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Architect Manuel Graça Dias, always inspiring



The legacy of Manuel Graça Dias is extraordinary. Recently he left us, but his activity remains central within our cultural scene. Revisiting his buildings; reading his books, magazines, articles, and essays; listening his interviews, talks, television and radio programs… will always be inspiring.


Extremely creative, intelligent, knowledgeable, nonconformist, generous… Graça Dias embraced the practice, teaching, research and critics of architecture and he played a leading role in promoting Portuguese architecture as well as in opinion making.


His legacy will continue to trigger one’s curiosity and passion about architecture, Lisbon and cities in general; challenging the status quo, inspiring new lines of thought, proposing critical reflections around the state of affairs and the future.


Manuel Graça Dias was born in Lisbon (1953), graduated in architecture at ESBAL in 1977, and founded, in 1990, together with the architect Egas José Vieira, the Lisbon based architecture office Contemporânea.


Photo above: Sede da Ordem dos Arquitectos - SRS / Order of Portuguese Architects, Headquarters in Lisbon

Architecture: Manuel Graça Dias + Egas José Viegas | Contemporânea architecture office, 1991-94


Photo below: Municipal Theatre Joaquim Benite, in Almada (Teatro Azul / Blue Theater)

Architecture: Manuel Graça Dias + Egas José Viegas | Contemporânea architecture office, 1998-2004.

Read more about the project on our blog: Teatro Azul, an urban landmark

Post and photo credits: Lisboa Architecture Walks & Trips



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