João is an entrepreneur and founder of joaobarkleydesigns which delivers exterior and interior conceptual designs.
João was born in Mozambique, was schooled in Lisbon-Portugal, she earned a Professional Bachelor’s degree in Architecture, a Diploma in Interior Design in Johannesburg-South Africa , a Teaching Certificate and a Certificate in Coaching Performance / Professional Development in London-UK.
Following her graduation João started her architectural career in Johannesburg where she worked at several prominent architectural firms such JD Maresh Architects, Portal Partnership, CT Architects and in 1998 João founded ArcInterior.
For more than 20 years João has developed her skills in the luxury residential space (specialising in remodelling), commercial office space, boutique hotel space – executing design work; selections of all finishes; project proposals and project management. She has lived and worked in South Africa; Portugal; Turkey; Germany; Qatar and Australia. She is native Portuguese speaker, fluent in English and Spanish
João’s international work experience conveys a unique and diverse flare in her design and concepts which is supported by her ability to establish a strong connection with her global clients.
“ I know the price of success: dedication, hard work, and an unremitting devotion to the things you want to happen.”
Frank Lloyd Wright