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portfolio m a r i a . m . s i l v a a r c h i t e c t u r e

portfolio m a r i a . m . s i l v a a r c h i t e c t u r e

INDEX Profile / Resume Maria M. Silva


A. Professional Projects 1. Sousa Viterbo I Building - reabilitation project


2. Sousa Viterbo II Building - reabilitation project


3. Eiffel Street Building - reabilitation + extension project


4. Lapa Apartment Building - (re)construction project


5. House in Nevogilde - construction project


6. Melres Restaurant Renewal - interior design project


B. Academic Projects 1. No Rules, Great Spot! ideas competition


2. Stratford Olimpic Park Hotel, London


3. Municipal Library, Gaia


4. Boavista Collective Housing, Porto


5. Students Residence, Porto


C. OTHERS 1. Human Figure Drawings


2 Sketchbook


3. Photobook


4. The idea of city in Ă lvaro Siza


Maria M. Silva is a portuguese architect born in Coimbra in 1986. In 2011 received her degree at Faculdade de Arquitectura da Universidade do Porto (FAUP), with the thesis “The idea of city in Álvaro Siza”. Through Erasmus Program, has frequented the 5th year in Spain, at Escola Tècnica Superior d’Arquitectura de Barcelona. While student in FAUP, has collaborated in cultural projects and other events within the school students association. For the last 2 years, has collaborated with the architecture office Atelier das Maria Manuel Sales de Lucena Sampaio e Silva

Formas - Arquitectura, a young structure dedicated to architecture, interior

Portuguese Nationality

design and foccused in rehabilitation projects. Atelier das Formas is a

(Coimbra, 25.10.1986)

Brussels, Belgium

co-organizer of the event “4000 Ateliers, Route by the Architecture Ateliers

in Porto downtown”, and has won an honorable mention at the Awards IHRU

2012, a Portuguese award to rehabilitation projects.

Professional experience Feb.2012 - Oct.2012 . Trainee Architect in Atelier das Formas - Arquitectura (Porto, Portugal) . Experience in rehabilitation of buildings and new construction projects. . Participated in the following stages of architecture projects: schematic design, permit and construction drawings and documents.

Nov.2012 - Dec.2013 . Project Architect in Atelier das Formas - Arquitectura (Porto, Portugal) . Experience in rehabilitation of buildings, reconstruction and new construction projects. . Participated in the following stages of architecture projects: schematic design, permit and construction drawings and documents, coordination between architecture and engineering specialties projects, seldom technical assistance during execution works.

education and training 2004-2011 . Master in Architecture at Faculdade de Arquitectura da Universidade do Porto (Oporto School of Architecture) . Development of the capacity to exercise the professional activity or the practice of research, with particular relevance in subjects as Project Design, Drawing, Construction Detailing and History of Architecture. . In 2005, 2006 and 2007 participated with projects developed in several subjects, in the annual academic exposition named “Anuária”. . Obtained 18/20 values for performing a master thesis themed “The idea of city in Álvaro Siza”, with the guiding of the Professor Doctor Carlos Machado;
 . Level according national classification: 15/20.

2009-2010 . First year of Master programme at “Escola Tècnica Superior d’Arquitectura de Barcelona, Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya” (Barcelona Technical School of Architecture), under the mobility programme Erasmus.

. Attended the subjects Proyectos IX and Proyectos X tutored by the Architects Casanelles Massaguer Ramon, Ros Ballesteros Jordi and Santiago Vives Sanfeliu.

profile / resume AdDitional training German language courses . 2011-2013 Attended german language courses, at Goethe Institut (Porto, Portugal) and at Faculdade de Línguas da Universidade do Porto (Portugal), achieving the level A2.2.

Training of thermal designers for buildings course . October 2011 Crash course “Training of Thermal Designers for Buildings - RCCTE Regulations” (22 hours), at Faculdade de Engenharia da Universidade do Porto (Portugal), with the goal of understanding theoretical and practical concepts of HVAC Engineering, important in the process of conceiving efficient buildings.

3D Studio Max Design course . August 2011 Crash course in 3D Studio Max Design (32 hours), at Ciência e Letras Institute (Porto, Portugal), with a final classification of Very Good.

REVIT Architecture course . August . 2011 Crash course in REVIT Architecture 2010 (36 hours), at Ciência e Letras Institute (Porto, Portugal), with a final classification of Good.

Linguistic abilities . Portuguese as mother tongue; . Fluent in English. . Basic in German, French and Spanish.

Technical skills . Advanced in Autodesk AutoCAD and basic de ArchiCAD; . Experienced user of Sketchup, Adobe Photoshop, InDesign and Microsoft Office; . Basic in Autodesk REVIT Architecture and 3D Studio Max.

 . Participation in the International Ideas Competition No Rules, Great Spot! – Ideas for the Praça de Lisboa, Porto (co-authored with Arch. Martina Raquel Cristóvão) . May 2011 . Preparation and organization of several events while member of the Student Body at Faculdade de Arquitectura da Universidade do Porto (Portugal) . 2007-2008 . Participation in the International Physics Olympiad (IPHO 2004) in Pohang, South Korea, after a national selection process and preparation period at Faculdade de Ciências e Tecnologias da Universidade de Coimbra (Portugal) . July 2004 . Driver’s License for vehicles of category B, obtained in Portugal. 3


sousa viterbo i


rehabilitation project

Porto, Portugal,

Atelier das Formas - Arquitectura

Schematic design + Permit drawings


roof plan floor plan

2.nd, 3.rd, floor plan floor plan

ground floor plan

street view


dwellings studies



sousa viterbo ii


rehabilitation project

Porto, Portugal,

Atelier das Formas - Arquitectura

Construction Drawings


street view

ground floor plan floor plan

2.nd, 3.rd floor plan floor plan floor plan

roof plan




view 2

view 1

view 3

habitation module - plan and section AA’

view 1

view 2

view 3



eiffel street building

rehabilitation + EXTENSION project

Porto, Portugal,

Atelier das Formas - Arquitectura

Permit + Construction Drawings


street view

3.rd floor plan

ground floor plan floor plan floor plan

roof plan

2.nd floor plan



cross section

back view

longitudinal section

roof structural design



Lapa apartment building

(re)construction project

Porto, Portugal,

Atelier das Formas - Arquitectura

Permit + Construction Drawings


ground floor plan

main street view

roof plan

2.nd floor plan floor plan



T0 -, 2.nd floor dwellings

cross section

street view

T0 - ground floor dwellings

back view



nevogilde house

construction project

Porto, Portugal,

Atelier das Formas - Arquitectura

Permit + Construction drawings


street view

back view


basement plan

ground floor plan floor plan

roof plan




stairs design



melres restaurant renewal Interior design project

Melres, Portugal,

Atelier das Formas - Arquitectura

Schematic design

2 0 1 2 - 2 0 1 3








Public Space: remodeling the existing city, Porto co-authored with arch. martina crist贸v茫o


New rules

new space exhibition art photo



restaurant barmem贸riaanjo

lisboasquare culturemanifesto



-1 floor (87 m)

ground floor (92 m) 1st to 4th floor



stratford olimpic park hotel

london, england

ETSAB, year project design


Guidance: arch. Casanelles Massaguer Ramon, Ros Ballesteros Jordi, Santiago Vives Sanfeliu

ground floor- reception, restaurant & bar

1th floor - art gallery, auditorium & workshops


B.2 12th floor - swimming pool & offices

11th floor - spa & gym area

2th to 10th floors- rooms



Municipal LIBRARY

GAIA, portugal

FAUP, year project design

2008 - 2009

Guidance: arch. Nuno Brandão Costa

A horizontal and compact volume seeks to make the transition between the different scales that characterize the site. It moves away from the main street and releases paths and green spaces, preserving the tranquility that should involve a library. On the opposite side, where building and terrain are difficult to distinguish, the ‘promenade’ through the gardens increases a discovering feeling: the library rises up, the public space contaminates its entry, and an outdoor lobby invites you in. Inside, on the ground floor, you can find the most autonomous areas, as the auditorium and the cafeteria. At the first level, the reading spaces have no relation to the external reality. Here, the courtyards function as scenarios, besides illuminating and generating visual permeabitity through the building.







Boavista collective housing

porto, portugal

FAUP, 3.rd year project design

2006 - 2007

Guidance: arch. Maria JosĂŠ Casanova

housing street facade

collective housing - 3rd, 5th floors

collective housing - 2nd, 4th floors


B.4 The site for this intervention is an abandoned urban area facing Rotunda da Boavista. The urban plan proposal aims to link the Metro Station and the Oposto’s House of Music, possible by the opening a new street and the redrawing of urban spaces. After the development plan was discussed, it’s proposed to develop a single housing block, in this case, the one facing the House of Music. The first floor of this building is an empty level. This void, as an extension of the courtyard, creates a visual connection with Casa da Música and makes possible an effective articulation between public and private spaces, emphasizing the building’s sensibility and fundamental role in the intervention. The building is composed of duplex appartments, combining T2 and T3. Their access is made by a gallery which exists every two floors.



students residence porto, portugal

FAUP, 2.nd year project design Guidance: arch. carla garrido

2005 - 2006

The exercise suggests an intervention on a riverside platform in Porto’s historic center. It is fundamental to evaluate the relationship between the historical city and the river, wich has been broken by the abandonment of this artificial platform. Therefore, the solution relies on the articulation of these realities, combining spacial continuity, accessiblility and visual connection. The students residence is located near by the first row of tipical houses that fill the Ribeirinha area, and help to redefine an important connection between the street level and the site. On the other side of the platform, a public complex with commercial spaces and a multifunctional area benneficts from the direct connection with the street. This concrete complex is an invitation to a walk by the river and enjoy the platform’s public space, now redesigned.



2.nd floor (reception and common areas)

3.rd floor (private areas) floor (private areas)

section (access to the students residence)



human figure drawings

FAUP, year drawing






s k e t c hb o o k

FAUP, History of portuguese architecture




p h o t o b o o k

FAUP, History of contemporanary architecture 2009



the idea of city in álvaro siza

FAUP, Thesis Investigation


“There is a second City within each city. Unreal, imaginary, made of demolished houses and demolished projects, however, present. The most part of the architect’s work is about this second city. And it is never a lost work.”

Álvaro Siza, Discurso XV da Cooperativa Boa Vontade (trad.)

This study seeks to understand Álvaro Siza’s perspective of city throughout his experience and architectural production. Indeed, in all his work, he seems aware that every project is part of the city’s evolutionary process. The unique features of each place are evidence of the city’s history and evolution. Thus, the architecture of Siza, respecting memories from the past and its fragments, seeks to restore a balanced unity. During the seventies, he already manipulates a modern language while recognizing the complex and fragmentary nature of city and architecture, particularly in S. Vítor. The project of renovation of S. Vítor ́s area (1974-77), informed by his previous experiences of collective housing, involves several forms of relations with the city. Through the study of the various interventions covered by this project, it is possible to see how Siza designs the space on behalf of a positive and versatile relation with the city. The knowledge developed through the analysis of this project crosses itself with the understanding of his methodology, which Siza exposes in his statements. After S. Vítor, Siza continues his architectural experience, maturing his idea of city. On one hand, the plan for Malagueira, in Évora, and the plan for Porto Exterior and Areia Preta, in Macau, correspond to the urbanization of large areas contiguous to the city and explore the relation between the proposed urban shapes and the place’s character. On the other hand, the projects for Kreuzberg, in Berlin, Schilderswijk and Doedijnstraat, in Haia, and Chiado, at Lisbon, concern mainly the intervention on defined sections of the existing city, but on very different conditions and aspirations. The diversity of these projects is fundamental in order to find the essential and immutable features of the arquitecture of Álvaro Siza and his idea of city. The presence of various references is implicit in the work of the architect. Fernando Távora and Alvar Aalto are fundamental characters regarding to the relation with the place and the dialectic tradition/modernity. Moreover, Aldo Rossi is an important character by having a critical position in relation to the modern movement, particularly the Charte d’Athenes. He proposes a new approach to the architecture and city based on their fragmentary condition and the circularity of time, which significantly affect Siza’s work. 55

Maria M. Silva Brussels, Belgium

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