Manuel Aires Mateus was born in Lisbon in 1963 and graduated from Faculdade de Arquitectura / U.T.L in 1986. He started collaborating with Gonçalo Byrne in 1983 and started developing projects with his brother Francisco in 1988. The office Aires Mateus was then established independently by the two brothers although it was housed in Byrne’s studio in the first years. The visibility of their work - resulting in several national and international awards - has caused them to be invited to lecture and teach at several institutions. Among these are the Graduate School of Design in Harvard, the Accademia di Architettura in Mendrisio as well as several others in Portugal.