MA Dip Arch (Hons), ARB
Prior to joining vPPR, Paula led Studio Lisboeta and worked as an architect with several design-led practices in London including Stanton Williams, Hawkins Brown and Dixon Jones. She studied interior design, followed by her architectural degree in Lisbon where she lived before moving to London in 2006. Her work has always been developed across a diverse range of sectors and scales including cultural, residential, leisure, education, residential and infrastructure.
As project architect at Stanton Williams, she managed complex projects in highly sensitive urban contexts such as a new house in the heart of a Hampstead conservation area for a private client and The Lighterman bar and restaurant in Granary Square, King’s Cross creative quarter for the property developer Argent. During her eight years with the practice, she also worked on Eton Manor / Lee Valley Hockey and Tennis Centre in the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in London for the Olympic Games 2012; the £48.8M Musée d’Art à Nantes in France, awarded with the 2018 RIBA Award for International Excellence and the £82M plant science research centre Sainsbury Laboratory at Cambridge University which in 2012 won the UK’s most prestigious architectural award, the Stirling Prize.
During her time at Hawkins Brown, Paula worked as a senior architect on the £600M Crossrail 1 Elizabeth line’s Bond Street Station infrastructure project, during the implementation of the design developed by John McAslan + Partners.
At Dixon Jones, Paula was involved on the design of the new shared surface for the Exhibition Road in South Kensington, London, home to many of Britain’s great art and science institutions. She also worked on the tender stage for the Saïd Business School II in Oxford.
Paula has over 18 years experience of working in architectural practice.