Archipreneur Interview: Marta Brandão & Mário Sousa, Architects & Entrepreneurs
Welcome back to the interview series “Archipreneur Insights” at archipreneur.com with architects who do interesting things. The series highlights people who have an architectural degree but have since followed an entrepreneurial or alternative career path in the field.
The fourth interview is with the founders of MIMA Lab, Marta Brandão and Mário Sousa from Viana do Castelo in Portugal. Mima Lab is a multidisciplinary office that focuses on the conception and retail of architectural and design products.
The two architects created the MIMA House and the MIMA Essential two prefabricated modular housing concepts. You can order various floor plan designs, depending on your size and budget. The design is minimal and very aesthetic … and has also completely convinced Philippe Starck, who bought a MIMA Essential as a private vacation house. (Fourth image below)
What I love about the idea of MIMA is that the founders actually created a business from their architectural products. This is a smart way to “productize” the architectural service as an alternative to billing by the hour, but still produce great architecture.
Here are Marta and Mário’s thoughts and experiences on entrepreneurship, starting a business and creating an architectural product.
I hope you enjoy their interview!
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