a place-breeding lab

We are an architecture and urban design studio founded in 2011, in Porto, Portugal.

We breed places with their own single identities, crafted and built from the needs and ambitions of our clients. Alongside with a careful research of opportunities and constraints, we seek consistent, economically and ecologically sustainable solutions across all scales - from urban to object.

We foster collaborative work within and outside of the studio, in a permanent dialogue with the client and our partners, from scouting and feasibility studies to on-site wimplementation.

We set off partnerships and cooperate with multidisciplinary teams, locally and globally, allowing us to expand our experience as well as our scope of design and territorial action.

craft is a founding partner of the Healthcare Design Consortium (EU and West Africa), CCFP Groupement d'Architectes (Switzerland) and has an ongoing presence in the European Union and the United States.


 Praça Filipa de Lencastre, circa 1951

Tiago Coelho
principal architect and manager

Graduates in architecture at the Faculty of Architecture of the University of Oporto, Portugal, in 2003 with an exchange year at the Delft University of Technology in Netherlands.
Collaborates with Adriaan Geuze at West 8 urban design and landscape architecture in Rotterdam between 2000-01. 
Leads medium to large scale designs for Pritzker laureate Eduardo Souto de Moura with whom he collaborates between 2002-15.
Founds craft in 2011.


Vânia Saraiva

Graduates in architecture at the Faculty of Science and Technology of the University of Coimbra (Portugal) in 2009. 
Collaborates with Alexandre Alves Costa and Sérgio Fernandez at Atelier15 in Porto, from that year until late 2011. 
Becomes a granted researcher for the Portuguese Architects’ Association and the Portuguese Youth Foundation in 2012 and collaborates in the setting of an exhibition about Fernando Távora, for the European Capital of Culture Guimarães.
Joins craft in 2012.


André Cardoso

Graduates in architecture at the Faculty of Architecture of the University of Porto (Portugal) in 2015 with an exchange year at the ENSA Paris-Belleville (France).
Collaborates with Eduardo Souto de Moura as an intern architect between 2013-14. In that year he starts a collaboration as designer with Aura Partners in Porto and later with architect Jean Pierre Porcher in Braga until 2015.
Joins craft in 2016.


former team members
Ana Rita Alves
Luis Leite
Inês da Silva