CAS Studio

CAS (collective for sustainable architecture) is a multidisciplinary studio founded by architects Alina Jerónimo and Paulo Carneiro, that follows a working strategy towards sustainability: a balance of social, cultural, environmental and economic factors in the design process.

Our vision:

Is to improve the well-being of people and communities, creating healthier buildings and cities in balance with natural environment.

Our mission:

Is to design and build with environmentally friendly materials recovering and improving ancient craft-works and technologies, adapting them to our time comfort requirements and relating people and environment in an integral system.

We are:

– Searching continuously for new ways of connecting humans with natural environment through matter and space, art and science: architecture.
– Developing sustainable technologies with natural/bio-based materials in partnership with universities.
– Designing from the small screw to the city scale in an integral system that connects every element in a living organism.
– Rehabilitating historical buildings with ecological technologies upgrading ancient knowledge to contemporary comfort demanding.
– Imagining new buildings that can contribute to a new construction paradigm shift.
– Building utilitarian objects made of natural and non toxic, low carbon footprint materials.
– Using workshops, expositions and lectures to reach new people with the same interests.

Founders

Alina Jerónimo

She was born in Lisbon and finished her studies in Lusíada University. She began her professional career studying “Post-Pombalino” technologies where she became passionate about the wattle and daub techniques and anti-seismic structures.
In Barcelona she worked in different studios such as Ramon Sanabria, Arturo Frediani, Josep Mias and AldayJover.
During this time she began a research and strong interest in sustainable architecture and mostly in earth architecture and ecological materials.
In 2010 she entered in the post-master “Earth Architecture – Constructive Cultures and Sustainable Development” in CRATerre Institute, France.
In 2011 moved to Mozambique to design and build with Paulo Carneiro and Architecture for Humanity, a community centre for 3000 children in the town of Manica. This was made with local materials such as earth, wood and bamboo and train 40 people from the local community, integrated later in the construction phase.

Paulo Carneiro

He was born in Barcelos, a city with a historical tradition in clay crafts. He is graduated by the Porto Faculty of Architecture (FAUP) with a thesis about “the organic in architecture”. He started his professional experience in Barcelona, where he worked several years in the following architecture studios: Enric Miralles / Benedetta Tagliabue (EMBT), Ramón Sanabria and Alfredo Arribas.
During this time in Barcelona he began a research in sustainable architecture in partnership with Alina Jerónimo. He has a post master degree in “Earth Architecture – Constructive Cultures and Sustainable Development” in CRAterre Institute, France.

In the last years among different projects, he collaborated with Alina Jerónimo and Architecture for Humanity, in the project of designing and building a community centre in Mozambique, improving local construction knowledge with earth technologies through technical training of the local community.

His main interest is the relation between architecture and natural environment.

Collaborators

Ana Martins

Ana Martins or Aheneah is a freelance artist and graphic designer who is constantly jumping between the digital and analog world, collaborating with different projects. She has been mainly interested in exploring traditional textile techniques and materials, decontextualizing and transforming them into modern graphics.
In 2017 she has finished her degree in Graphic and Multimedia design at Escola Superior de Artes e Design in Caldas da Rainha (Portugal). She has already worked for the Theater Paralelo 20, ceramist Umbelina de Barros, Parish Council of Caldas da Rainha and also collaborated with Circus Network Gallery; Mistaker Maker; Generator. More recently she has developed an installation for the Estau, Street Art festival in Estarreja.

Among other collaborations with CAS Studio she is the responsible by the studio’s new graphic identity.

cargocollective.com/aheneah; instagram.com/aheneah.

Beatriz Teixeira

She is graduated in Biblioeconomy by the University of São Paulo (USP) and has a post graduation in Tendencies and Communication by the University of Lisbon.
Her career developed around the research of the user and innovation. She worked in companies such as UOL, Box1824, Pearson, IBOPE, Itaú and Accenture.
During her post graduation in Lisbon she elaborated a project to identify the tendencies and creative signs of Marvilla district in Lisbon. This project included interviews to the residents and creatives of the neighbourhood and the creation of a workshop with stakeholders.

She is the responsible by the CAS Studio communication strategy and the studio’s DNA expression.

Pedro Ferreira

He has been an independent contractor on IT and Automation Solutions since 2012, in search for great challenges and new work experiences. He followed Systems and Computers Engineering programming option.

When he was 14 his hero was Thomas Edison and no electrical device around the house would remain unexplored for long. For him BASIC programming language manuals are read like novels.
He worked for 10 years as a project manager and team leader in an international company and now currently lives in Grenoble. His main interests are the Internet of Things, Artificial Intelligence and Cognitive Science.

He collaborates with CAS Studio in the development of devices and smart technologies that complement sustainable architecture.

Will Acker

William is an environmental engineer specialized in waste management, sanitation and agriculture and he is very passionate about soil.
At the present moment he works at the Haller Foundation (www.haller.org.uk) and he developed works for Bill and Melissa Gates Foundation, DfID, European Union, World Bank and United Nations.

Together with CAS Studio he built the bio-composter located in the Faculty of Sciences of the University of Lisbon.

José F.Costa

He is an anthropologist of images. He uses photography as a tool to study people, architecture and landscape. Constantly seeking for meaning and knowledge, he studied photography at IADE University in Lisbon.
He believes in photography as an art form and he’s aware of its ruthless reality.
Especially interested in portraiture, landscape as a place, documentary photography and architecture, he wants to take it to a pure essence. His main inspirations are the Dutch and Flemish Renaissance painters.

He collaborates with CAS Studio catching their process of work and the details of the built space.

josefcosta.com

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