A2OFFICE is a multidisciplinary studio of architecture and design headquartered in Vila do Conde, Porto, Portugal, formed by a team of young professionals dedicated to the study and development of projects in this areas.
The studio is coordinated by architect Alberto Dias Ribeiro and by interior decorator Alexandra Marques.
Awards and Distinctions
2016 - Nomination for Prémio Nacional de Reabilitação Urbana: São Victor Lofts project.
2016 - Nomination for BUILDING OF THE YEAR 2016 by Archdaily: São Victor Lofts project.
2015 - Nomination for BUILDING OF THE YEAR 2015 by Archdaily: Plataforma Zero project.
2013 - Finalist in the International Design Contest promoted by CarpetVista
2012 - Work in Progress Prize (architecture / design) organized by the portuguese architects association: 5-OC.Stripes project
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GROUNDWORKS Office, is a landscape architecture firm based in San Francisco.
Our approach to design is research based and process driven. In the beginning of every project, we believe that information, data and observation are the foundations to the design process. This initial groundwork, leads to a deep understanding of site and its latent and perceived characteristics. It also provides us with a framework for testing and decision-making, so that the design process can be flexible and adapt to unpredictable forces.
At GROUNDWORKS Office, we believe the design process is a collaborative act, which requires input from multiple disciplines with a wide range of expertise. This blending of knowledge and GROUNDWORKS Office creative approach to design yields solutions that are layered, rich and complex. Critical in today’s marketplace, is having a design process that is results orientated, solution based and efficient, which is why we tailor our process to meet the goals of each individual project.
We are risk takers and believe that nothing great is built without taking a risk. Invention requires hard work and we pledge to bring this kind of ethos to every project we work on. It is this unique blend of risk taking and hard work that sets GROUNDWORKS Office apart from other design firms.
Central Office of Architecture (COA) was created in 1987 by three architects, Ron Golan, Eric A. Kahn, and Russell N. Thomsen. All three partners are licensed to practice architecture in the State of California. COA is distinguished by its dedication to clear, quality design within an atmosphere of creative, innovative problem solving. The firm has a strong international reputation based on signature innovations within the field of architecture and design.
Tuomas Siitonen is an architect and graphic designer based in Helsinki, Finland. He is formally educated in architecture and graphic design, with experience ranging from concepts to hands-on crafting. Tomas Siitonen Ltd. was founded in 2010. Before launching his own company Tuomas has been working on design projects for institutions, cities, companies and private persons in various companies. He has been a partner at Part., an office specialized in public space and participation (2008-2010), and M41LH2, a workgroup/think-tank (2001-2006). He has also been a proud member of Anteeksi design collective since 2002. Besides these collaborations he has experience of working as an employee: as a project architect for Tuomo Siitonen architects on Studio Widnäs among other projects, as a project architect for Heikkinen-Komonen architects on Villa Frida and as an intern at MetaDesign in Berlin. Tuomas honors smallness, collaboration and flexibility over bigness. To strengthen his own competencies he has a network of collaborators in urban design, landscape design, graphic design and lighting design. In addition to running his company he lectures at the Faculty of Architecture of Aalto University. He has also been invited to give talks and host workshops in Finland and abroad. One of his personal passions and object of love – and sometimes frustration – is the city of Helsinki. Tuomas has been arranging events and parties, planning temporary uses and urban interventions, researching the city on a theoretical level and writing articles in order to make Helsinki more open and enjoyable.
Office of Architecture (OA) was established in 2012 on the premise that great spaces require the artful orchestration of vision and logistics; that ingenuity can emerge from the limits set by the hard realities of a problem; and that imagination need not belie common sense. OA engages each project with the design sensibility to envision the big idea and the professional savvy to realize its potential.
OAO was established in 2005 in Vancouver by Omer Arbel, and has since grown to include a small team of both generalists and specialists from very different backgrounds, organized as a collaborative studio. Clients include private individuals, manufacturing companies, fine craft focused ateliers, property developers and institutions of various sorts.
Award-winning, New Zealand-raised designers Jake and Patrick Morris value the natural world and its conservation as much as they strive for the betterment of human environments.
The Antipode Planter is an example of their sustainable ethos in practice internationally.
It uses 90% less water than a conventional planter, while also designed for ease of use and liberation of space in increasingly smaller, modern homes.
Respect and integrity are the twin pillars of Morris Design Office design principles. Respect for the environment, materials and the people who bring Morris Design Office products into their homes, and integrity of concept and purpose.
Architecture Research Office (ARO) is the New York City firm led by Stephen Cassell, Adam Yarinsky and Kim Yao. Founded in 1993, Architecture Research Office has earned a reputation for earnest exploration and engagement that yields architecture that is original, innovative and imaginative. Architecture Research Office is as much a laboratory as a design practice.
PlayLab has been, is, and always will be the collaborative art and design practice of Archie Lee Coates IV and Jeffrey Franklin. Officially incorporated in New York in 2008, the duo started making things together in 2005. PlayLab is currently at work on a water-filtering floating pool in New York, a mobile shop for a touring pop artist, a house in the woods, an architecture journal, a breastfeeding educational kit for new mothers and an identity for an educator in California.
MAP is a creative consultancy that specialises in strategy-led industrial design. MAP was founded in London in 2012 to give clients a more intelligent, end to end approach to industrial design. Its growing team is a multi-disciplinary mix of experienced industrial designers, strategists and innovation experts.