The connection of the Morais Soares family to architecture began with Mário Cândido de Morais Soares, who graduated in 1933 from the architecture courseat the Escola Superior de Belas Artes do Porto.
Together with two coursemates, they founded ARS – Arquitectos a precursor of Portuguese Modernism, with works such as Bom Sucesso market, Matosinhos Market, Palácio Atlântico and Praça D. João I, Fábrica Oliva, among others. After the dissolution of ARS – Arquitectos, in 1954, Mários Morais Soares works as an independent architect.
Vasco Morais Soares, graduated in architecture from the Escola Superior de Belas Artes do Porto in 1971. Between 1971 and 1975, he worked at Luanda Public Works Office, where he developed Architecture and Urbanism projects. Returning to Portugal, he continued as a liberal professional in the office of his father, who has since passed away.
Between 1975 and 2000, he took on managerial roles at the Associação de Arquitectos Portugueses.
WIth the third generation of architects, Raquel, Gonçalo and Duarte Morais Soares, created the Morais Soares Arquitectos office was formed in 2002, where projects are developed together, but also independently, always with a great exchange of opinions. Not necessarily submitting to the prevailing currents, projects are designed on a case-by-case basis, taking into account the surroundings, programmes, clients, respect for heritage.
Urbanism and architecture projects are developed (recovery and new construction) in the most diverse areas: housing, hotels, restaurants, educational establishments, industry, sports facilities, wine cellars, religious facilities, etc.