CAAA /about us

Ricardo Bastos Areias – Director CAAA, Architect /

Was born in Porto, Portugal in 1976. Graduated in architecture from FAUP, School of Architecture from the University of Porto in 2004. Was granted a scholarship from the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation and the Luso-American Foundation for the Development to attend the Master of Science in Advanced Architectural Design at the GSAPP, Columbia University in New York, in 2006, where has been invited critic and assistant for the masters’ studio course until 2009. Participated in diverse exhibitions of his studio and photographic work, namely the U.N. United Nations headquarters in New York and Columbia University, in which was GSAPP Photography studio director. Collaborated with several architecture studios in Portugal and New York since 2002 until 2009. In 2005 founded NAAA – Neiva e Areias Associated Architects, a design practice providing services in the areas of consulting, architecture, urban planning and interiors, with Maria Luís Neiva. Co-founder and Director of CAAA Center for Art and Architecture Affairs and PHD Candidate at FBAUP, School of Fine Arts from the University of Porto.

Maria Luís Neiva – Architect

Maria Luís Neiva has a degree in Architecture, from the Escola Superior Artística do Porto (2002), a Master in Artistic Studies – Museology and Curatorship, Faculty of Fine Arts of the University of Porto, with the exhibition project Adolf Loos: Our Contemporary, About the exhibition at CAAA (2013) and Postgraduate in the MA Cultural Astronomy and Astrology program, University of Wales Trinity Saint David, with emphasis on the investigation The Sauna of Citânia de Briteiros: A Skyscape Study ( 2020).

She started her practice as an architect in Porto in 2002, having worked in New York between 2006 and 2009. In Guimarães, she co-founded the CAAA Center for Art and Architectural Affairs in 2010, where she has since performed the functions of programmer, curator and producer in the areas of art and architecture, simultaneously with the practice of architecture and research in the area of Archaeoastronomy.

Eduardo Brito – Photographer /

Eduardo Brito (Guimarães, 1977) works as project coordinator of a documental photography programme for the Cinema area of Guimarães 2012, European Capital of Culture. He is currently attending a master’s degree in Artistic Studies – Museology and Curatorial studies – at the Faculty of Fine Arts of Porto University. Graduated in Law from Coimbra University, where he also studied Film History and Aesthetics at the University’s Faculty of Humanities. Between 2007 and 2009, he did the photographic work of Minho, Traços de Identidade, comissioned by the Minho University. In 2009, directed the short film Antropia. Author of the photographic series Terras Últimas (2010), released by and exhibited at Vila Flor Cultural Centre, Guimarães. At the Photography Department of Guimarães’ Cineclub, of which he was a co-founder, Eduardo teaches black and white photography since 2003. Worked as a journalist and photographer for the university newspaper and, between 2000 to 2008, as a broadcaster at coimbra university radio. In 2010 Eduardo travelled across the USA as a scholar for the German Marshall Fund for the United States.

Joana Gama – Pianist /

Joana Gama (Braga, 1983). Started her studies at Calouste Gulbenkian Music Conservatory, studied at the Royal Academy of Music in London and, in 2005, she finished her degree in Piano at the Lisbon Music Conservatory. In 2010 Joana finished her Masters in Interpretation at Évora University, where she is now enrolled at the doctoral program where she will work on Portuguese Contemporary Music for piano. Joana is specially interested in XX and XXI century repertoire and since 2010, she has been collaborating with Sond’Ar-te Electric Ensemble. In 2008 she won the first prize in the piano category of Young Musicians Prize/Portuguese Classical Radio (Antena 2). Her interest in multidisciplinary projects led her to participate on the creation and interpretation of the soundtrack of Antropia, a documentary by Eduardo Brito, Benny Hall, a theatro project with actors Paulo Lima and Ricardo Vaz trindade (with whom she founded the Esticalimogama company) and Danza Ricercata, a collaboration with choreographer Tânia Carvalho, with whom she will work in 2012 on a new creation. She is co-founder of CAAA Center for Art and Architecture Affairs.

Rodrigo Areias – Film-makerLicenciatura em Som e Imagem, na Escola das Artes – Universidade Católica Portuguesa. Especialização de Imagem. (1998 – 2003) Curso de Especialização em Realização Cinematográfica na Tisch School of Arts na Universidade de Nova Iorque. Rodrigo Areias tem desenvolvido ao longo da sua carreira, trabalhos criativos na área de cinema de autor, alternando com outros trabalhos em domínios de video-arte e vídeo clips para alguns dos melhores nomes da cena rock nacional (The Legendary Tiger Man, Wray Gunn, D3o, etc.) e diversos outros projectos. Recentemente tem vindo a colaborar com artistas e produções estrangeiras, destacando-se projectos para o Ministério da Juventude e Desporto Francês e Channel 4 inglês. Terminou a sua 1.ª longa-metragem – “Tebas”.

Carlos Lobo – Photographer /

Recent solo exhibitions include: Far Far East, MCO Contemporary Art Gallery, Porto (2010) The sonic booms, MCO,Gallery ,Porto (April, 2008) Unknown Landscapes, KGaleria, Lisboa (November, 2007), Unknown Landscapes, MCO Gallery, Porto (October, 2007), Imaginary Film Sets, Solar, Cinematic Art Gallery in Vila do Conde (May, 2007). Winner of BES revelation prize 2005, Carlos Lobo was one of the nominees for the BES Photo Award 2011. His works can be found on the following collections: PLMJ Foundation; BES Art Collection; Instituto Politécnico do Porto;Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation; National Photography Collection deposited at CPF; Ilídio Pinho Foundation; AIP Collection. In 2008, Lobo released his first monograph, Unknown Landscapes. The book was published by Chromma, a publisher he founded and worked as editor until 2010. The following year, Carlos released the monograph Far Far East: a bridge, published by LEBOP, a publishing house he started in 2011. Forthcoming is also a new monograph entitled The Sonic Booms, also by LEBOP.

Maria Margarida – Graphic Designer /

Maria Margarida was born in Porto, Portugal, in 1982.
Currently living in London and working at OpenTable as the UK Lead Communication Designer, working closely with the Marketing team and providing visual solutions for their communications. On November 2016 she attended the UX Design course at the General Assembly, and is now also collaborating with the Consumer Web team as a Junior UX Designer.
Before joining OpenTable Maria worked 3.5 years at Warm&Fuzzy, a design studio with offices in Derby and London, working across multiple projects (print and digital) and dealing with a wide range of clients and industries. Prior to this role, she worked as a freelance graphic designer for Guimarães European Capital of Culture 2012, producing a wide range of materials, from print to digital.

Luís Ribeiro – Artist /

João Carvalho – Designer

João Manuel Guimarães de Carvalho nasceu em Guimarães em 1978. É licenciado em Design de Comunicação da Escola Superior de Arte e Design em Matosinhos. A sua formação inclui, também, a realização do curso técnico profissional de Artes Gráficas da Escola Profissional de Ofícios Artísticos de Vila Nova de Cerveira e a frequência do curso de Artes Gráficas do Instituto Politécnico de Tomar. Trabalha como designer na Errelabels.

Gustavo Cunha Ribeiro – Lawyer /

Consultores associados: Yehuda E. Safran