Maria Lima

Maria Lima

Los Angeles, CA, US

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I am Maria a licensed Architect from Portugal, with more than 6 years of experience. Holder of a J1 Visa looking to develop my career as an architect in LA.

I am passionate about how design and materials can impact human feeling and behavior, in other words, neuroarchitecture. 

At the moment I am looking for an Architecture Studio around Venice area. Where I can contribute with my skills and also learn and grow as a professional.



indidesign, Los Angeles, CA, US, Architect / Designer

- Preparing presentations with design intentions for clients.
- Working on luxurious projects for hospitality.
- Setting DD and CD packages.
- Designing and detailing custom pieces of furniture according to the design intent.
- Answering RFI’s and ongoing projects.
- Dealing with consultants and brand representatives.
- Familiarized with ADA standards.

Oct 2022 - current

AM-ARQSTUDIO, Porto, PT, Architect

- Participating in various architecture competitions such as Young Architects Competitions.
- Planning and organizing project stages in order to meet deadlines.
- Writing and publishing project journals in English.
- Improving software knowledge such as Revit, Rhino and Twinmotion.
- Responsible for designing residential spaces and preparing construction drawings.

Nov 2020 - Aug 2022

Halo Design Interiors, London, GB, Junior Interior Designer & 3D Visualizer

- Responsible for studying the viability of the interior design regulations and adapting them to the architecture project.
- Designed 3D visuals.
- Coordinated between all parties needed before and during construction (electrical engineers, joinery makers, furniture companies, etc.)
- Created construction drawing sets such as joinery bundles, electrical plans, floor/ceiling plans and construction details.

Jul 2019 - Jul 2020

Nby - Concept and Project, Guimarães, PT, Architect and Junior Interior Designer

- Worked on projects for high-end apartments done by the studio Pitagoras Group.
- Developed detailed drawings of custom furniture.
- Adapted the desired spatial mood to the project by choosing colors, playing with lighting and furniture materials, fabrics and hues.
- Refined the general layouts for kitchens, bedrooms and bathrooms.

Jan 2019 - Mar 2019

Câmara Municipal de Guimarães, Guimarães, PT, Architect and Intern Architect

- Led projects while working with a team of landscape designers, surveyors and structural, plumbing, mechanical, and electrical engineers.
- Developed strong planning skills due to managing many projects at the same time.
- Worked on various types of projects, from landscape to rehabilitation.
- Handled all architectural stages, from defining the strategy to following up
with the construction phase.
- Coordinated several construction sites.
- Produced in an autonomous way all of the architecture projects due to the fast working pace of the office.

Aug 2015 - Nov 2017


EAUM - Escola de Arquitectura da Universidade do Minho, Guimarães, PT, MArch, Architecture

Finishing my Master's in Architecture and working on my Thesis about forgotten buildings.

Sep 2012 - Dec 2014

Yildiz Technical University, Istanbul, TR, MArch, Architecture

ERASMUS program

Sep 2011 - Jul 2012

EAUM - Escola de Arquitectura da Universidade do Minho, Guimarães, PT, BArch, Architecture

Sep 2008 - Jul 2011


Finalist Award, Award

This was a competition done with Andre Malheiro from AM-Arqstudio.
We needed to propose a new design for Marina di Loano in Italy.


Student Merit Award, Award

Academic Performance identified as the best student of the year 2011-2012.


Student Merit Award, Award

Academic Performance identified as the best student of the year 2009-2010.


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