CASCA® is a familiar architecture studio founded in 2006, located in Lisboa and owned by Helena Jerónimo (1978), João Queiroz e Lima (1977), and Manuel Queiroz e Lima (1978).

Before working together, Helena, João, and Manuel worked with “LCR (Lisboa)”, “Souto de Moura (Porto)” and “Carlos Manzano (Madrid)”, respectively.

The office’s practice started with industrial buildings but, since then the greatest focus of its work has been architectural rehabilitation. The drive of Casca’s architectural approach has always been the pursuit of a higher quality of life, believing it should overcome aesthetical consideration. With a deep focus on the relationship with clients, engineering teams, and contractors, the studio’s creative process is based in an open approach where no idea is wasted, can be explored and integrated into a collective goal. Casca’s work has been presented in architectural and design schools, conferences and the team has been part of academic juries.

We believe in the values of all pre-existing contexts, being them artificial or natural, physical or cultural, built or unbuilt, heritage or new, and how they can be fully potentiated for human life.

Artificial and natural must be living side by side in the most ecological, economical, and meaningful built environment possible to enhance society through construction. Our approach to construction and project is one of valuing the truly great aspects of spaces and people to create meaningful places. Our work stems from blending sophisticated construction processes with traditional methods, taking advantage of the best solutions for the maximum effect, and most beneficial economic/ecological results. Standardization and industrial materials can be as richly used as manual handcrafted objects and spaces and one gives meaning to the other. Construction is technology both digital and analogical and we cherish smell, sound, touch, or even taste as much as vision, or the digital transformation of the world.

Our work process is managed in 3D, facilitating visualization, interactive or virtual presentations, 3D printing, and, most importantly, discussion with project stakeholders. When needed our process allows for BIM management workflow integration.