Danilo Sampaio

Danilo Sampaio

London, GB



Brazil-born Portuguese architect has been working in the architectural industry for a period of more than 10 years altogether. His experience covers a wide range of projects worldwide of different types, scales, and stages, including Maracana Stadium for the Rio 2007 Pan American Games consortium with Arktectus, Manchester and Stansted Airports for Pascall+Watson, Margate Seaview Hotel for Perkins&Will and currently Whiteleys Redevelopment for Foster + Partners. In addition to his design and technical skills, he has gained valuable management experience through his education and professional experiences.

Member of RIBA as ‘Chartered Architect’ and registered as ‘Architect' and 'Architect and Urban Planner’ in the countries of Portugal (OA) and Brazil (CAU) respectively, in late 2002 received a ‘Buildings Technician’ professional certification from a technical school, when his work experience began. Graduated in late 2009 in ‘Architecture and Urban Planning’ after completing a 5-year bachelor’s degree from the ‘Federal University of Rio de Janeiro’, a top 5 architecture school in Latin America. Has acquired master’s degree in ‘Architecture’ equivalency from ‘Porto University’s Architecture Faculty’ after having graduated with a ‘Distinction’ in ‘MArch Architectural Design’ from the Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL, in September 2015, receiving the ‘B-Pro Bronze Prize’ for the ‘reEarth Project’. Besides his extensive architectural training, he has a Postgraduate Certificate in ‘International Business Administration’ from ‘Manhattan Institute of Management’, business school based in New York City.

He has been working at well-recognised architecture studios (all part of AJ100) in Central London since 2015, soon after his graduation from The Bartlett, UCL. Currently working as 'Overseas Architect' at 'Foster + Partners' and undertaking a Postgraduate Certification in Professional Practice in Architecture from RIBA North at University of Chester.

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Foster + Partners, London, GB, O/A

Dec 2018 - current

Independent, Rio de Janeiro, BR, Architect, Designer, Modeler and Illustrator

Jan 2008 - current

Perkins&Will, London, GB, Architectural Designer

Oct 2017 - Dec 2018

Pascall+Watson Architects, London, GB, Architectural Designer

Oct 2015 - Oct 2017

Arktos Sustainable Architecture, Rio de Janeiro, BR, Architect | Project Manager

Dec 2011 - Sep 2014

The H.L. Turner Group, LLC, Concord, NH, US, Intern Architect | International Representative

May 2013 - Dec 2013

Projectus Consulting Ltd., Rio de Janeiro, BR, Trainee Architect and Junior Architect

Oct 2010 - Nov 2011

Gafisa S/A, Rio de Janeiro, BR, Trainee and Construction Architect

Mar 2008 - Sep 2010

Raffa Architecture, Rio de Janeiro, BR, Intern

Mar 2005 - Dec 2007

Gás Capital GR, Rio de Janeiro, BR, Field Draftsman

Jan 2004 - Dec 2004

SOSEMA, Rio de Janeiro, BR, Technical and Administrative Assistant

Jul 2003 - Dec 2003


RIBA Northwest, London, GB, Professional Practice in Architecture

The RIBA has its own Part 3 course and qualification – the Advanced Diploma in Professional Practice in Architecture, which is administered in the RIBA North office. The course is residential and is delivered at the University of Chester. The course and the related examination in Professional Practice is validated and prescribed by the RIBA and the ARB respectively.

Dec 2019 - current

University College London (UCL), London, GB, MArch, MArch Architectural Design

The Masters programme in Graduate Architectural Design (GAD) is a 12-month full-time post-professional course, leading to a Masters of Architecture (MArch) degree. The programme is structured around six Research Clusters curated to deliver diverse yet focused strands of speculative research, emphasising the importance of advanced design in complexities of acute context. The MArch GAD is part of B-Pro, a new umbrella structure for prospective architecture, urbanism, design and theory at an advanced level.

B-Pro Bronze Prize for the project 'reEarth'

Sep 2014 - Sep 2015

Manhattan Institute of Management - MIM, New York, NY, US, International Business Management

The Manhattan Institute of Management is a private higher learning institution committed to offering students a high quality, global business education. MIM offers our students a real opportunity to gain insight into the meaning of business success, in New York and around the world. In the past 29 years, over 8,000 students from almost every country on earth have stepped through the gates of MIM's downtown Manhattan main campus.

Apr 2013 - Sep 2013

Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, BR / FAU, BArch, Architecture and Urbanism

The Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, UFRJ, is a public university in the state of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. UFRJ is one of the Brazilian centers of excellence in teaching and research. It is the first higher education institution of Brazil and largest federal university of the country, where many of the most qualified institutions are state-owned. It is mainly located in the city of Rio de Janeiro with three campuses in town, and there are other campuses in the cities of Macaé and Duque de Caxias.

Mar 2005 - Dec 2009

Escola Técnica Estual Ferreira Viana, Rio de Janeiro, BR, Building Construction Technology

Associate's degree in Building Construction Technology

Mar 2000 - Nov 2002


B-Pro Prize, 3rd Place

B-Pro Bronze Prize for the project 'reEarth'


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