Urban Practice is a Macau based research lead practice founded by Nuno Soares to operate on the contemporary city in the fields of architecture, urban planning and design. The projects developed at Urban Practice encompass different scales and themes, from buildings of various sizes and nature, to public space, urban plans, installations and exhibitions, furniture and product design.
Immersed on the urban context, Urban Practice has the city as its inspiration, embracing its problems and conditions as opportunities to discover innovative solutions that can shape the future urban environment.
The practice thrives in a collaborative atmosphere that promotes a constant creative interaction between the team, the clients, and the associate companies, individuals and institutions. The results are concept-oriented projects, devised as a contribution for the construction of the contemporary city.
Urban Practice created the winning design for the competition of the Macau Pavilion at the 2013 and 2015 SZHK Bi-city Biennales of Urbanism/Architecture (Shenzhen) and the installation “The Added Layer” that was part of the Macau pavilion at the 2014 Venice Biennale of Architecture.
MACAU LAB is a small selection of projects that deal with peculiar urban conditions to create non site-specific solutions, using local materials and techniques. Urban Practice finds inspiration on the idiosyncrasies of this fascinating city to explore and develop an eclectic range of conceptual projects.
Architect and urban planner based in Macau since 2003, he spreads his practice through architectural design, teaching and research. He studied in Lisbon and Milan having graduated in Architecture and Urban Planning by the Lisbon Faculty of Architecture, with a Post-graduation in Architectural Theory, a Diploma of Advanced Studies in Urbanism, and currently a PhD candidate in Urbanism, writing his thesis about the phenomena of urban space appropriation in Macau.
Senior Lecturer at the University of Saint Joseph in Macau, Adjunct Assistant Professor at the Chinese University of Hong Kong, and a frequent speaker and juror internationally. He founded and directs the Macau based CURB · Center for Architecture and Urbanism.
Currently the Vice President, Zone C, of ARCASIA, he’s a Member of the Board of Directors of the Architects Association of Macau, the Coordinator of the Cities and Territories Working Group of the Congress of Portuguese Speaking Architects (CIALP), a Member of the UIA Education Commission and of the UNESCO-UIA Validation Council for Architectural Education.
As principal of his own office URBAN PRACTICE, he develops projects ranging from the urban scale, to architecture and design, both in Macau and abroad.
He was the winner of the competitions for design and curatorship of the Macau Pavilion at the 2013 and 2015 SZHK Bi-city Biennale of Urbanism/Architecture (Shenzhen), and was selected to participate at 2014 Venice Biennale of Architecture with the installation “The Added Layer” in the Macau pavilion.