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Somos a Apparatus, um escritório de arquitetura, design e investigação. Nós operamos em diferentes escalas; urbanismo, arquitetura e interiores, design gráfico e de objeto.

Fundado em 2016, o Apparatus Architects é um premiado escritório internacional de arquitetura e design com escritórios em Brasília e Lisboa. O escritório presta serviços nas áreas de Arquitetura, Urbanismo, Design Gráfico, Design de Interiores e Design de Objetos. O escritório da Apparatus Architects foi homenageado com o prestigioso Architizer A + Awards em 2020, nomeando a Apparatus Architects como um dos mais inovadores líderes da indústria e mais fortes talentos emergentes.

Nossa equipe é composta por profissionais experientes e habilidosos vindos de diversas origens, gerando um ambiente único para colaboração criativa. A Apparatus Architects atua em diferentes escalas e tipologias, com especial enfoque e interesse em arquitetura, reabilitação e desenho urbano. Como uma empresa internacional, os membros do nosso escritório são fluentes em inglês, francês, português, espanhol e alemão. Prestamos um serviço integrado de todas as fases da arquitetura e construção, desde o projeto conceitual à construção, documentação e licenciamento à fiscalização do local. Além disso, também oferecemos serviços de consultoria de projeto e planejamento.

Como um escritório voltado para a pesquisa, baseamos nosso pensamento arquitetônico no âmago de nossa prática. Tornamos nossas investigações relevantes por ser uma parte intrínseca de nosso processo conceitual. Isso torna a pesquisa parte essencial do nosso trabalho. Desenvolver e executar projetos em escala global, em diferentes países, não só nos dá valiosas percepções culturais e socioeconômicas, mas também oportunidades e colaborações únicas. Nós nos elogiamos por sermos extremamente sensíveis aos detalhes e comprometidos em criar projetos sob medida e relacionamentos significativos com nossos clientes.

Isto e nossa prática em constante evolução incorporam a própria base da Apparatus Architects.

Gabriella Gama, 1988 Brasilia
UniCEUB Brasilia, FAUP Porto
AA MPhil Architect
Arquitecta & Urbanista

Gabriella is architect and founding Design Partner at Apparatus Architects. In Brasilia, she gained experience in working at projects of different scales ranging from private residences to private and public buildings. Gabi participated in the development of construction drawings for the new bus terminal of Brasilia, refurbishments of public buildings, such as the Correio Brasiliense Newspaper headquarters, and worked on the design of international corporate headquarters and Honda flagship stores whilst in REIS Arquitetura. She also acquired experience in large scale construction assisting in the on-site supervision of the Olympic Stadium in Brasilia designed by von Gerkan, Marg and partners (GMP).
Despite being born in the modernist capital Brasilia, Gabi was raised in Geneva and Washington DC before going back to Brasilia. After acquiring significant experience, she decided to pursue her education in London and push further her studies on ‘Political Ground’ and enrolled in the MPhil in Projective Cities at the Architectural Association, under the supervision of Chris Lee (Serie Architects) and Sam Jacoby. Her studies explored the idea of Brasilia as a Megaform, term first coined by Fumihiko Maki and later redefined by Kenneth Frampton. Gabriella has been guest lecturer in Oxford, where she presented her research. Later on, her academic path was recognized in 2016 by FAUP in Porto, where she has been granted with a Masters in Architecture. Moreover, Gabriella’s time in London was flavored by the vivid cultural scene, which led her to specialize in Art Curation at the TATE Modern.
Gabriella’s vision behind the creation of Apparatus Architects is a collaborative collective from different backgrounds believing that there is no place for trans-disciplinary rigidity in design. It is fundamental for her, that Apparatus Architects’ design is in constant evolution looking for the most unique expression of spatiality. Her undeniable sense for space in combination with her critical background allow her to bring to life our concepts.

Filipe Lourenço, 1983 Paris
Academy of Fine Arts Paris-Malaquais
AA MPhil Architect AA Honours

Filipe is architect and founding Design Partner at Apparatus Architects with a unique combination of work and research background. Filipe gained extensive work experience in consecutive years as an architect at the Pritzker winning Ateliers Jean Nouvel in Paris and Sydness Architects in New York. At Ateliers Jean Nouvel, Filipe worked at the construction drawings of Jane’s Carousel and the Glass Tower, both located in New York City. At Sydness Architects, Filipe worked in a series of private competitions, high-end condominiums in Manhattan and on projects for towers in New York and Miami. Filipe had an on-site experience of the restauration and expansion of the Bristol Hotel in Paris, by Anthony Bechu. He also had an intense experience in interior architecture under the French decorator Pierre Hervé Walbaum, where he developed high-end interior architecture and restorations projects in historic castles and palaces in Florence, Viena, France and Moscow. Despite having had a significant work experience ranging from large- to small-scale projects, Filipe has a particular interest in academic research, which began in his Thesis under the supervision of philosopher Jean Attali and the Urbanist Jerrome Treuttel. Filipe was investigating the topic of Utopia and Heterotopia in the cities of Tokyo, Shanghai and Pheonix. He later furthered his research under the methodology of focusing on typology and its relation to the urban scale in Sam Jacoby’s MPhil program at the Architectural Association in London. Furthermore, Filipe has been guest lecturer in Casablanca and FAUL Lisbon, Paris-Malaquais and also took part in academic research alongside historian Marieta da Mesquita in Lisbon and French philosopher Marc Armengaud in Belgrade and Paris, which led to several publications.

Filipe’s vision behind the creation of Apparatus Architects, is a collective that should be able to question our time and our way of living. It is paramount for him that the office is able to create discourse, question paradigms and create relevant debates. Filipe’s undeniable vocation for creation associated with his theoretical and work background allow him to critically craft and conceptualize our work.

Inês Braz, 1985 Lisboa
FAUL Lisboa
IST UL Lisboa

Specialized in Architecture and Rehabilitations.
With an investigative nature, Inês has collaborated in a number of academic investigations in the FAUL Lisbon. Having lived most of her life in the city of Brussels, Inês was largely inspired by the Art Nouveau movement, which lead her to investigate the topic overseen by historian Marieta Dá Mesquita. After her studies, Inês gained work experience in a wide scope of projects ranging from interior design, architecture to urban planning in Portugal and Africa. At Apparatus Architects, she is responsible for overseeing the compliance of regulations and construction drawings besides working in the conception phase of the projects. Her technical skills and methodical profile allow our visions to become reality.

Barbara Romero, 1987 Brasilia
UniCEUB Brasilia, Brasil
IED Madrid, ESNE Madrid
Arquitecta & Urbanista

Specialized in Architecture and Retail Design.
Driven and having acquired prior experience Barbara co-founded her own studio as Partner and Creative Director in Brasilia. During the that time in Brasilia, she developed a particular interest in retail projects, which led her to specialize in Retail Design and Visual Merchandizing at IED in Madrid. During her studies in Spain, she expanded her knowledge into even more detail and completed a Masters in Fashion, Design Technology and Digital Business. Her atypical journey, experience and energy has contributed to the Apparatus Architects. With her modernist influence, Barbara has strong sensibility and aesthetic intuition for timeless compositions. At Apparatus Architects, Barbara is responsible for developing and overseeing technical drawings and the construction sites, besides being an active part of our creative process.

Beatriz Pinta, Santiago 1994
Faculdade de Belas Artes de Lisboa
Designer Gráfica

Specialized in Graphic Design and Communication Design.
Bealtriz is our in-house Graphic Designer. Despite working within the field of Graphic Design and Communication, she has a background in Political Economy and she flirts with the concepts of design influences on political provocations. In her latest academic experiment, she founded a collective of Graphic Designers, became editor of the internationally praised online RIFE magazine. In our studio, she is also responsible for branding, information design, signaletics and presentations. Her unique perspective and particular approach to design have become an integrate part of our projects and day-to-day business of Apparatus Architects.

Dali, Leeds 2013
Relações Públicas

Dali is in charge of our public relations and mood management. Fluent in Portuguese, English and Dogo. Dali also regularly takes the partners out for walks.


Arquitectos Júnior: Marcelo Guilherme e Maria Eduarda Neumann | Estagiários: Frederico Ribeiro e Aleksander Daniel | Gerente Financeiro: Kevin de Carvalho | Contabilidade: Mafalda Oliveira | Sociólogo Urbano: José Pedro Braz | Artista CG: Carlos da Costa | Fotógrafo: Ricardo Oliveira Alves

Colaboradores Passados:

Fotógrafos: Fernando Guerra e Haruo Mikami | Artistas CG: Ian Alves, João Victor, Tejo Collective, In Homes Design e Axel Fangueiro | Museógrafo: Julia Moraes | Paisagista: Piso Térreo | Designer Gráfico: Nádia Alexandre | Arquitecto: Vanessa Vieira | Arquitecto de Interiores: Nuno Alexandre | Arquitectos Júnior: Gustavo da Costa, José Crespo, Catarina Gaspar and João Ribeiro | Estagiários: Yannick Plachtzik, Luís Nogueira, Timothy Lerebours, Thomas Lauwers, Luís Carlos, Ana Margarida Alves, Rita Fonseca, Lourenço Fernandes and Victor Oliveira

Fotografia: Ricardo Oliveira Alves
Design e desenvolvimento: Beatriz Pinta, Nádia Alexandre