels, Spas, restaurants, bars and art galleries.

Sonia has also been   involved in several interior's design projects, where she was invited to work as an interior's designer for architectural projects outside her own company, as well as  in association with other Portuguese architects.

Her project experience ranges from early programming phase and schedule of quantities, through to design detailing and on-site observation during construction.

Simultaneously to founding AREACOR Architects, she was invited to join Cascais Towncouncil as an associate masterplanner, where she joined the team that carried out the Cascais Masterplan. Here she was also involved in the appreciation of many urbanistic projects, and carried out several urban studies for Cascais.

She has had extensive design experience in interior's design and planning.