Guilherme Machado Vaz

Porto | Since 2000

Guilherme Machado Vaz
Rua Dr. Ramalho Fontes 193, 5° Esq., 4150-630 Porto, Portugal


Guilherme Machado Vaz
Guilherme Machado Vaz, Dipl. Architect

Born in 1974 in OPorto, Portugal.
Graduated in 1998 in the Faculdade de Arquitectura da Universidade do Porto (FAUP).
One year of practice with Eduardo Souto Moura in 1996-1997.
Working since 2000 in the City Hall of Matosinhos as a Project architect. Projects built: - Primary school, Custóias Civic Centre, Esplanade in Matosinhos. Just concluded Custóias Football Club, Manhufe Parking lot and Funtão waterfront.

In his office, the Valley House in Vieira do Minho and the Kinetic grave in Porto. Finished the project of 4 houses in the Bom Sucesso Resort in Óbidos, Portugal, as the local architect for David Chipperfield Architects. Current Projects include a House in Santiago de Compostela (Spain), 10 Houses in the Bom Sucesso Resort, House in Oporto, Weekend house in Viana do Castelo as well as some furniture design.
Finalist in 2006 of the Iberian Prize of Architecture Enor (Vigo, Spain) with the Valley house.
Finalist in 2007 of ENOR and FAD (Barcelona, Spain) Awards with the Civic Centre in Matosinhos.
Member of the Jury of the 2008 FAD Awards edition.


I have always worked alone. So, in my studio there is only me. I like it like that
but i don’t think it will be possible to keep it that way very long.
My work is very practical and simple, based in classical values like scale and proportion. I usually look outside architecture to improve my work. Sometimes, a well written romance can be more inspiring than architecture itself. I am now very interested in Cookers like Ferrán Adriá (elBulli) and Santi Santamaria (Can Fabes), the way they think and create in their kitchens is fascinating and very inspiring to me.
I don’t follow any rigid method or a book of rules to design. Everything is relative and I prefer to think that my work is a consequence of my personal experiences and that it translates the way I feel space and form. I will not be surprised if in the future my work changes considerably, I guess it’s natural that it does. I also think that even if it changes a lot, there will always be a common line of thinking that will link all the works together in a way that one can perceive an evolution, either a good or a bad one.
Each work is an attempt to find out more about life and mankind, and that will to discover is what keeps me going.