Nadir Afonso: the Painter (who graduated) Architect


  • João Cepeda




Modern Movement, Modern architecture, Modern housing


Nadir Afonso, one of the most well known (and recognized) Portuguese painters, has dedicated a great deal of his life to practicing the profession from which he graduated as an architect a facet that is still commonly unknown by the great public, as it was just slightly studied by the history of contemporary Portuguese Architecture. Regarding his career, it is to particularly note the periods he spent abroad, working with Le Corbusier and Niemeyer. These influential authors of the Modern Movement gave him the opportunity to participate in various projects that marked the history of architecture. This singular international phase manifestly resulted in Modern influences that are visible in the work he later built in Chaves. Nadir Afonso ended up abandoning the profession, since when he has dedicated himself to Painting on a full-time basis.

How to Cite

Cepeda, J. (2012). Nadir Afonso: the Painter (who graduated) Architect. Docomomo Journal, (47), 84–90.





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Author Biography

João Cepeda

João Cepeda was born in Lisbon in 1983, he attended the Instituto Superior Técnico of the Technical University of Lisbon and, having been granted a scholarship from the Helvetic Confederation, the École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne in Switzerland, completing his Masters in Architecture with the thesis “Nadir Afonso, the Architect”. He is currently starting as a professional architect.