Nuno Leónidas


Nuno Maria Figueira Rodrigues Leónidas,
architect, born in in Funchal the 31st March 1954.
Graduated Architect in "Santa Úrsula" University, Rio de Janeiro (1979).
Post-Graduated in Urban Planning, "Santa Úrsula" University, Rio de Janeiro (1980).
Attended the course "town planning in six Italian cities", by Leonardo Benévolo, USU, Rio de Janeiro (1980).
Technical Manager of "Sopal do Brazil, Ltda.", Rio de Janeiro (1975-1976).
Technical and Financial Manager of "VERTIGO - Projectos e Construções, Ltda" (1977-1978).
Architect in CECAN, Rio de Janeiro (1978-1979).
1st prize in the Klabin University Architecture Award for a Children´s Cumunitary Center in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (1977).
1st prize in a competition promoted by the National Housing Bank - BNH, for a social interest housing project, Brazil (1979).
Teacher in the 2nd and 3rd University Extension Courses on Architecture and Environmental Applied Solar Energy In Mário Pinotti Foundation, Rio de Janeiro, and in the 1st Conference Cycle about Applied Solar Energy Architecture (1980).
Office in Lisbon (1980-1983).
Teacher in the 1st Post-Graduation Course PG2 in Environmental
Architecture in "Escola Superior de Belas-Artes" in Lisbon (1983).
Member of the Council of Delegates of the Portuguese Architects Association (1987-1995).
Member of the South Regional Directive Council of the Portuguese Architects Association (1996-1998).
President of the General Assembly of the Portuguese Association of Project Designers and Consultants (2004-2007).
Year's Personality - Imobiliária Magazine (2005).
Board Member of the Portuguese Association of Project Designers and Consultants  (2007).
General Manager and Founder Partner in NLA - Nuno Leónidas Arquitectos, Lda. (Since 1983).


Vasco Leónidas

Vice President

Vasco Maria Figueira Rodrigues Leónidas,
architect, born in Lisbon, the 20th of January 1964.
Graduated in Architecture by "Universidade Técnica de Lisboa" University.
Attended the following courses:

Course of Project Security, in the Portuguese Association of Architects (1992).
Environmental Protection, Municipal Building Permit and Territory Management Course (1993).
SAAE basic Course in ARRIS CAD.

Teacher in the European Founds Sponsored CAD course "Unix Environment CAD".
Works with "NLA - Nuno Leónidas Arquitectos, Lda." since 1980.
Member of "Grupo de Trabalho da Encomenda" (1992) and Professional Practices Workgroup from the Portuguese Association of Architects (1997-1998).
Representative of the Architects Order in the jury for the International competition for the Science University Library of the "Universidade Nova de Lisboa" (1998).
Member of the South Admission Council of the Architects order (1999-2001).
Vice President of the South Region Delegate Council (1999-2001).
Member of the Council of Delegates of the Portuguese Architects Order (2002-2004).
Currently is Partner and Director of NLA - Nuno Leónidas Arquitectos, Lda. (since 1989).


Fernando de Castello-Branco

Director - International Division

Fernando Nuno Botelho de Castello-Branco,
architect, was born in Rio de Janeiro on the 14th of November, 1959.
Undergradute studies from Universidade Santa Úrsula in Rio de Janeiro (1981),
Graduate (Master of Science) studies in Architecture from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (M.I.T.), Cambridge, U.S.A..
Internship at the architecture practice of arch. Sérgio Bernardes (1978-1981).
In his masters degree thesis ‘Upgrading of Substandard Settlements in Developing Countries’ he used as case study the hillside neighborhood of of ‘Casal Ventoso’ in Lisbon to seek low cost sanitation solutions and the urban requalification of that slum settlement in the 80’s.
Architect in the Municipality of Lisbon in the Rehabilitation of Substandard Areas (1983-1988).
Founding partner of GRAPHOS Architects since 1986 where he remained until 2012. In intellectual co-authorship he was responsible for a significant number of projects and buildings in Portugal, Angola and Algeria.
Property Appraiser since 2002 granted by ESAI –Escola Superior de Actividades Imobiliárias, in Lisbon.
Administrator of FULL CIRCLE – Soluções Imobiliárias Integradas S.A., company devoted to procurement and set up of real estate businesses (2002-2007).
Invited by EXPRESSO / SOJORNAL to lead and coordinate the design competition for the new headoffice building the said group would eventually build on Rotunda da Bela Vista in Lisbon, later the decision to build the company’s headquarters moved to Porto Salvo (2002-2003).
Fórum Montijo and Montijo Retail Park are one of many design commissions in co-authorship with architect Paulo Prazeres de Sá, the shopping was part of a final shortlist for award winning design granted by the ICSC - International Council of Shopping Centers (2004).
Manique Village, a residential condominium nearby Lisbon, in co-authorship, was part of the final winning shortlist of the ‘Real Estate Oscars’ of magazine IMOBILIÁRIA (2006).
Sesimbra Bay, a touristic development in Sesimbra, in co-authorship, was included in the final award winning shortlist of the ‘Real Estate Oscars’ of magazine IMOBILIÁRIA (2011).
Associate Director for the International Division at NLA - Nuno Leónidas Arquitectos, Lda. (2013)


Paulo Aguiar

Director Asia and Middle East General Manager and Partner of NLATimor

Literary Abilities
High school graduation in Potsdam NY, USA (1987).
Graduated in Civil Engineering from the “Instituto Superior Técnico” (1995).
Postgraduate in Advanced Project Management and Evaluation Program at Universidade Católica Portuguesa (2005).

Professional Activities
Project manager for several road and infrastructure projects at Algarestradas (1996-1998).
Project manager in several Education and public equipment projects in the Autonomous Region of Madeira (1998-2000).
Consultant on several projects as supervisory director with emphasis on:
Remodeling of seafronts in Madeira: Madalena do Mar, Ribeira Brava (2003).
Cultural Center Casa das Mudas (2004). Ribeira Brava Health Center (2005).
Palheiro Golf Village (2007).
With Dalan, in East Timor, Director General, with a focus on projects (2008-2015).
Supervision of the construction of the Official Residence of the RDTL Presidency.
Strategic Plan for infrastructure to support the Petroleum industry on the South Coast of East Timor.
Project and Supervision of the construction of the new building of the Ministry of Justice of East Timor.
Plan of the University Polo of Hera. Inspection of the road network in the Oecusse enclave.
Land use plan for the Island of Ataúro.
Assistance to the Japanese Government's cooperation projects in Timor - JICA.
Author of the “Buiding Regulation Code”, inserted in the ADB Asian Development Bank Program.
Founding Partner of NLA Timor - Urbanismo Arquitectura e Engenharia (2016).
International Area Director at NLA - Nuno Leónidas Arquitectos, Lda., in Asia Pacific and Middle East (2016).


Duarte Tenera

Director - Creative Department

Duarte Nuno Azevedo Vicente Ramos Tenera,
architect, was born on the 6th of October 1967.

Graduated in Architecture by the “Universidade Lusíada de Lisboa”, in 1991

Professional Experience
With Nuno Leónidas Arquitectos, Lda. (since 1991):
Epul - “Encosta do Mosteiro” - Lisbon.
Estoril Praia - Masterplan - Estoril.
Azinor - Hotel Torre Vasco da Gama - 5* Hotel - Lisbon.
Sana Park Malhoa Hotel - 4* Hotel - Lisbon.
Marlagos - “Marina Club” Aparthotel 4* - Lagos - Algarve.
Marlagos - Tourist Flats - Lagos - Algarve.
Epul - “Encosta do Mosteiro” - Lisbon.
Estoril Praia - Housing Complex - Estoril.
Marlagos - Condominium - Lagos - Algarve.
Neocivil - Apartments - Plot 14 - Lagos - Algarve.
Neocivil - Apartments - Plots 10/11, 12/13, 15/16 - Lagos - Algarve.
Housing, Retail and Offices - Montijo.
Norfin - “Office Park Expo” - Offices Complex - Parque das Nações - Lisbon.
IIES and INATEL - Head Office - Parque das Nações - Lisbon.
“Galerias S. Bento” - Leisure Center - Railway Station S. Bento - Oporto.
Vasp - New Facilities - Talaíde.
Refer - Railway Station - Guarda.
Estoril Praia - Sports Complex - Estoril.
Refer - Railway Stations Tunes/Faro - Algarve - Competition.


Patrick Pessoa

Director of international projects department

Alexandre Patrick Fernandes Esteves Rodrigues Pessoa,
architect, was born in Reading (Berkshire, United Kingdom) on the 15th of March 1975.

Academic Background
Master of Science (MSc) in Advanced Architectural Studies (AAS) na Bartlett School of Graduate Studies, University College London (UCL), London, UK (2004).
Diploma in Architecture, Faculty of Architecture (FA), Lisbon Technical University (UTL), Lisbon (2000).

Profissional Activity
Architect in NLA - Nuno Leónidas Associated Architects, Lda., Lisbon, since 2005.
Architect in NLA Timor - Urbanismo, Arquitectura e Engenharia, since 2016.
Architect in DALAN - Engenharia, Estudos e Projectos (NLA Projects) (2009-2016).
External Researcher at the Architecture and Civil Engineering Department of Instituto Superior Técnico (Lisbon Technical University), Lisboa (2004).
Architect in CVDB - Cristina Veríssimo e Diogo Burnay, Associated Architects Lda., Lisbon (2001-2002).
Trainee Architect in Rocco Design Limited, Architects & Engineers (RDL), Hong Kong (2000).

Research Activities
Co-author of the ‘long paper’ (with Prof. Teresa Valssassina Heitor and Prof. Ana Tostões) “Inside-Out and Outside-In: when setting and content interact” (investigation on how spatial properties of the Gulbenkian Foudation’s temporary art gallery interact with Gormley's work and correspond to his intention of bringing space together with the content so a narrative is created), presented at the 5th Space Syntax Symposium, Delft, Netherlands (2005).

Attends to the 4th Space Syntax Symposium in London, UK (2003).

Sebastião Sanchez

Project Manager

Ana Oliveira

Project Manager

Dina Oliveira

Project Manager

José Lopez

Project Manager

Marta Bravo

Project Manager

Fernando Oliveira

Project Manager

Teresa Afonso

Carla Rebelo

Geomatic Eng.
SIG Manager

Isabel Cunha

Senior Architect

Ágata Fontes

Senior Architect

Sérgio Guedes

Senior Architect

Joana Gabriel

Tiago Martins

Maria Gonçalves

Vânia Farinha


Sofia Lopes


José Managem


Madalena Silva


Ravena Gonçalves

Junior Architect

José Mestre

Junior Architect

Laila Gonçalves

Junior Architect

Pedro Leónidas


Ricardo Martins

Quantity Surveyor

Jorge Alves


Luis Moreira

CAD Designer

Afonzinho Pascoal


Irene Barreto

Administrative Director

Cristina Duarte

Management Secretary

Flávia Mendonça


Nothing would be possible without the contribute of all that made part of our team, and have contributed positively, to our growth. They are part of our culture and our legacy:

Alexandra Quintas Alexandre Duarte Silva Alexandre Silva Fernandes Ana Dejanira Carmo Ana Grilo Ana Matos Ferreira Ana Paula Pais Ana Rita Sousa e Silva Anabela Caldas André Mourinha Ângelo Almeida Armando Carmo Benedita Pinto Leal Bernardo Bugalho Carina Tranquada Catarina Macedo Darwin Canga Demétrio Ruivo Diana Lages Eduardo Cardoso Menezes Elsa Osório Élvio Pereira Fernando Carvalho Alexandrino Filipa Cruz Francisco Saldanha Francisco Serrano Gersílio Lima Gonçalo Ribeiro Hélder Constantino Helena Fogaça Helena Salreta Henrique Moreira Inês Cruz Isabel Alves Isabel Ferreira Joana Soares Carneiro João Baptista João Moreira João Paulo Gomes João Pedro Mestre Jorge Matos José Franco José Maria Pinto Leal José Pedro Azevedo Luis Campos Guerra Luis Dinis Luisa Caetano Lurdes Amaral Mafalda Cançado Carvalho Magda Lourenço Magda Mota Marco Antunes Marco Araújo Margarida Rocha Maria José Silva Mariana Abreu Mariana Moniz Mariana Simões Marta Peres Mauro Jesus Miguel Sá Gomes Miguel Silva Myriam Thaili Nour El Houda Mahfoud Nuno Calado Patricia Frazão Bento Paula Conceição Paula Pimentel Pedro Emauz Pedro Ferreira Pedro Veiga de Macedo Pilar Valadares Prasad Prasannakumar Regino Cruz Rita Brissos Costa Rita Nogueira Rui Vaz da Silva Sandra Conduto Oliveira Sandra Maia Sofia Bragança Solok Alkatiri Sónia Carias Susana Delgado Susana Freitas Susana Peixoto Susana Preguiça Tatiana Santos Teresa Valadares Tomás Vasconcelos Victor Teixeira