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Luiz Conceição, was born in Vila do Porto, in the Azores (1952), graduated as an architect at Lisbon College of Fine Arts (1978). Completed a PhD at the Faculty of Architecture of the University of Lisbon, with the theme “The consecration of water through architecture, for a water architecture” (1997).

He was Professor at Lusíada University, at the Faculty of Architecture of University of Lisbon, Professor and Director of the Architecture courses at Moderna University of Setúbal, Lusófona University of Lisbon and Manuel Teixeira Gomes Higher Institute, in Portimão.

In 2007, he ran for president of the Order of Architects with the motto “For an Order of values”. He was a member of EAAE – The European Association for Architectural Education and Researcher at the Center for Territory, Culture and Development Studies, Lusófona University of Lisbon.


The Luiz Conceição Award was instituted, in 2020, by the Integrated master’s degree in architecture of ISMAT – Manuel Teixeira Gomes Higher Institute – MIA.ISMAT. The prize is awarded annually and aims to distinguish the work of students from the 1st to the 6th semester of architecture studies, enrolled in national and international educational institutions. Will be admitted works for the two semesters of the academic year immediately preceding that of the respective edition of the Luiz Conceição Award.


  1. May participate Architecture Project and/or Urban Design works (regardless of their designation) carried out between the first and sixth semester by students enrolled in Architecture of national and international institutions of higher education in architecture, during the academic year in which the prize takes place, or that have ended in the year immediately previous.
  2. Only works carried out during the academic year immediately preceding that of the edition of the Prize, to which they are applying, will be admitted.
  3. The Luiz Conceição Award distinguishes one winning work and one honourable mention. Exceptionally, if the jury recognizes equal merit for more than one work, it will be awarded more
    than an Ex aequo award. In the event that the Jury finds that no application proves worthy of the prize, it will not be awarded, the jury reserves the option of award a second honourable mention.
  4. The winning entry is awarded the amount of one thousand and five hundred euros. The honourable mention is awarded the amount of six hundred euros. The prize is awarded singularly to the work, regardless of the number of authors. If more than one Ex aequo winner is nominated, the prize amount is divided equally between the awarded works.
  5. 5. All competitors whose works are admitted to the competition receive a certificate participation.


  1. Works carried out within the scope of the Curricular Units for Project of Architecture and/or Urban Design (regardless of its designation) of the first sixth semesters of studies in Architecture carried out in national or international institutions of university education.
  2. There is no limit imposed on the number of works proposed to competition for each educational establishment and/or stedent(s).
  3. The theme is free.


  1. 1. The application process is carried out by the student(s) and delivered in digital format – PDF format, with a maximum of 25Mb – through the application form – which must include all identification elements of the work and its author(s), as well as from the educational institution, curricular unit and academic semester.
  2. The application form will be available on the website:
  3. The application processes must be duly validated by the educational institution for which the student(s) competes, accompanied by a declaration proving the student’s registration (name, academic year and curricular unit to which the work in competition corresponds).
  4. The application processes are presented on a maximum of two A1 panels (240dpi), arranged vertically, without identifying the student(s) or the institution to which they belong.
  5. The texts and subtitles on panels A1 must be written in Portuguese and English.
  6. The A1 panels, the declaration and the application form (in PDF format) must be submitted by email to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  7. Each work will be assigned a number and its identity will only be known to the jury members, after the final classification has been assigned.


  1. The evaluation of the works is done in two phases. The first establishes a panel of ten finalist works. The second will establish the winning work and the one Honourable Mention.
  2. In the first phase, all the works submitted to the competition are gathered, which will be analysed individually by all members of the jury. Each member of the jury individually suggests ten works that he considers having the necessary quality to proceed to the next phase. This phase is closed by a jury meeting, designed to select the ten finalist works, after weighing the ratings given by the seven jurors. The President of the Jury is casting vote in case of equal votes.
  3. In the second phase takes place a joint appraisal of the ten finalist works by the seven elements of the jury. The classification of the works is voted and defined. The President of the Jury is casting vote in case of equal votes.
  4. The announcement of the results will be made public through publication on the website.
  5. An exhibition will then be held with the ten finalist works.


  1. The jury consists of seven elements:
    1. Two Professors from the scientific area of architecture and/or urbanism at MIA.ISMAT;
    2. Two Professors in the scientific architecture and/or urbanism field from other National Higher Education Institutions;
    3. A Professor in the scientific field of architecture and/or urbanism from other International Higher Education Institutions;
    4. An architect exercising professional activity;
    5. A representative of the Regional Section of the Algarve of the Order of Architects;
    6. In each Edition, the direction of the Award appoints, from among the judges, the President of the Jury.
  2. Teaching staff whose students’ works are prize candidates, is not legible for member of the Jury.
  3. The Jury can meet in person or by video conference.
  4. The constitution of the jury is announced annually with the opening of the application.
  5. The jury will consist of a President and six members.


After a jury meeting, it was unanimously decided that a new meeting is necessary to determine the ten finalist projects for the Luiz Conceição International Architecture Award. Thus, these will be announced by 7 June instead of 1 June, as initially planned.

We apologise for any inconvenience caused.

  1. Opening of the competition: 19th of January 2024
  2. Applications open until: 1st of May 2024
  3. Appointment of the jury until: 8th of May 2024
  4. Announcement of the 10 finalist works: 1st of June 2024
  5. Announcement of the winners and delivery of the prizes will take place in June, at the commemorative ceremony of the ISMAT’s commemorative day.
  6. Payment of premiums will be made during the following academic year.
  7. Exhibition of finalist works: Inauguration in June, inserted in the celebrations of the day of ISMAT.



Professor, ISMAT

Architect from the Faculty of Architecture of the “Technical University of Lisbon” and a PhD in Architecture from the “University of Évora”. He taught at “Moderna University” - Setúbal and Lisbon, between 1996 and 2008. He did research at the “Center for Architecture, City and Territory Studies” at that University. He participated in workshops at different European universities. Lecturer and researcher at ISMAT's Integrated Master’s in Architecture, in the scientific area of Architecture, since 2019. He is a researcher at CHAIA at the “University of Évora”. Architectural practice: atelier WA, Lisbon.


Professor, ISMAT

Born in Milan, graduated architect at the city's Politecnico (1993). Worked at JLCG Arquitetos until 1996, when he opened his own studio in Lisbon, consolidating his career up until 2002 [nbAA]. His main challenge was the integration of passive principles in architectural design, especially in competitions. Complementing his work, he also develops award-winning projects internationally in the areas of design, scenography, curation and teaching. He closed his studio in 2012, having compiled in the book "fuNking life" the reflections and projects developed over the course of 10 years.

He obtained his PhD in 2023, with research on low-cost passive strategies applicable to poor housing in Brazil. He is currently a professor at MIA-ISMAT, teaching courses in Project, Urban Design, and Urban Ecology. He participates in training actions and conferences related to architecture and energy. His current interest in all areas is the paradigm shift needed to address current planetary challenges.


Professor, University of Applied Sciences Erfurt

Almut Seeger is an architect based in Berlin and a professor at the University of Applied Sciences Erfurt. After studying at the BTU Cottbus, the Bartlett School of Architecture London and the TU Berlin, she worked for various offices in Vienna and Berlin before founding her own practice in 2007. Initially in partnership under the name Task Architekten and since 2009 independently as Tonic Architekten, she designs and realises projects on various scales. The spectrum ranges from the redesign and conversion of former industrial sites to residential buildings and small staged spaces for art.

She was Assistant Professor at the BTU Cottbus from 2005 to 2013 and lecturer at the HTW Berlin from 2017 to 2019. Since 2020 she holds the chair for Architectural Conception and Design at the University of Applied Sciences Erfurt. In addition to her own work and teaching activities, she has worked for many years as a preliminary examiner and juror in the competitions sector.


Vice-Chancellor, ISCT - UL

Bernardo Pizarro Miranda studied architecture at the Faculty of Architecture of the Technical University of Lisbon (1987). He has been a professor on the Architecture course at ISCTE-IUL since 2001, teaching in the scientific areas of design and technologies. He defended his doctoral thesis in 2014 at the Faculty of Architecture of the University of Porto. He was Pro-Rector of ISCTE-IUL from 2018 to 2020 and has been Vice-Rector of ISCTE-IUL since 2020. His work over the last five years has included the projects for the ISCTE-IUL Knowledge and Technology Transfer Center (Building 4) in Lisbon and the future ISCTE-IUL School of Applied Digital Technologies in Sintra.


Professor, Lusíada University of Lisbon

With a PhD in Architecture, he has thirty-two years' teaching experience in architecture design. During these years he has accumulated responsibility for teaching classes and preparing exercises. Since 2010 he has been supervising Master's dissertations and serving on juries as an examiner. At the same time as teaching, he works as an architect with accumulated professional experience in architecture - new construction and refurbishment - and town planning. His work has been published and awarded prizes, including the Loulé Municipal Architecture Prize (2009) and the Korrodi Prize (Leiria) in 2008 (1st prize) and 2010 (honourable mention). He lives and works in Lisbon.


Architect, member of the Algarve Regional Disciplinary Council of OA

Renato Cintra was born in Lagos on 4 March 1973. He studied architecture at ISMAG in Portimão and graduated in 2001. During his studies, he worked as a civil construction draughtsman in various architectural offices to further his knowledge. In addition, he was a sailing teacher/coach for young people in various sailing clubs in the Algarve. began his professional career as an architect, working for around five years in the studio of architect Victor Lourenço in Portimão, with whom he co-authored various projects, ending this partnership in 2005.

Returned to Lagos and founded his own studio, where he has worked on various projects, from the design of new buildings to refurbishment. Since 2006, the Renato Cintra Arquitectos studio has made a name for itself, dedicating itself to architecture, coordinating and supervising building work and, more recently, interior design. As well as single-family homes, it has designed hotels, sports facilities, commercial establishments and warehouses, allotments, among others. He is currently an alternate member of the Regional Disciplinary Board of the Algarve Chapter of the Portuguese Architects' Association.


Architect [João Marques e arquitetos associados Lda.]

João Ramos Marques is an architect, with a degree taken in the Faculty of Architecture of the Technical University of Lisbon in 1988. He has worked as an architect since that date, combining professional design practice with academic activity. He has been an assistant professor in the Faculty of Architecture and Arts of University Lusíada of Lisbon, from 1989 to 2015. He was a researcher in CITAD – Design, Architecture and Territory Investigation Centre of University Lusíada of Lisbon. He has been designated to represent the Portuguese Association of Architects in the jury of several public competitions and he was nominated Traineeship Adviser between 2006 and 2011.He was the curator of the Architecture and Music Meetings, integrated in the Triennial of Architecture of Lisbon, 2007.

He was founder, in 1992, of João Marques e arquitectos associados, Lda, of which he is the managing partner, coordinator, project manager and architect in the generality of the projects developed, of which the following stand out the headquarters building of the Centro Distrital de Segurança Social de Bragança. Between 2009 and 2014, he collaborated with the companies Opera Design Matters (Lisbon + Luanda) and Snohetta (Oslo) as project leader in several international projects. He collaborated between 2015 and 2023 with the architect Carrilho da Graça, as interim coordinator on several projects, of which the following stand out: new building of the Instituto Superior de Contabilidade e Administração de Lisboa, expansion of the Escola Alemã de Lisboa, new headquarters building II of EDP in Lisbon (authored by Alejandro Aravena, Chile).