Mariana Vilela, architect graduated at University of Sao Paulo, and Daniel Fernández Flórez, architect by the E.T.S.A. Madrid, form the VILELA FLOREZ studio, after sharing five years of experience working at Herzog & de Meuron in Basel, Switzerland.
During the HdM years, Mariana collaborated in the projects for Centro Cultural Luzin Sao Paulo, Atelier in Düsseldorf, Miu Miu flagship store in Tokyo and managed for three years the design and construction works of the sports hall “Arena do Morro” in Natal. Daniel worked in the design and construction teams of the projects of BBVA headquarters in Madrid and in the Elbphilharmonie in Hamburg. In the Basel office, he participates in the design teams of the Centro Cultural Luz in Sao Paulo, Gasklocka housing tower in Estocolmo and several competitions like Wood Wharf tower in London.
After a study trip in southeast Asia in 2014, they settled in Tibau do Sul – Brasil to establish their own office by the sea, working in local residential projects and participating on competitions around the world.
In 2016 they won a competition for a very iconic square in the center of Madrid, in collaboration with their friend Carlos Higinio Esteban. Although they continue to develop their practice locally, they are also focusing on projects in Europe and Asia where they expect to work on larger scale projects in the coming year.
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