Vera Martins Alves.
[Lisbon, 1972] graduated in architecture at the Faculty of Architecture, Lisbon Technical University [1990>95]. She collaborated in various architectural offices since 1992: Contemporânea, arch. Manuel Graça Dias + arch. Egas José Vieira [1992>93], Manuela Fonte + César Freitas, architects  and arch. Paulo Moreira [1996>99]. She was an assistant lecturer in Project Design at the Lusófona University [1996>2000].
Cristóvão Fonseca Ferreira.
[Lisbon, 1972], graduated in architecture at the Faculty of Architecture, Lisbon Technical University [1991>96]. He collaborated with CAU [1988>92], Manual, lda [1992>to date], arch. Filipe Jorge Silva [1992>93], Manuela Fonte + César Freitas, architects  and Antártico, lda [1997>98].
Founding partner of the company MANUAL - Estudos de Habitação, Urbanismo e Arquitectura, Lda , of which he is currently Managing Director.
Its main areas of intervention are Strategic Planning and the elaboration of the Housing Manual. Urban Planning and Project, Investment and Training Programming are other areas covered by its action.
ColectivArquitectura is an architectural practice based in Lisbon, Portugal.
Founded in 1995 by Vera Martins Alves and Cristóvão Fonseca Ferreira, both graduates from the Faculty of Architecture of the Universidade Técnica de Lisboa [1995 and 1996], the studio ColectivArquitectura has developed projects in different areas, mostly for private clients, from housing to commercial spaces and offices, and has also held various rehabilitation works.
For us, the fundamentals of architecture lie in the process that balances the creative component with deep knowledge of raw materials and construction processes, whether traditional or those involving new technologies.
We seek to highlight the identity of each place. The spirit of the place and harmony with the surrounding landscape preside over the placement and organization of space, outline of forms and volumes and choice of materials.
Assumed with a preference for the use of natural materials and the use of simple forms and geometries, an element across various projects, is the search for interior/exterior relationship, visual frameworks, visual permeability yet not without privileging the refuge, privacy, to see without being seen.
Our projects are the result of an intense interaction with our clients and with all involved in the technical context of the project and construction work. Our approach is comprehensive: the creative concept, detail, materiality and spatial quality are an intrinsic part of our work.
We strongly believe that good architecture contributes to improving the quality of life.
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