Pedro Sá Costa

Pedro Sá Costa

Porto, PT



Born in 1973 in Vila Nova de Gaia, Portugal. Degree in architecture by FAUP - Faculdade de Arquitectura da Universidade do Porto, Portugal (1991 / 1997). In 1995 participates in the Urban Design Internacional Workshop at École d’Architecture de Nancy, France. Erasmus student at TU Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands in 1996 / 1997, having participated also on the High Rise Building International Workshop at the TU Delft during that year. After getting his degree, collaborates as architect in several architectural offices in Porto. From 2001 to 2008 is co-founder and managing partner at Fernandes, Bonito & Sá Costa Arquitectos in Porto. In 2009 sets up his own practice in Porto, collaborating simultaneously from 2011 until 2013 as architect at MVentura & Partners office.



Pedro Sá Costa Arquitecto, Porto, PT, Architect - project manager

Coordination of various small, medium and large scale projects. Architectural competitions, consultant services for clients.

Jan 2009 - current

MVentura & Partners, Porto, Portugal, Porto, PT, Architect

While working on my own personal projects, I have worked at MVentura and Partners in a wide range of projects of all scales, and in many phases, from housing (single family houses, apartment buildings) to hospitality (restaurants, hotels), health (heath clinics), architecture competitions (student housing complexes) and urban master plans (Urban Plan, Tete, Mozambique)

Jun 2011 - Jan 2013

FBSC arquitectos, Lda, Porto, PT, Architect/Partner - project manager

Coordination of various small, medium and large scale projects from conception to conclusion. This period was very important to develop my skills in the area of project management, budgeting, procurement, errors and omissions, etc., allowing me to get to know better the construction market and evaluate more objectively what is accessory and what is essential in a project of small, medium and large scale.

Mar 2001 - Dec 2008


Working at several architectural firms in Porto in the beginning of my career allowed me to participate in projects of all scales, from housing, hospitality and even scenography, to urban design. From this experience I started my own practise at FBSC arquitectos.

Mar 1998 - Mar 2001


Delft University of Technology, Delft University of Tecnology, Delft, The Netherlands, Architecture, Renovation, Urban Design

Erasmus Student (scholarship)
Fields of study:
Architecture planning (1 module)
Building Renovation (1 module)
International High Rise Building Seminar (1 module) - Workshop with lectures and mentoring given by guest teachers from SOM Chicago
Landscape design (1 module)

Oct 1996 - Jun 1997

Faculdade de arquitectura da Universidade do Porto - FAUP, Universidade do Porto, Porto, Portugal, MArch, Degree in Architecture

Degree in Architecture - Full 6 year course.
Note: Presently this degree, with the Bologna Process (Qualifications Framework of the European Higher Education Area), would be the equivalent to a MArch, although at that time students graduating from universities in Portugal didn't have to obtain a master's degree. As from 2005, however, with the enforcement of the Bologna Processa, a full degree in architecture obtained now at FAUP requires it,

Oct 1991 - Jun 1997


Health Care Centre, Loureda, Arcos de Valdevez, Portugal, 1st Place

The site, on the edge of a green park in the middle of the village, was the main challenge and adversity. In order to minimize the impact of the building, the program was organized in four different volumes, each of a different height and shade of grey, slightly displaced from each other. The layout also intended to save some existing trees, that were eventually cut down by the contractor.


Leões Student Residence, Évora, Portugal, 1st Place

Following the growth of the University of Évora, this institution wanted to build a new student residence within the territory of the former Leões factory, an old industrial complex situated on the outskirts of the city. As a result of the almost total degradation of the existing building,the proposal was based on the existing structure of the building and on its industrial concept. The option for a sloped roof, formally associated with warehouses and factories, was transported from the original building to the proposal and the traditional architecture of the Alentejo region, grounded, white, heavy and horizontal, defined the design of the main building as a construction of massive appearance and great solidity, cladded in the same material - white cement and wood panels.


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