Paula Trindade established Studio Lisboeta in 2017 after 19 years of architecture and design experience in London and Lisbon. We offer a really personal, cost-effective service, dedicated to creating places that bring joy. We work on a variety of projects, of any scale, from renewing existing spaces to new build homes, to cafes, stores, and public spaces. As well as full architectural services, we provide bespoke interior and furniture design, and advice and consultancy on design, planning and sustainability issues.
I love working with clients and collaborators to create magical spaces, full of light and life.
Growing up and training with a new generation of architects and designers in Portugal means I value sunshine, craftsmanship and the authenticity that comes from simplicity. My designs are always centred on people, expressed through art, new technology and artisan skills. I play with light and use traditional and low cost materials in imaginative ways to create sustainable places full of character. Without over-complicating design or execution, I apply rigour to the design process to ensure quality and make the most of your space.
BA (Hons), Dip Arch, ARB, RIBA
Prior to starting my own practice, I worked with a number of major architectural design practices – Dixon Jones, Hawkins Brown, Pollard Thomas Edwards and Stanton Williams. This gave me the opportunity to work on many residential, leisure, cultural, education, mixed use and transport projects, broadening my architectural and planning experience and deepening my project management and technical skills.
As project architect at Stanton Williams I managed complex projects such as a new house in the heart of a Hampstead conservation area and The Lighterman bar and restaurant in King’s Cross creative quarter. During my eight years with the practice I also worked on the Musée d’Art à Nantes in France and the Sainsbury Laboratory at Cambridge University (RIBA Stirling Award).
I first trained as an interior designer at the IADE Art and Design Superior Institute of Lisbon in Portugal (1993-1997), graduating with the equivalent of a BA Hons and MA, before working on hotel renovation, retail and furniture projects. I completed my architecture degree at the Lusiada University of Lisbon (1998-2003), working on residential, education, retail, sports and masterplan schemes before moving to London in 2006.