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 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, above any 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 that we can contribute for it to reach it’s fullest potential for human and environmental 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 is one of valueing the truly great aspects of spaces and people to create meaningful places. Our work stems from blending sophisticated construction processes with traditional and artisan methods, taking advantage of the best solutions for the maximum effect. Our solutions aim at doing this while considering economic/ecological constraints and we resource to standardization processes and industrial materials as well. We consider they can be as richly used as manual handcrafted objects and spaces and that it’s in the contrast between them that they can conveys meaning to each 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 based and managed in 3D aided design and technology, facilitating visualization, interactive or virtual presentations, 3D printing, and, most importantly, discussion with project stakeholders. Our process is based on getting the clients on board and understanding our projects to the maximum extent while producing the most detailed information possible for every stakeholder. When needed our workflow is fully BIM compatible.