From Africa with love & pride.

Sharing value in every interaction is synonymous with a path well-travelled.

The COSTALOPES atelier is lead by Alexandre Costa Lopes.

The atelier operates within the fields of architecture, urbanism, landscape and interior design, ranging from large-scale developments and urban interventions to single-family houses.

1991 — 2021

With pride, we look back over the past decades and identify an inescapable contribution to the African continent’s architectural awakening.


the attitude

It is all about a permanent attitude: getting in tune with people’s values.

We achieve this by involving communities – giving people the space to participate and intervene in the outcome of what is produced.

It’s another way of creating meaning on a broader scale, for society as a whole, clearly articulated with all stakeholders.

COSTALOPES’ practice is a composition of values that people feel connected to – a set of values that give our work greater meaning and purpose, making the end result easier and substantially more rewarding.

awards & recognitions


  • 100 Architects of the Year – Korean Institute of Architecture – Currency Museum
  • 1st Honorable Mention – Public Tender – EPAL Building


  • 100 Architects of the Year – Korean Institute of Architecture – Luanda Bay


  • 1st Prize – Luanda University Hospital

  • 1st Prize – Idea Contest for Building Lots 38, 41 and 42


  • 1st Honorable Mention – ESTIG – Beja Polytechnic Institute

  • 4th Prize – Coimbra University – Pólo III CTNAS


  • 2nd Prize – Portalegre Art Centre

  • 3rd Prize – Coimbra University – Pólo III Central Unit

  • 1st Prize – Redondo Health Centre


  • 1st Prize – Coimbra University – Pólo III Library


  • Conde de Oeiras Architectural Prize – Infante D. Henrique Building


  • Selected 25 Best Projects – Idea Contest for the World EXPO’98 (overall participants: 506 projects)

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