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José Manuel Soares was born in Porto, Portugal in 1953, studied Architecture in the School of Fine Arts of Porto (present Faculty of Architecture, University of Porto - FAUP), where he graduated in 1977.
Throughout his student years he participated in the teams of FFH/SAAL, at the social housing quarters of Leal and Arrábida in Porto from 1974 to 1976.
He started his teaching activity as an Assistant in the Architecture course of the Faculty of Engineering, University of Angola between 1980 and 1981. Since 1984 until present time he teaches in FAUP, where he obtained his PhD in Architecture in 2013.
During his professional practice he collaborated with many architects from 1978 until 2002.
Since 1995 he established his private office, based in Porto, Portugal, with an ever growing team.
Currently working with architects Pedro Martins, João Pedro Carneiro, Julião da Eira, Hugo Natário and civil engineer João Soares, his brother and also partner, the team designs and builds for Portugal and abroad in the Architecture and Urbanism fields.




José Manuel Soares nasceu no Porto, Portugal em 1953, estudou Arquitectura na Escola de Belas Artes do Porto (actual Faculdade de Arquitectura da Universidade do Porto - FAUP), onde se licenciou em 1977.
Participou ainda durante o seu período de estudante nas equipas do FFH/SAAL, nos bairros do Leal e da Arrábida no Porto, entre 1974 e 1976.
Começou a sua actividade de docente como Assistente na Faculdade de Engenharia da Universidade de Angola entre 1980 e 1981. Desde 1984 até à data presente é docente na FAUP, onde obteve o grau de Doutorado em Arquitectura em 2013.
Durante a sua actividade profissional, colaborou com vários arquitectos entre 1978 e 2002.
Desde 1995 que estabeleceu o seu escritório particular no Porto, Portugal, tendo vindo a crescer a sua equipa ao longo do tempo.
Actualmente, em conjunto com os arquitectos Pedro Martins, João Pedro Carneiro, Julião da Eira, Hugo Natário e o engenheiro civil João Soares, seu irmão e sócio, a equipa realiza diversas obras e projectos nos campos da Arquitectura e Urbanismo tanto em Portugal como no estrangeiro.

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Carcavelos

Housing in Carcavelos, Lisbon, Portugal.

Concurso de Ideias para o Monte Pedral, Porto

Concurso Público de Ideias para o desenvolvimento de habitação a custos controlados, residência de estudantes e comércio, no antigo Quartel do Monte Pedral, Porto.

Azores Fish Market rehabilitation

Rehabilitation of the old Fish Market in Vila Franca do Campo, Azores,
into a Restaurant's Mall area.

Housing Building in Porto

Rehabilitation of an XIX century building in Porto downtown, for housing and two Airbnb apartments.

Arouca Urban Plan

Urban Requalification Plan for the West Area of Arouca village, Portugal.

House in Ericeira

Expansion and Rehabilitation of a weekend house in Ericeira, Portugal.

FEP

Rehabilitation of FEP - Faculty of Economy of the University of Porto, Portugal.

Municipal Library and Toy's Museum in Torres Vedras

Public Competition for the conception and elaboration of the Municipal Library and Toy´s Museum of Torres Vedras, Portugal.