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Born: June 25, 1933

Nationality: Portuguese

Masterpiece: Bouca Housing Complex

"Every design is a rigorous attempt to capture a concrete moment of a transitory image in all its nuances. The extent to which this transitory quality is captured, is reflected in the designs: the more precise they are, the more vulnerable." Alvaro Siza


Alvaro Siza is one of the best known Portuguese architects of the 20th century. He produced numerous but outstanding projects mainly in Portugal and Spain (houses, schools, museums etc.).

? Born in 25 June 1933 in Matosinhos, near Porto in Portugal;

? Studied architecture at University of Porto, School of Architecture (1949-55);

? Opened his own atelier in Porto (1954) and began Alvaro Siza's career by designing smaller works, mainly residences in the late 1950s-1960s;

? began teaching at University of Porto (1966);

? Awarded the Pritzker Architecture Prize (1992).

Notable Work

1966 Piscina Leca, Palmeira, Portugal

1969 Alves Santos House, Povoa do Varzim, Portugal

1973 Bouca Housing Complex, Porto, Portugal

1974 Pinto e Sotto Maior Bank, Oliveira de Azmeis, Portugal

1986 Borges and Irmao Hank, Vila do Conde, Portugal

1991 Teachers Training College, Setubal, Portugal

1992 Servei de Meterologica, Barcelona, Spain

1993 Centro de Art Gallego, Spain

1993 Facultad de Arquitectura, University of Porto, Portugal

1997 Serralves Museum of Contemporary Art, Porto, Portugal

1998 Boavista Residential Complex, Porto

1999 Serrakves Museum and Foundation, Porto

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