The office bases its practice in the attention, reflection and response. The  response is sustained by the realism, because it is naturally critical; it is tolerant because it is creative; it is corageous and hard because it operates on the limits. The practice is committed with time and space, interrogation, inclusion and doubt.

NOARQ is the name of a willingness of doing and thinking by hands. Since 1998, the studio evolved into an area of research, creation and production by drawing: for the land, architecture and everyday objects. 

Today it is located in Trofa, but it still mantains its roots in Porto.

noarq, Siza, Souto Moura


José Carlos Nunes de Oliveira (V.N. Famalicão, 1973) is a Portuguese architect.

He graduated in 1998 from ESAP, under the guidance of Architect Nuno Mateus (ARX Portugal, Lisbon). In 1996 he built his first project, a house, and started his professional activity. Between 1998 and 2000 he worked with architect Paulo Costa and collaborated with architect Jorge Teixeira de Sousa.

He is a member of Álvaro Siza Vieira's team since 2000, being responsible for different projects and works, part of them in collaboration with Eduardo Souto Moura.

In 2001 he officially founded his office in Porto, NOARQ. In parallel with his collaboration with the architect Siza and his activity, in 2003, together with his parents, he founded, an interior design store and designer pieces.

In the same year, José Carlos obtained the Advanced Studies Diploma in the PhD course at the University of Valladolid. Due to the intense project activity, in 2002 he interrupted his doctoral thesis.

He is Visiting Professor at the Master en Arquitectura y Diseño (MArch), at the Universidade Europeia de Valência, since 2015 and frequently invited to conferences, workshops and architecture exhibitions at several national and international universities and institutions, including the Bienal Internacional de Arquitectura de Buenos Aires 2019.

Currently more dedicated to his author activity, he focuses his research on landscape design, architecture and everyday objects.

His work has been widely published in several specialized magazines and press in Portugal and abroad.


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André Oliveira

He was born in 1988 in Santa Maria da Feira, Portugal. He holds a master's degree in Architecture from ESAP, Escola Superior Artística do Porto, 2013.
He has been working at NOARQ studio since 2013.

Joana Leite Pinto

She was born in 1985 in Trofa. She holds a Bachelor's degree in Architecture from the Universidade do Minho in 2008. She collaborated with the atelier from 2008 to 2017.
She is currently working as external associate at NOARQ studio since 2018.

Gaia Ferraris

She was born in Milan in 1989. She holds a Master's degree in Sustainable Architecture from Politecnico di Milano and a Bilateral Master Thesis with FAU, Federal University of Rio de Janeiro. 
She has been working  at NOARQ studio since 2016.

Sara Bitossi   

She was born in Empoli in 1989. She holds a Master's degree in Architecture from the Universitá degli Studi di Firenze, 2015.
She has been working at NOARQ studio since 2017.

Giulia Furlotti

She was born in 1990 in Parma. She holds a Bachelor's degree in Architecture from the Universitá degli Studi di Parma and a Master's degree from FAUP, Faculdade de Arquitectura da Universidade do Porto, 2017.  

She has been working at NOARQ studio since 2018.

Bruno Ferreira

He was born in 1999 in Santo Tirso. He holds a Bachelor's degree in Accounting from ISCAP, Instituto Superior de Contabilidade e Administração do Porto.

He has been working at NOARQ studio since 2021.


Daniela Amorim (PT), 2020 - ...

Manuel Lopez (AR), 2020 - ...

Florencia Ruiz (AR), 2020 - ...


Loredana de Falco (IT), 2019-2021

Pedro Vieira (PT), 2020

Margareth Araújo (BR), 2020

Julia Hegymegi (HU), 2020

Stefano Lenzi (IT), 2020

Laura Conde (PT), 2019

Ricardo Leal Lamas (PT), 2019

Alfonso Alvarez (MEX), 2019

Caterina Debidda (IT), 2019
Sofia Toni (IT), 2019

Mirna Mukulic (HR), 2018-2019

Kutluhan Tuzun (TR), 2019

Cemre Çoruhlu (TR), 2019

Roberto Vale (PT), 2019

Clarissa Serri (IT), 2019

João Quintas (PT), 2017-2019

Gloria Herranz (ES), 2018-2019

Sruthy Lakkimsetty (IND), 2018-2019

Virginia Moya (ES), 2018

Juliana Costa (PT), 2013-2018

Marta Costa (PT), 2018

Bruna Franciscatto (BR), 2017

Juliana Sampaio (PT), 2015-2017

Raul Penteado Neto (BR), 2016

José Fernandes (PT), 2016

Daniel Veludo (PT), 2016

Kristine Balta (LV), 2016

Luis Lima (PT), 2014-2016

Daniel Viana (PT), 2014

Claudia Benitez (ES), 2014

Gonçalo Ferreira (PT), 2009-2013

Lucía Hernández (ES), 2013

Gonçalo Henriques (ES), 2013

David Ferraz (PT), 2012-2013

Dorotea Ottaviani (IT), 2012

Mariachiara Meneghini (IT), 2012

Miguel Acalante (PT), 2011-2012

Samantha Amoroso (FR), 2011

Maria Busolini (IT), 2010-2011

Ana Martins (PT), 2011

Sara Brysch (PT), 2009-2010

José Calvet (PT), 2009-2010

Marcelo Morim (PT), 2009-2010

Diana Fernandes (PT), 2008-2010

João Pontes (PT), 2009

Valentina Esposito (IT), 2008

Renata Santos (PT), 2008-2009

Txema Ballester (ES), 2007-2008

Jorge Vieira (PT), 2001-2008

Ana Coelho (PT), 2007-2008

Marlene Maciel (PT), 2006-2007

Pablo Rebelo (PT), 2006-2007

Rui Cardoso (PT), 2004-2007

Artur Fernandes (PT), 1996-2006

Francisco Guedes (PT), 2000-2006

Marta Oliveira (PT), 2004-2005

Paulo Costa (PT), 1997-2004

Atsushi Ueno (JP), 2004

Cecilia Alemagna (IT), 2002