Based in London & Paris, RARE was co-founded by
Michel da Costa Gonçalves & Nathalie Rozencwajg

RARE’s projects grow rich from our research focusing on new materials, innovative typologies and advanced modes of design and production. Our prospective work contributes to a variety of projects in Europe and Asia. Our award-winning office RARE, builds on its broad experience in design, management and construction.


Michel da Costa Gonçalves
Managing Director

After studying in France and Spain, Michel da Costa Gonçalves graduated in architecture with honours from ENSAPL in France. He later completed a Master’s degree in Emergent Technologies & Design at the Architectural Association School of Architecture in London before co-founding RARE architecture. Michel previously worked with Shigeru Ban in Paris, as project manager for the new Pompidou Centre. He was also project manager for Architecture Studio on projects in China, Greece and Saudi Arabia (Rotterdam Architecture Biennale 2004 selection).

He is Co-director and author of the urban living book series “Villes” (Edition Autrement). Publications include articles in AA Files, Tank and a contribution on evolutionary computing as part of Springer Verlage, Natural Series. In addition to practice, he teaches a studio at the Architectural Association.


Over the last few years, Michel has developed a number of projects with high profile engineering constraints. His interests in the integration of digital modelling and production tools in both the design and construction phases have contributed to the practice’s innovative approach and cost-effective bespoke solutions.

Nathalie Rozencwajg
Managing Director

After graduating from the Architectural Association School of Architecture in London, Nathalie Rozencwajg has worked with Erick van Egeraat and Architecture Studio on projects in London, Beijing, Athens and Mecca. She is co-founder of RARE architecture. Projects, integrating new conception and production modes throughout different design scales, range from objects exhibited at the recent Milan Fair to larger scale developments in London. Her work while also includes various housing projects in France and a footbridge in Dorset.

In addition to practice, she has been Unit Master at the Architectural Association since 2004 where she teaches a studio together with Michel da Costa Gonçalves. Over the last few years she has organised and run a series of workshops, both in the UK and Singapore.


Commended with the Emerging Woman Architect of the Year accolade by The Architects’ Journal, Nathalie brings a knowledge and experience of overseas associations and collaborative teamwork. Her education and subsequent work experiences in the UK brings with it knowledge of local conditions and construction methodologies, with a strong emphasis on sustainable and integrated design resolutions.


With over 20 nationalities our creative environment is enriched by the diversity of our Team. and its extensive expertise.


We are always looking for enthusiastic and creative people with an interest in upmarket international projects. If you are interested please email your CV and work sample pdf portfolio to


RARE architecture have opportunities in their London office. 
We are looking for an enthusiastic and organised person with an interest in upmarket international projects. You should be self-motivated and be able to work independently. Knowledge of cad, 3d and a graphic suite is essential. Initially the internship will be for 2/3 months.

Latest News.

Castle Lane shortlisted for DEZEEN Awards

  RARE shortlisted for the DEZEEN Awards Housing category amongst for its VI Castle Lane residential project at the doorstep of Buckingham Palace, Westminster, Central London. Castle Lane

Concert Hall

RARE amongst the 6 honorary finalist for the Kaunas Competition in Lithuania for a Concert hall. With TPC, Theatre Projects Consulting.

Fractal Tree

Fractal Tree, an installation by RARE architecture at the Geffrye Museum part of the London Design Festival 2017 and Shoreditch Design Triangle.  With ParmarBrook.