Association from Lisbon, Portugal
Topiaris is a landscape architecture firm founded in 1986 by four colleagues from the Technical University of Lisbon. Of this original group of partners, Teresa Barão and Luís Ribeiro remain and since joined by Catarina Viana in 1995. Throughout over two decades, Topiaris has sustained significant but steady growth while completing a considerable and significant number of projects in Portugal, with a well-established international presence particularly in Angola Mozambique, Sao Tome and Principe, Cape Verde, East Timor and Algeria. The project team is now made up of eight landscape architects who, sharing fundamental ethical values, strive daily to attain the highest standards in territorial planning and construction, requalification and the safeguarding of landscapes, combining their creative capacities with technical solutions. Team members contribute with their ideas and references towards a collective workplace discourse defined by conceptual planning rooted in the respective locations and their communities, searching for identities built between the utopian and the rational, in emotional bonds and multicultural dialogues and system sustainability, within a perspective of preserving and conveying essential values – both natural and cultural – to future generations. With ambition and a broad scope of intervention, ranging from regional and urban planning through to large and small scale public and private projects, from historical sites to contemporary landscapes, believing and defending holistic and multidisciplinary approaches and interact deeply with the clients, whether private and public, in the conviction that everyone has a relevant role to play in developing the character and identity of spaces under design and construction.