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NUNO LEÓNIDAS - Arquitectos Associados, funded on 1980 in Lisbon, has completed more than four hundred projects and established a reputation as a highly professional and capable practice. The firm is very successful in public competitions and has built up a high level of expertise in hotels and tourist resorts, offices, corporate projects and residential developments.

Great emphasis is placed on advanced computer technology for administration and computer aided design. The practice has developed its own software to improve the efficiency and quality of internal methodology and project management. Normal services also include feasibility studies, project co-ordination and construction supervision with specialist areas of expertise in hotel design, town planning and passive solar architecture.

Arising from the firm's extensive experience in hotel projects, the interior design department has now been established as a separate company, NL - Decoração, Lda. Although independent, strong links are maintained with the core architectural practice in order that projects may benefit from the resultant synergy.


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With BIM growing across the world, NLA is keeping pace and working to master the subject. We have a team of BIM experts and architects working daily to achieve a more cohesive project and sustainable buildings. With that in mind, we have set a strategy, through standards and procedures, that allow for a better workflow between teams.

The main BIM software NLA uses is Autodesk Revit, and the Level Of Development (LOD) in our BIM projects is between LOD 200 and LOD 300 experience, so far. We are also working with other software’s such as Civil 3D and Navisworks and starting to approach Dynamo. NLA uses the online platform Autodesk BIM 360 DOCS, which allows the client to be up to date with the most recent models and information, without the need of having the specific software. This cloud service allows for controlled publishing, viewing and sharing of information, document and version control for all file types. This tool also allows all teams involved in the project to be in direct contact and working with up-to-date models, even if they are in different countries.


BIMcollab cloud and BCFs (BIM Coordination Files) are also part of our process, allowing teams and clients to report all model issues to different disciplines and to monitor its status.


BIM models allow for a more efficient project, construction management and building maintenance.

A BIM model does not only give us a 3D shape, it also provides all the specifications of the construction and individual elements. It can be used to analyse sustainability, to manage the building lifecycle, to schedule the construction process, and to extract all information into the Bill of Quantities.

NLA is preparing the future, designing and modelling beyond the life of the project.

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Sustainability should not be addressed as a TREND, but rather like a attitude present on all the stages of the project's process. Solar Energy, natural ventilation, insulation from the surroundings, and solar protections are the tools present on different stages of almost all of our projects.

The goal is to conceive a building as an energetic and environmental system, able to react and use as its advantage the environmental factors available, and as so, free.

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The resulting maximization of energy efficiency, combined with good environmental performance, will certainly lead to a new concept of life, and an increase in the Building's competitive advantages. The Plans, insofar as they condition the design of future buildings, are the first element in the application of these principles. In this regard, we have developed a specific methodology successfully applied to the largest sustainable Plan in Europe, The Ecocentre Masterplan, in Ispra, Italy.

Quality Policy


We are a company which makes our clients’ dreams come true through a high level of creative, programmatic, and functional quality.

By focusing on the human being as user of the built environment, as creator of new experiences and their functionalities, we can say that the sky is the limit when it comes to adding value to all interested parties.


At NLA, each client is unique, with unique expectations and needs, to whom we offer a top level of customized service, through a rigorous methodology, one which looks at every single opportunity as unique, searching for optimal technological and innovative solutions with a strict compliance with timelines and a permanent cost control exercise.

Our multi-disciplinary team is highly qualified and experienced, enabling us to follow all design stages, from early conception to final completion.

In line with these guiding principles NLA is committed to:

- Understand and attend to the needs and expectations of our clients and other interested parties, offering a customized, rigorous, and innovative service, promoting anthropocentric architecture (focused on people).
- Look at clients, interested parties and suppliers as partners in business, respecting the established agreements and rendering a service which meets their goals whilst understanding the needs of the end users in all spaces design.
- Establishing strategic, long-lasting partnerships with companies with other expertises in such a way that, as a whole, the capacity to create value for our clients and interested parties is maximized.
- Promoting a pleasant environment for our design team (a cohesive multi-disciplinary and complementary team), respecting the agreed contracts, favoring their wellbeing, their vocational training, their personal upbringing and continuous follow up, for we believe this to be a major responsibility and priority.
- Guaranteeing the technological update and the use of innovative and differentiating tools, so to achieve high performance levels and output of all resources available in the company.
- Abiding by all legal and regulatory by-laws and all other requirements concerning our activity and supervision.
- Using the quality management system as a dynamic and evolutionary tool, with the aim to continuously improve and optimize efficiency and effectiveness of our processes.

We count on the commitment, involvement and dedication of our collaborators and partners to achieve a common goal: Excellence.

The Board at NLA is committed to make available the necessary resources so that the Quality Policy can be implemented by all our staff and partners, and the strategic objectives met, such policies being one of the keystones of NLA’ strategic orientation.


- Client oriented
- Ethics and professionalism
- Corporate culture and attitude
- Competence and rigor
- Professional team qualification
- Technology and Innovation
- Sustainable responsibility towards the Planet

Last updated on: March 1st, 2021.



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