Menos é Mais Arquitectos is the office created in Oporto in 1994 by Cristina Guedes and Francisco Vieira de Campos. Both graduated from Oporto School (FAUP). Francisco Vieira de Campos worked with Eduardo Souto de Moura (1989-1991) and Cristina Guedes with Álvaro Siza (1991). They both teach, FVC (FAUP) and CG (FAAULP), and have been invited to critiques at Mendrisio Architecture Academy and ETH Zurich, Switzerland, TUWien, Austria and dARQ-FCTUC, Coimbra, Portugal.
Their main projects are programmatic responses related to specific contexts, such as Quinta do Vallado Winery and Wine Hotel, Gaia Cablecar, ReOrdering of the Public Spaces of Social Housing Blocks in Oporto and Archipelago – Contemporary Art Centre in Azores, Portugal.
They have been invited to present international lectures, workshops, seminars and exhibitions in Dublin, Grenoble, Salamanca, Milan, Cádiz, Oporto, Lisbon, São Paulo, New York, Naples, Nancy, Ayamonte, Mantua, Vienna, Dubrovnik, Zagreb, Valencia, Montevideo, Barcelona, Logroño, Santiago de Compostela, Bochum, Venice. They have also taken part in both national and international award juries. Cristina Guedes acted as Commissary of Portugal at the IX BIAU New Geographies.
They took part in national and international exhibitions, such as “La Biennale di Venezia – The 15th International Architecture Exhibition “, in Venice (2016), Mies van der Rohe Award Exhibition”, in Barcelona (2015), “Transforming cityscapes – awarded works VIII IberoAmerican Architecture Biennial”, in Seville, Lisbon, Panamá and Washington (2013-2014), “Porto Poetic” at the Triennale di Milano (2013), “VIII BIAU”, in Cádiz, (2012), “Premis FAD 2012”, in Barcelona (2012), “Portugal Criativo.JPG”, in Barcelona (2011), the “34th World Congress Of Vine And Wine” promoted by the International Organisation of Vine and Wine (OIV) in Oporto (2011), Lisbon Architecture Triennale – Let’s talk about houses, in Lisbon (2010), “Mies van der Rohe Award Exhibition”, in Barcelona (2009), the “7th International Architecture Biennial, in São Paulo (2007), “Portugal Now Country Positions in Architecture and Urbanism” in New York (2007), “VI IberoAmerican Architecture Biennial”, in Lisbon (2007), Individual Exhibition REUNIÃO DE OBRA – Norte – #003 Tema: Indústria – Alfândega do Porto, (2006), “V IberoAmerican Architecture Biennial”, in Montevideo (2006), and “Metaflux” in the 9th International Architecture Biennial in Venice (2004).
Their work has been distinguished with various awards: FAD Prize 2016 (Barcelona, Spain), BIAU Prize 2016 (São Paulo, Brazil) and 2012 (Cadiz, Spain), Best Of Wine Tourism 2013 (Florence), Award for Construction and Rehabilitation – Prémios Construir 2012.
They were nominees for the RIBA international Prize 2016, finalists for the 2016 European Prize for Urban Public space; shortlisted for the Mies van der Rohe Award 2015, 2013, 2009; honorable mention at IHRU nominee for the BIAU prize (2008 and 2006), shortlisted for the Secil Award 2012, 2008 and shortlisted for the FAD prize 2006, 2002.