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Profile My Architecture and Urban Design experience before coming to Canada started in 1999 designing ICI projects for seven (7) years using AutoCAD while creating presentations with PhotoShop, MS PowerPoint, and hand drawings. Since 2007, I have had the opportunity of working independently and as part of a team for a large international builder designing subdivisions for all of Brazil and an architectural office providing research on the suitability of land for various residential developments. I have presented my work at public meetings, municipal boards, conferences, and lecture halls in Brazil and Europe both in Portuguese and to a lesser extent, English. With a degree in Architecture and a keen interest in sustainability, in 2010, I was invited to work as a researcher at the Urban Studies Centre in Lisbon, Portugal, where I analyzed a large multi-use resort development in the Algarve region. Upon returning to Brazil in 2011, I continued my studies researching a similar seaside resort project which led to my Master’s in Architecture and Urban Design. Application to the Ontario Professional Planners Institute (OPPI) will be started this year with the assistance of my Mentors at Essa Township and the City of Toronto as requirements have now been met. Training completed in Canada other than focusing on English written and communication skills, include LEED Green Building, Small Buildings and Part 9 - Building Envelope, PMP Project Management Professional, AutoCAD, Revit, and Construction Estimating.

Technical Skills Autocad Schetchup Photoshop

Indesign Revit Vectorworks GIS Prezi


Renewal Project of a Neighbourhood



Historic Train Station Preservation Project


Road Project In Conservation Area


Touristic Circuit Project




Sustainable Urban Design To Affordable Communities Urban Design In A Brownfield Area

Conceptual Design

Institutional Building With Sustainable Solution


Vision For Wroclaw


Master Plan Vila Moura



Urban Design at Rainbow Mall

Urban Design To Promote Walkability


Building Renovation


Promote Walkability Village of Angus


Renovation Facade


Projects Around The World Projects 11,12,13,14 and 15,16

Project 10

Project 9

Projects 1,2,3,4,5,6,7 and 8



Created and developed above shown renewal project of a neighbourhood located in the old downtown of Sao Paulo city. This project involved the change of use of industrial buildings, the reorganization of public transportation for the area and the construction of new buildings (museum, student residence and a mall subway connection.

Old industrial buildings located near the railways.

Some facades are being preserved and new residential properties are being built.

Creations of connections between the two sides of the subway line.

Master Plan – Red Line - Subway

Shopping Center with connection with train and subway Residential Area

Park Space

Bus Terminal

Subway Station

Museum and Student Residential Market Place

The yellow demarcated area was completely renovated and new public lots would be constructed as well as some residential buildings for students, since a new university was installed near the train line.

Model showing the new buildings. Some residential projects preserved some historic buildings or part of the construction.

New buildings and the preservation of old constructions.

Design made in autocad.



Designed Heritage project of the train station to the Sabauna Village and the return of the return of the train for touristic purpose. The community created an association that contracted my services to do conceptual designs to show the potential.

House of Officials

Train station of the village of Sabauna.


Local Architecture Study

Design done in AutoCAD of the old constructions of the main street with elements of the original architecture.


ROAD PROJECT IN CONSERVATION AREA Serra da Cantareira, Sao Paulo, Brazil - 2003

Participation in meetings as an research from ANPF to design and build a new highway that would pass inside an area of environmental preservation. The project was divided into 4 phases within a 10 year forecast to be completed.

Northern part of the highway

Small communities within the environmental park.

Studies of Urban signs for the Environmental Park of the Cantareira range, Santa Ines Road.

Priority for conservation of vegetation.

As it is a highway near a forest area, some signs were placed on the Santa Ines road so that the drivers drive carefully on this stretch of highway.

A portion of the new highway with the Santa Ines road.

Presentation of the studies done in the northern part of the rodoanel at Sao Paulo University.


TOURISTIC CIRCUIT PROJECT Serra da Mantiqueira, Sao Paulo, Brazil - 2006 I elaborate a touristic itinerary in three cities in the Mantiqueira Region with ANPF National Association of Railway Preservation. The project included existing trails and maps with routes defined by type of transport: car, bicycle, or walking. An economy based on tourism can potentialize the formation of a pole of regional development, particularly with the diversification of tourism and the promotion of ecotourism as a factor for human settlement, generating work in small neighboring towns and preventing urban sprawl.

Downtown of Campos do Jordao Proposed Zoning in 1937 and urban densification in 2006

Touristic Circuits in the Paraiba Valley.

Touristic points in the Mountain Circuit.


SUSTAINABLE URBAN DESIGN TO AFFORDABLE COMMUNITIES. Rio de Janeiro, Brazil - 2008 I worked during a month, in a small community, creating and making alternative materials for use in parks and public areas.

Organic sanitary

water heating system

Painting made with natural products

stair Bus stop

Bridge made of bamboo

brick The intention was to show the possibility of finding alternative materials to be used in the construction of urban spaces in small communities with few financial resources.

Green roof

6 Complete elaboration of the urban design of this condominium with an arena, school and a business center. The project is in a contaminated area that forced developers to divide the project into different phases.

URBAN DESIGN IN A BROWNFIELD AREA Condominium Sao Luiz, Sao Paulo, Brazil - 2008

Mixed-used Community (commercial, residential and institutional).

Central park with area for sports, cultural center and school.





Current leisure area of the resort.

CONCEPTUAL DESIGN Pousada do Rio Quente, Goias, Brazil - 2009 I created conceptual drawings to expand the leisure complex of this resort. The objectives of the projects was to use, both in urban design and in new constructions, sustainable solutions.

Site Plan.

New leisure area with sustainable solutions..

Studies for the urban design of the entrance of the new park.




The objective of the project was to create a new tourist attraction with constructions that made with recyclable materials and that showed the possibility of building a neighborhood with sustainable resources.



Events Area

Sustainable House



INSTITUTIONAL BUILDING WITH SUSTAINABLE SOLUTION Sao Paulo, SP, Brazil - 2010 Studies developed at Mackenzie University for the construction of a new university campus with sustainable solutions, according to the LEED Green Building certificate. The land has more than 50% of tropical forest that, by state laws it must be preserved. At the same time it is located in one of the most expensive districts of the city per square meter.

Proposed Project Visualization: A new campus for Mackenzie University.

Several sustainable solutions were used in this project as green roof, natural ventilation and permeable floor in public areas.

Forest area to be preserved.

Area occupied by the old building that was demolished some years ago..

Massing Study


VISION FOR WROCLAW Wroclaw, Poland - 2010 I was invited to be part of the 2010 UN-Habitat European Urban Summer School where professionals with diverse backgrounds congregated from all over Europe and beyond in a central European city to gain a better understanding of urban change. My team compared the city to a human body that we called Mr. Wroclaw. Mr. Wroclaw was identified by three essential elements: knowledge capacity, heritage, and the way people looked at him. We used these three elements to analyse and create a new vision for the City of Wroclaw.

Restoration of old city center.

Possible revitalisation.

Old, new and planned attractors and pedestrian flows.

Inhabitants should be actively involved in the transformation process of the street and its surroundings and gentrification pressures which are becoming an inherent part of historic city centres should be consciously addressed..

The planning process should be staged, with incremental interventions and reviews according to development and usages of the city. Initial small physical and symbolic interventions, linked to the existing heritage would improve pedestrian movements, such as raising the overall level of four major crossing to align it with the sidewalks.


MASTER PLAN VILA MOURA Algarve, Portugal – 2010 to 2013 I was invited to work at the Center of Urban Studies, Lisbon, Portugal where I teamed-up with Professor Manuel da Costa Lobo, Urban Planning and author of the Master Plan of the City of Vila Moura. This development was divided in two phases and I worked as a research in the process of elaborating the second phase of the project.

New subdivisions.

Vila Moura Marina – First phase.

Vila Moura Marina – Second phase.

Drawings designed by Prof. Manuel da Costa Lobo

Aiming at the constitution of a city, the previous plan: spaces to develop a central area with the predominance of commerce, services and offices in general; another marine area that would concentrate activities nautical, restoration, recreation, commerce and housing; zone of hotels and casinos; and golf courses that guarantee tourists in winter, taking advantage of the "sweet" climate of the Algarve. The dwellings were divided into residential areas of low density in the pine forests along with the golf courses, medium density residential areas to be in villages, with its own characteristics and area of housing stilt in the valley. In environmental terms, the maintenance of a continuous green structure, to protection and development of wildlife; The maintenance of a wetland for the protection of biology local; the maintenance of an agricultural area; and the definition of a specific area for industrial activities slightly at the entrance of Vilamoura.



The town of Angus lies southwest of Barrie, Ontario, with a population of about 10,000 persons. The Rainbow Mall was developed and constructed in the early eighties – a product of the strip mall era when the car ruled. This property has been developed with a focus on the automobile and is located in a key part of the town.

I worked for 2 years as a consultant intern along with Planning Coordinator and Director for ESSA Township. The first project was to analyse this mall to make the area more attractive and walkable. The Rainbow Mall was developed and constructed in the early eighties – a product of the strip mall era when the car ruled.

Space made for cars and not for people.

A new vision for Rainbow Mall

This property has been developed with a focus on the automobile, but strategies changed to: 1- create more green space and 2- produce compatible and user-friendly features to create a sense of place. This project is in accordance with the Smart Growth for Our Communities Act, 2015 (Bill 73), Growth Planning/Official Plan guidelines and ESSA’s Growth Strategy.


URBAN DESIGN TO PROMOTE WALKABILITY 193 Mill St, Angus, ON, Canada – 2014 The property owner along with the Planning Director for ESSA Township, invited me to conduct a study in humanization of this property, a plaza located at a strategic point on the main avenue. The idea was to show the owner that it was possible to use this space to promote events like a vintage car show or a craft fair on weekends. This project is in accordance with Growth Planning/ Official Plan guidelines and ESSA’s Growth Strategy.

Space made for cars and not for people.

How to improve the image of Angus? How to rebrand the town and create a sense of belonging? How can it become proudly, “My Town�? How to make it accessible to all residents, of all ages, by private as well as public transportation? A first step to answer these questions was a series of studies focusing on commercial areas and how to make them more attractive and accessible both for those that drive as well as those that choose to, or can only walk. cinema

Green wall

Garden Space made for people.

Picnic area

Green area.


BUILDING RENOVATION Creemore, ON, Canada – 2014 Participated in the renovation of this 1860 residential building where no Heritage guidelines had been established. The renovation was done following the rules of part 9 of the Ontario Building Code (building envelop).

Renovation of walls with thermal insulation.

Mill Street, Creemore Village


PROMOTE WALKABILITY VILLAGE OF ANGUS Promote Walkability – Village of Angus, Canada ESSA Township’s Sidewalk Assessment 2015 to 2016. Conceived a walkability plan for a portion of the main street in Angus based on BIA goals and self-directed pedestrian traffic studies. The goal was to achieve safe connections between subdivision areas and business centres in the downtown core.

City project to be implemented within 10 years.


RENOVATION FACADE Jacques & Hay Store, New Lowell, ON, CA - 2017 Proposed Community Improvement Plan A Renewal Faรงade project to a building with store in the main floor and apartments in the second floor. This project follows the Faรงade Guidelines for the Community Improvement Plan to reflect the built history of the community and promote collective image of the downtown area.

Building with two studios on the ground floor and two apartments upstais.

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Traditional Canadian Façade – Creemore, ON

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Gold Park Subdivision, Angus, ON, CA - 2017 MAPLEWOOD DRIVE

A new subdivision was built in the city of Angus and an area within this new neighborhood was reserved for the construction of a park that would meet the needs of the new residents. I was invited to do a workshop with the locals and turn their ideas into a project.

WORKSHOP 01 Adult Fitness Trees that thrive in sand WIFI , Charging Station and benches Water element (decorative) Tranquil feeling Open space – Trees/nature Gazebo Not a teen hang-out No skateboard Dog Park

WORKSHOP 02 Flag – Honour people serving Performance Place Mosquito control – bat houses Citronella plantings – other plants Grills/picnic place Water feature Define pathways to connect Trees & Shrubs Limestone trail Gazebo Outdoor gym Electric trees – allow WIFI

Tranquil feeling Water element


Sloped Area (performances)


Open Space

The new residents wanted a place to go hiking and an area for small events at night.

Walking dogs and families

Adult Fitness

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Adriana Granes  
Adriana Granes  

Projects made in Brazil, Portugal and Canada.