AIA is an architectural office based in downtown Lisbon.
AIA is a simple and catchy expression, besides being a Portuguese feminine noun that means the trustworthy person in charge of the education of noble children, a person to whom is entrusted the responsibility of taking care of one's most precious goods.
We are a team of talented people who believes that property is one of our most valuable and prized belongings, whether it's our home, our business or our investment. We are strongly committed to working alongside our clients to elevate their spaces to its full potential, preserving their heritage when needed and always adding the best solutions to each case.
Co-founder and Architect
Being originally from Cascais, David lived one year in Graz (Austria) under the Erasmus program, before graduating from Lisbon's Faculdade de Arquitectura (FAUL) in 2012 with his Master thesis "A place for the performing arts". After finishing his studies, David went living in Lausanne (Switzerland), where he first worked at the architectural office Butikofer Oliveira Vernay until 2013, and then started working at the architectural office Dreier Frenzel until 2015. After a long trip through Asia, David founded AIA in the beginning of 2016.
Co-founder and Architect
Born in downtown Lisbon, Filipa lived one year in Graz (Austria) under the Erasmus program, before graduating from Lisbon's Instituto Superior Técnico (IST) in 2011 with her Master thesis "Media Facade - New challenges for an (i)material architecture". After finishing her studies, Filipa went living in Lausanne (Switzerland), where she worked at the architectural office Burckhardt + Partner until 2015. After a long trip through Asia, Filipa founded AIA in the beginning of 2016.
Pedro Marques Santo
Born in Cascais, Pedro lived one year in Milan (Italy) under the Erasmus program, before graduating from Lisbon's Faculdade de Arquitectura (FAUL) in the beginning of 2017 with his Master thesis "From the Palace to the city - intervention in Ajuda's hill". In 2018, he was selected as one of the finalists of the Archiprix 2018 Competition. Pedro joined the AIA team just after finishing his studies.
Sofia de Sousa Santos
Being originally from Marinha Grande, Sofia graduates from Universidade Autónoma de Lisboa (UAL) in 2015, with her Master thesis “A shelter for people and boats without windows doors or ceiling” in Berlenga Island. After finishing her studies, Sofia has collaborated with several architectural offices as Openbook, Paulo Moreira Architectures and Filipe Mónica. During 2017, she studies woodwork and started to draw furniture. In the beginning of 2018 Sofia joins the AIA team.
Being originally from Damaia, Francisco lived in Prague under the Erasmus Program, before graduating from Lisbon's Faculdade de Arquitectura (FAUL) in the end of 2017 with his Master thesis "(H)À OUTRA MARGEM – The Equipment as a Referential Element in the City. Barreiro – Alburrica”. In 2018, he worked as a researcher in his University (FAUL), where he formed a team to help design and rebuild the burnt houses in the central area of Portugal, after the fires of 2017. Francisco joined the AIA team in the beginning of 2019.