In 2012 Thiago resumed his independent career and founded Bernardes Arquitetura with Nuno Costa Nunes, Marcia Santoro, Camila Tariki and Dante Furlan.
With headquarters in Rio de Janeiro, São Paulo and Lisbon, Bernardes Arquitetura operates within Brazil and internationally. Our expertise lies in residential and commercial architecture and interior design, including hotels, condominiums, leisure and entertainment establishments, as well as master planning and urban planning. Our multidisciplinary team is composed of 60 skilled professionals with the common philosophy of team work to achieve excellence and efficiency in every project.
“The success of our studio has been possible solely by our supportive and fully integrated team.”
Over his 20 years of experience, Thiago has created his own architectural identity without leaving behind the influence of his father, Claudio Bernardes and his grandfather Sergio Bernardes - both two icons of Brazilian architecture. His training came about gradually, on a day-to-day basis. Visiting the studio and buildings with his father, he learned how to really observe and understand what you see. His grandfather, whose office felt like a playground to him, set him challenges which were to refine his skills of perception. Back in the 2500 m2 offices of Sergio Bernardes Associates in Barra da Tijuca, Rio, Thiago grew up alongside countless massive scale models of urban projects. He recalls that the sight of them brought magic to his childhood world. The effect of the premises and those scale models helped him to construct a concept of space with multiple possibilities, which now forms part of his architectural vocabulary. Thiago was enriched by the knowledge of both men, whose absence has made him to take on responsibilities which would make him grow up prematurely. Although his choice of profession was not forced on him, but quite the opposite, Thiago decided at 17 to start creating his own projects, still in his father’s office. At 19, he was set off on his own path and, in 1994, opened his first office with his friend Miguel Pinto Guimarães. Following Claudio’s untimely death in 2001, Thiago stepped into his father’s position in the company as partner and throughout the following ten years built on the success story of the office, which was named Bernardes & Jacobsen Architecture. In 2011, Thiago decided to resume his initial career path and, along with Camila Tariki, Marcia Santoro and Nuno Costa Nunes, has founded Bernardes Architecture.
Nuno Costa Nunes
Nuno’s previous experience working for large companies such as Cofix Constructions, Xerox of Brazil, Telemar/Oi, Accor Brazil (Hotels) have been essential over the last ten years as the general manager of Bernardes Jacobsen Arquitetura. As a partner, he is now responsible for the business and financial management at Bernardes Architecture. He currently lectures for the Postgraduate course for Architecture and Interior Design Offices at the renowned FGV Business School.
Marcia has been part of the Bernardes architectural history from the early days. Trained architect and urban planner from the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, she worked as coordinator of Interior Architecture at Claudio Bernardes & Jacobsen for four years and, with Thiago Bernardes, at Bernardes & Jacobsen Architecture for thirteen years. She credits her role in creating Bernardes Arquitetura in 2011, to the professional and human experience gained throughout those seventeen years. Prior to starting on her career path in the Bernardes offices, she had worked with Luis Paulo Conde and Coutinho, Diegues & Cordeiro.
After receiving her architectural degree in São Paulo in 2001, Camila moved to New York to specialize in interior design at Parsons School of Design. Shortly after, she started working at the award winning Karim Rashid Studio where she remained for ten years. As the Interior Architecture Director, she worked in the concept and management of over 80 projects in 28 countries, such as hotels, restaurants, shops, museums and art exhibitions which includes the Karim Rashid exhibition at the Instituto Tomie Ohtake in 2008. After living in New York for eleven years, Camila returned to Brazil in 2012 to join the Bernardes Arquitetura team.
Arquiteto e Urbanista, formado pelo Centro Universitário Belas Artes de São Paulo com Pós-graduação na Faculdade de Arquitetura e Urbanismo da Universidade de São Paulo FAU/USP, é o mais novo sócio do escritório onde, desde sua criação, coordena equipes de projetos. Atuou nos escritórios FGMF e Euclides Oliveira onde participou e venceu diversos concursos de Arquitetura, dos quais destacamos o Concurso Nacional de Urbanismo – Bairro Novo – SP, em 2004.
Prêmio Ebramem/WWF de Arquitetura em Madeira:
Menção Honrosa com o projeto da Capela Joá.
II Prêmio ASBEA/RJ:
Vencedor na categoria "Residências Unifamiliares" com a Casa Terra.
Architizer A+Award 2015:
Vencedor do prêmio do júri nas categorias "Private Houses XL" e "Religious Building & Memorials" com a Casa Delta e a Capela Joá, respectivamente.
Architizer A+Award 2014:
Public Choice Winner na categoria "Cultural: Museums" com o MAR - Museu de Arte do Rio.
Concurso para o Pavilhão Brasil Expo Milão 2015:
I Prêmio ASBEA/RJ:
Vencedor na categoria "Residências Unifamiliares" com a Casa Delta. Menção Honrosa nas categorias "Edifícios Institucionais", "Hotelaria" e "Interiores" com os projetos Cidade do Cinema, Hotel Jose Ignacio e Gurumê, respectivamente.
7º Prêmio O Melhor da Arquitetura, Revista Arquitetura & Construção, Editora Abril:
Vencedor na categoria "Casa de Campo" com a Casa GCP.
Prêmio Casa Claudia Design de Interiores 2014:
Vencedor na categoria "Loja" com o projeto da Loja Celso Kamura.
5º Prêmio O Melhor da Arquitetura, Revista Arquitetura & Construção, Editora Abril:
Vencedor na categoria "Casa na Serra" com o projeto da Casa Ponte.
47ª Premiação Anual do IAB-RJ:
Vencedor na categoria "Edificações" com a Casa FN e na categoria "Arquitetura de Interiores e Design" com o projeto para a Agência MPM.
8ª Bienal Internacional de Arquitetura de São Paulo:
3º lugar na categoria "Projetos" com a proposta para Vale - Edifício Sede Multinacional.