Margarida is a Board Director and sits on the Executive Committee in her capacity as Chair of the EMEA Board. She also plays a pivotal role as a Director on the board for the Americas region. In 2016, she was invited to join the Practice’s Executive Committee. She launched the Lisbon studio with Stuart Rough in 1996 and subsequently the São Paulo studio in 2010. Margarida splits her time between Portugal and Brazil in order to lead teams in both regions.
During her time at the practice Margarida has designed high-profile leisure, hospitality and workplace schemes in Iberia, Africa and Latin America. She has a real expertise in and passion for the hospitality sector and was project leader for the refurbishment of the prestigious Tropico Hotel in Luanda and Tivoli Beira Hotel in Mozambique. She also led the firm’s award-winning refurbishment of Rossio station in central Lisbon, a project particularly close to her heart.
In 2008 Margarida was nominated for the “Inspire Women Award” in the category of “International Woman of the Year” and in 2015 she won the Magazine Imobiliário Personality Merit Award recognising her contribution to the world of architecture. She is a regular speaker at conferences on topics including masterplanning, resorts, sustainability and regeneration.