Born in Funchal (Madeira Island), his professional training began in Lisbon. When he returned to the island, he created his own studio, Paulo David Arquitectos, located in the centre of Funchal. The studio’s work has been recognized with several international awards and presentations, such as the Alvar Aalto Medal, Helsinki; The AICA – International Association of Art Critics/Ministry of Culture Award; The Global Ends – Towards the Beginning exhibition at the Gallery Ma in Tokyo; the Inverted Ruins exhibition that was part of the 15th Venice Architecture Biennale. His work was also mentioned in the texts of José Tolentino Mendonça “Saber ouvir os lugares” and Valter Hugo Mãe “Falar com os vulcões”. He also won the 2017 Global Award for Sustainable Architecture. Paulo David maintains the intention of not owning a website and not integrating social networks. He does not wear a watch and, during weekends, he walks along a coastal path of the island, which ends with a dive into the Atlantic.