Who we are

The history of the studio merges with the history of its founder and CEO, Miguel Saraiva, who is responsible for the concept behind each project. His passion for architectural design is coupled with a fearless vision that enabled him to transform a small, newly formed studio into a corporate organization with international clout while preserving its renown as an architect-led studio with global reach. With Lisbon as its creative base and the home of over a hundred of its collaborators, S+A sets itself apart with its capacity for openness to the wider world, adaptability to new markets, and resilience in the face of challenges that are faced by a constantly changing society. With offices in 4 continents, S+A is now a major player in a number of different countries.

We look to develop seamless proposals in which the presence of the architectural object, as an element of the whole, coexists with the urban space, creating high-quality links with societies.

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Our global vocation has shaped our strategy of internationalisation.



Lisbon HQ / Funchal




São Paulo








Mexico City




Ho Chi Minh City

United States

Los Angeles

Involvement across several functions

Think globally, act locally

The solid experience and knowledge acquired by S+A over the years has helped to expand its portfolio of both public and private commissions. Calling upon the skills of experts allows our internal production team to maintain units that are focused on each sector of the market, creating efficient and sustainable programs for every single project. A wide range of services puts our sense of local and global commitment into action, offering quality and diversity tailored to individual challenges and requirements.

Services offered

Collective Intelligence

Since 2013, S+A’s operations have widened to cover a vast spectrum of services, encompassing not only architecture and urban planning, but also the areas of interior design, global design sustainability and investment advisory. That versatility has become one of the company’s great strengths, allowing it to maintain high levels of quality and innovation, building bridges of trust and creating solid relationships between all stakeholders.

Areas of specialisation

Connecting architectural solutions
Public BuildingsHealthcareWorkplacesHospitalityResidentialRefurbishmentRetail and LogisticsSports and LeisureEducationUrban DesignInterior DesignGlobal DesignSustainability

Key aspects of our day-to-day work.

Our working process


Collaboration and delivery

Our creative process is developed through synergies with clients, surpassing the simple provision of services. We are aware that today, more than ever, corporate responsibility does not stop at conceptual quality, technical precision, and the identity of a project, but also extends to ensuring strategic performance and economic efficiency.


The comfort of experience

Our conceptual solutions meet the needs of each market in which we work. S+A has built a strong identity as a global brand adept at dealing with all sorts of challenges at a global level. We strive to develop local know-how in order to consolidate our international experience.


A holistic design service

Human-centred design that puts comfort, functionality and aesthetics at the centre of its proposals, thus increasing the usability and effectiveness of each project.

On track for a greener world

Commitment to sustainable development

As we understand the impact of architecture on contemporary society, our proposals incorporate values of sustainability and bioclimatic concepts that can improve the performance of built environments.


Modelling software

BIM – Building Information Modelling

We offer sound experience and recognition as seasoned users of building information modeling (BIM) in Portugal. BIM has transformed ways of working within the construction industry, rendering and clarifying all of the information associated with the life cycle of a building. Sharing and integrating data has become a must when drawing up new protocols, activities, and growth strategies. We have embraced this transformation with the aim of streamlining our production process, orientating it towards cost control, and providing a holistic service, supported by intelligent and dedicated management for each individual building and the built environment as a whole.

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