A story that spans three generations, with more than a thousand projects
Bernardes Architecture is fruit of a story that spans generations. It is a space created in 2012 by Thiago Bernardes with the objective of deepening his authorship, developing new research and creating partnerships. Four other partners integrate the office in its current format, in addition to Thiago: Nuno Costa Nunes, Márcia Santoro, Camila Tariki and Dante Furlan.
The office develops projects that cater for a variety of programs and building scales, as it has specialized teams that complement each other though multidisciplinary architectural production.
The team consists of about 70 professionals who are split between offices in Rio de Janeiro, São Paulo and Lisbon, and work in the areas of architecture, urban planning and interior design fully integrated and in a space of freedom and complementarity.
“The success of the office is only possible thanks to our supportive and fully integrated team”.
Born in Rio de Janeiro in 1974 to a family of architects, his grandfather, Sergio Bernardes, one of the masters of Brazilian Modern architecture, made history in the 50s and 60s. His father, Claudio Bernardes, is the author of an original and distinctive residential style, where the primitive elements of Brazilian culture are inserted to create a contemporary context. His experience in architecture started in the family, in his father’s office, who encouraged him to open his own practice at the age of nineteen. Today, with over twenty years of experience, Thiago Bernardes has created over the years his own identity without abandoning the influence of his father and his grandfather.
Nuno Costa Nunes
Nuno Costa Nunes’ previous experience working for large companies, such as: Cofix Constructions, Xerox of Brazil, Telemar/Oi, and Accor Brazil (Hotels), has been essential over the last ten years in the role of 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 Graduate Program for Architecture and Interior Design Offices at the renowned FGV Business School.
Marcia Santoro has been part of the Bernardes architectural history from the early days. Trained architect and urban planner at the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, she worked as Project Director of Interior Architecture at Bernardes & Jacobsen for four years and, with Thiago Bernardes later 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 include the Karim Rashid exhibition at the Tomie Ohtake Institute, in 2008. After living in New York for eleven years, Camila returned to Brazil in 2012 to join Bernardes Arquitetura.
Dante Furlan is an architect and urban planner educated in the Center of Fine Arts of São Paulo, with a master’s degree in architecture from the School of Architecture and Urbanism at the University of São Paulo FAU / USP, and is the most recent partner of the office, where, since its inception, coordinated design teams. He worked in FGMF offices and Euclides Oliveira, where he participated and won several architecture competitions, of which we highlight the National Urban Design Competition “Bairro Novo” in 2004.
World Architecture Festival 2019:
Finalist in the “Completed Buildings: Villa” category with the houses Asa and Pipa, and in the “Future Project: Masterplanning” category with the project Masterplan Paraty.
Architizer A+ Awards 2019:
Popular Choice Winner in the “Concepts Plus – Architecture + Prefab” category, with the project Pipa House.
Dezeen Awards 2019:
Finalist in the “Rural House” category, with the project Asa House.
16th Venice Architecture Biennale:
Selected for the exhibition Walls of Air, at the Brazilian Pavillion, with the project for the Brincante Institute.
Young Architects of Latin America:
Honorable Mention and selected for the exhibition at the 16th Venice Architecture Biennale and book, with the project Peninsula House.
Architizer A+ Awards 2018:
Winner in the "Private House XL" category, with the project Peninsula House; Honorable Mention in the categories "Unbuilt - Private House" and "Unbuilt - Office Building Mid-Rise", with the projects Membeca Águas and Edifício Vila Nova Conceição respectively; and Finalist in the category "Apartments" with project HGB Apt.
World Architecture Festival 2018:
Finalist with the project Peninsula House.
Global Architecture & Design Awards 2018:
Winner in the "Private Residence" category, with the project Peninsula House and 2nd place in the "Mixed Use" category, with the project Fasano Angra Hotel.
World Architecture Festival 2017:
Finalist in the "Villa - Completed Buildings" category, with the project Triangulo House.
Prêmio Ebramem/WWF de Arquitetura em Madeira:
Honorable Mention with the project for the Joa Chapel.
Prêmio Casa Claudia Design de Interiores 2015:
Finalist in the “Restaurante” category, being elected “popular favorite” at the public choice, with the project Gurumê.
Architizer A+Award 2015:
Awarded by the Jury in the "Private Houses XL" category, and "Religious Building & Memorials" category with Delta House and Joa Chapel, respectively.
II Prêmio ASBEA/RJ:
Winner in the "Residências Unifamiliares" category, with Terra House, and Honorable Mention in the "Edifícios de Serviço" category, with the project Anibal Building.
Restaurant and Bar Design Awards:
Finalist in the "Surface Interior" category, with the project Gurumê.
Architizer A+Award 2014:
Public Choice Winner in the "Cultural: Museums" category, with the project MAR - Museu de Arte do Rio.
Brazilian Pavillion at the Expo Milan 2015 Competition:
I Prêmio ASBEA/RJ:
Winner in the "Residências Unifamiliares" category, with Delta House. Honorable Mention in the "Edifícios Institucionais", "Hotelaria" and "Interiores" categories, with the projects Cidade do Cinema, Jose Ignacio Hotel and Gurumê, respectively.
7º Prêmio O Melhor da Arquitetura, Revista Arquitetura & Construção, Editora Abril:
Winner in the "Casa de Campo" category, with the project GCP House.
Prêmio Casa Claudia Design de Interiores 2014:
Winner in the "Loja" category, with the project Celso Kamura Store.
5th Prêmio O Melhor da Arquitetura, Revista Arquitetura & Construção, Editora Abril:
Winner in the "Casa na Serra" category, with the project Ponte House.
8th International Architecture Biennale of São Paulo:
3rd place in the "Projects" category, with the project for Vale - Multinational Headquarters Building.
47ª Premiação Anual IAB-RJ:
Winner in the "Edificações" category, with FN House, and in the "Arquitetura de Interiores e Design" category, with the project for the MPM Agency.