Micro interviews series – Joana Couto


This is the first in a series of interviews in micro format. We launched 4 questions to architects, clients, partners, friends to know them a little better. 

The first “victim”, is Joana Couto, Architect, from Leiria, Portugal.

Joana is a founding partner of Arquitectura Viva, in Leiria, which she launched with partner Rui Pedro Simões in 2018. She graduated in architecture from the Architecture Department of the Faculty of Science and Technology of the University of Coimbra in 2008, passed the Università Degli Studi di Firenze in 2006 and collaborated with Rita Cordeiro Arquitectos from 2009 to 2012 and RC Architecte SARL from 2012 to 2015.

Joana in 4 questions and answers:

1- A project that you have enjoyed working on

Eco Sustainable Residences, Serra dos Mangues 

2- An Architect/ artist who has influenced your way of working and seeing the world

Raúl Hestnes Ferreira

3- Prefer working from home or in the office?

After what we lived between March and June 2020, office!

4- Music and/or book of the moment

Porto Brutalista, by Pedro Baia and Magda Seifert