Lisbon, June 1957.
Graduated in Architecture by the School of Fine Arts of Oporto (1976-1981).
Lived in Amsterdam, from 1981 to 1990, where he worked as an Architect and studied at the Academie Voor Bouwkunst Van Amsterdam.
In 1993 he founded the practice Carlos Castanheira & Clara Bastai, Arquitectos Lda. with the Architect Maria Clara Bastai.
Working, mainly, in the private sector, he has acted as juror on competition panels, participated in conferences, has been involved in setting up Architectural education courses and workshops, has curated and organized exhibitions, and has edited and published books and catalogues.
Since he was a student he has been collaborating with the Architect Álvaro Siza in various projects in Portugal but, mostly,abroad.


2005 – National Prize for Architecture in Timber – AIMMP with the project “Avenal House,” Ul Oliveira de Azeméis, Portugal.

2011 – National Prize for Architecture in Timber  – AFN/MA with the project “Adpropeixe House”, Terras do Bouro, Gerês, Portugal.

2011 – Honorable Mention in National Prize for Architecture in Timber – AFN/MA with the project “Casa da Torre Winery”, Vila Nova de Famalicão, Portugal.

2015 – Best Wine of Tourism – Regional winner in category of Architecture and Landscape with the project “Quinta da Faísca Winery”, Favaios, Alijó, Portugal.

2015 – Awarded by the Internacional Archdaily  in the category: “Office building of the year 2015”, with the project “Building on the Water- Shihlien Chemical”with Architect Alvaro Siza, Jiangsu, China.

2015 – Awarded with an Honorable Mention in National Prize for Architecture in Timber  – AFN/MA with the Project “Equestrian Center,” Leça da Palmeira. Portugal.

2016 – Selected for the Archmarathon Awards with Álvaro Siza, with the project “Building on the Water- Shihlien Chemical”, Jiangsu, China.

2016 – One of the seven finalists’ projects , in the Archdaily Platform Prizes, in the category of “Sport Building”,  with the project “Equestrian  Center”, Cabo do Mundo, Leça da Palmeira, Matosinhos.

2017 – Valmor Municipal Architecture Prize, from Lisbon City Council, with Architect Álvaro Siza with the project “Chiado Public Space.Carmo Connection”, Lisbon, concerning to the year of 2015, best project.

2019 – One of the eight finalists’ projects, from the National Prize for Architecture in Timber – AFN/MA with the project “FeelViana – Hotel”, Viana do Castelo, Portugal.

2020 – Real Estate Prize from Expresso and SIC-Noticias in the category of Construction and Sustainable Architecture and Honorable Mention with project Treetop Walk Serralves, Porto, Portugal.




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