Tomás Cardoso Taveira, was born in Lisbon, graduated in Architecture from the Escola Superior de Belas Artes de Lisboa.
He is an Architect, Urban Designer and Urban Planner. His research encompasses such areas as the Theory of Urban Phenomena, Urban and Regional Planning, and the Theory of Taste based on the basis of the Theory of Architecture, Design and Fashion. He taught at ESBAL as assistant architect (5th year) and Theory and History of Architecture (4th year) in 1971, a situation that remained until February 1974 when he won the competition for Full Professor. In September 1977 he began his Fellowship at MIT fot the SPURS Program, a postgraduate course integrated in the MIT Ph.D. programs. Academically, at the ‘Escola Superior de Belas Artes de Lisboa’ / Lisbon Faculty of Architecture, Tomás Taveira was the creator of the ‘Licenciaturas’ (5 year undergratuate courses) of Architecture of Design, of Fashion, of Urban and Territorial Planning, and of Urban Management that in the year of 1999 licensed the first professionals.
His theoretical papers are published in magazines and journals. His architectural work was published in 1991 by Academy Editions of London and St.Martin Press of New York. Again, in 1994, Academy Editions of London dedicated its 37th edition of Architectural Monographes, to his architectural work. In 2002 Artmedia Press of London published the book "Tomás Taveira" and in 2004, another book called "Taveira Sports Architecture".
- Prémio Valmor- (1982) attributed to the "Arco Iris" in Olaias Housing Complex.
- Prémio José de Figueiredo (1982), by National Academy of Fine Arts, for the Study of Urban Renewal of the Martim Moniz Area.
- Prémio Valmor and Prémio Municipal of Architecture (1993) - attributed to the Amoreiras Complex.
- IOCK / IAKS AWARD 2005- GOLD AWARD - prize awarded to the Aveiro Municipal Stadium Project.