Catarina Tinoco is managing director and lead architect at Growpad.
Catarina attained her Master’s degree in Architecture in 2013 from Lusíada University in Porto and has over five year’s experience on various residential and industrial projects. She worked on preparing tender packages, proposing preliminary housing studies and producing construction drawings. Before moving to Ireland, she added an additional string to her bow with the completion of a Revit course in Building Information Modelling and holds an MBA in Management.
I remember very clearly the moment I decided to become an architect.
I was on a family trip to Barcelona, where I experienced the work of Antoni Gaudi at the famous Sagrada Familia church.
It was the first time I became aware of architecture – the fantasy on his design blew me away.
Years later, I graduated with a masters degree from the Lusíada University in Porto, which is associated with two famous award-winning architects, Álvaro Siza Vieira and Souto Moura – and to this day my style is influenced by both of them.
My style is free flowing, both contemporary and retro, adapting to the surroundings of each project to reflect its character and give it a sense of belonging, making it unique each time.
While completing an architecture internship I also did an MBA in management.
After a number of years practicing in Portugal I made the transition to Ireland in 2018 and I have relished the challenges that the different climate and approach to life have brought me.
Why work with us?
We believe that building a dream home extension can be for everyone, and that it can be greatly simplified.
Lots of people want to build an extension but they don’t know much about it. They don’t know how much it costs and they assume it is out of reach for them unless they spend many years saving.
At Growpad we can make their space – and how they envisage it – accessible to everyone.
We work with each client to create a bespoke design to match their budget – and we even help them finance the cost of the extension.