We a driven by curiosity and experimentation. We observe the complexities of our world to develop local solutions with global influence.

contemporary city limit

Possibly the first idea of a limit in the historic city was defined by its own walls, which were systematically exceeded and rebuilt to maintain a defensive system. When traditional space evolves and becomes overgrown, urbanism emerges as a discipline, the city is transformed and its limit transforms with it. The increase in population and […]

tierra de cultivo in Gorizia

The proposal for a strategic masterplan in Gorizia presented by AQSO and G. Damiani under the title ‘S.A.R.A, una tierra de cultivo’ will be exhibited along with the rest of participants of the international contest ‘spazio giovani alla frontiera’ (Youth Space at the border) in the event entitled ‘30×1, Trenta progetti per una mostra‘.

prefabricated construction in Anguix

The construction works for this multifunctional building designed by AQSO have recently started with the assemblage of modular concrete elements to be part of the structure and façade.

statutory approvals

We offer consultation and management services for statutory approval applications associated with the project.

landscape design

Landscape design refers to the transformation of open spaces and natural environments ‒ such as gardens, terrains or streams of water ‒ to integrate them with the architecture, their contexts, and other changing elements of the setting.

(un)made in China

The exhibition (un)made in China, organized by Cannon Design opened last Thursday at the ‘[email protected] gallery’ in Shanghai. The retrospective features a selection of twelve projects developed by international offices and aims to show not only the value of the architecture itself, moreover the process and the experience of these architects when facing the challenge […]

net-zero waste in construction

Landfills are filling up incessantly, and the construction sector is accountable for 40% of the waste. The waste generated in the life-cycle of a building accounts not only from the construction itself but more so on the phases of design, operation and demolition.

architecture for millennials

Millenials are constantly redefining concepts that have always been taken for granted. They are known for finding new ways of socialising, working and even defining their relationships. The way they live and interact with the built environment is not an exception.

architecture without context

Contextualism in architecture refers to the visual relationship of a building about its surroundings. Architecture is the single unit interwoven into an urban fabric. Added collectively, these interconnected units engage a dialogue concerning the culture, time and history of a place. Contextualism creates an environment where memories of a place are collected together.

quality control systems

Our commitment to quality is part of the effort to provide the best assistance to our clients. All our services comply with the ISO 9001 quality control standards. This is an internationally recognised system consisting of a set of policies and procedures including a strong customer focus, the motivation and implication of top management, the […]

site survey

Site surveys are visual representations of architectural elements, using orthographic projections or 3D models. The study is typically carried out by taking measurements on site with different equipment, depending on the location’s features and scale.

selective tendering

The selective tender process for construction contracts is a pre-selection of suppliers to receive offers based on the project’s documentation and quantity survey if provided. An evaluation report is then presented to the developer to decide which contractor to appoint.

parametric design challenges

Long gone are the traditional boxy building forms. With advanced computer algorithms in place, what was once unattainable is now made possible. Complex geometrical building patterns such as curvatures or hyperbolic paraboloid shells are now becoming the norm.

lecture at the Iterate workshop

Last February 7th AQSO participated in the ‘Iterate’ workshop in Beijing with a lecture about the changing conditions of the Chinese cities and the progress of the ongoing research program ‘Hutopolis’.

technical reports

Technical reports are documents that describe the characteristics of the project from different approaches, complementing the information provided in the drawings with scientific data.


communicating design with 3D prints

China’s construction: designing the future

Harvest Home awarded by the IaaC


the value of unconventional thought

the significant value of design in real estate

next stop: hutopolis

urban design

Lisbon Architecture Triennale

identities in comparison


unmade in China

conservation and urban diversity

site analysis


lecture at the Dashilan design hop

striking ship-like hotel proposed as new Shoreditch landmark

round table at 751

architects at work

boundaries #3

glass magazine #11

architecture for the shared economy

‘ramp up the mun’ shortlisted for e10

the power of a concept

the philosophy of experimental design

time spent on project development: a future-proof investment

old is new at Today Art Museum

physical models

nature in architecture: choosing the right tree

what is organic architecture?


the people’s urbanism

the process

using authentic eco-friendly building products

how to use your building

plug and play

Iberian architecture in Beijing

everything under the sun

2012 bjdw

city visions

GFRC, the lightweight concrete

learning from Dashilar

furniture and accessories

a map of hutopolis

hotel lobby, the new social space


starchitecture and cityscape

open arte-fact exhibited in Beirut

room 21

aqso and cca awarded for Liuzhou museum

E9 forum in Santiago de Compostela

quantity survey and cost plan

building services

a map of hutopolis

massing study

the blink


fixed furniture and fittings

singular concepts

arquia proxima 2012

circulation, use and flow

key elements of the contemporary urban language

value engineering

sustainable natural ventilation

master planning

construction systems

contract administration

mark magazine

architecture against noise

urbanization process in China


designing with big data

the value of psychology on architecture

computer-generated imagery

defining structural systems: concrete vs steel

from policies to design

structural systems

wiki architecture

elevations and facade systems

3×3 projects in contexts

space planning

handover and as-built documentation

brief development

(un)made in China exhibition in Shanghai

design workshop

interdisciplinary is not multidisciplinary

analysing the customer journey

the illusion of weightless architecture

our analysis of the Chinese market for El País

city roots


efficient construction documentation

precast concrete advantages

self-fab house

lecture at the Global Pioneer design forum

AQSO launches urban research Hutopolis

lighting study

right size

site supervision

special mention for atienza hall

building products for sustainable design