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The Pritzker Architecture Prize 2011 presented to Eduardo Souto de Moura

 
March 29th, 2011 by Sanjay Gangal

Update on June 3rd:

Here is Obama’s speech at the Pritzker Prize Ceremony:


YouTube : President Obama's Speech at the Prizker Prize Ceremony

Original post on March 29th

Los Angeles, CA—Eduardo Souto de Moura, a 58 year old architect from Portugal, is the jury’s choice for the 2011 Pritzker Architecture Prize, it was announced today by Thomas J. Pritzker, chairman of The Hyatt Foundation which sponsors the prize. The formal ceremony for what has come to be known throughout the world as architecture’s highest honor will be in one of Washington, D.C.’s finest classical buildings, the Andrew W. Mellon Auditorium. In announcing the jury’s choice, Pritzker elaborated, “This marks the second time in the history of the prize that a Portuguese architect has been chosen. The first was in 1992 when Alvaro Siza was so honored.”

Eduardo Souto de Moura - Photo by Augusto Brázio

About Eduardo Souto de Moura

Eduardo Souto de Moura was born in Porto, Portugal in 1952. His father was a doctor (ophthalmologist) and his mother a home maker. He has one brother and one sister. The sister is also a doctor and his brother is a lawyer with a political career – formerly he was Attorney General of Portugal.

1981-91 “Casa das Artes”, S.E.C. Cultural Centre, Porto, Portugal Exterior View

Following his early years at the Italian School, Souto de Moura enrolled in the School of Fine Arts in Porto, where he began as an art student, studying sculpture, but eventually achieving his degree in architecture. He credits a meeting with Donald Judd in Zurich for the switch from art to architecture. While still a student, he worked for architect Noé Dinis and then Álvaro Siza, the latter for five years. While studying and working with his professor of urbanism, Architect Fernandes de Sá, he received his first commission, a market project in Braga which has since been demolished because of changing business patterns.

1981-91 “Casa das Artes”, S.E.C. Cultural Centre, Porto, Portugal Interior View

After 2 years of military service he won the competition for the Cultural Centre in Porto. The beginning of his career as an independent architect. He is frequently invited as a guest professor to Lausanne and Zurich in Switzerland as well as Harvard in the United States. These guest lectures at universities and seminars over the years have afforded him the opportunity to meet many colleagues in the field, among them Jacques Herzog and Aldo Rossi.

1981-91 “Casa das Artes”, S.E.C. Cultural Centre, Porto, Portugal Interior & Exterior Views

He is married and he has 3 daughters: Maria Luisa, Maria da Paz e Maria Eduarda. His wife, Luisa Penha, and the eldest daughter are architects, the second is a nurse and the third is on the Faculty of Architecture of the University of Oporto for the 3rd year. Along with his architecture practice, Souto de Moura is a professor at the University of Oporto, and is a visiting professor at Geneva, Paris-Belleville, Harvard, Dublin and the ETH Zurich and Lausanne.

1989-94 - House in “Bom Jesus”, Braga, Portugal - interior view - Photos by Luis Ferreira Alves

1989-94 - House in “Bom Jesus”, Braga, Portugal - exterior view - Photos by Luis Ferreira Alves

1989-94 - House in “Bom Jesus”, Braga, Portugal - exterior views - Photos by Luis Ferreira Alves

Often described as a neo-Miesian, but one who constantly strives for originality, Souto de Moura has achieved much praise for his exquisite use of materials — granite, wood, marble, brick, steel, concrete — as well as his unexpected use of color. Souto de Moura is clear on his view of the use of materials, saying, “I avoid using endangered or protected species. I think we should use wood in moderation and replant our forests as we use the wood. We have to use wood because it is one of the finest materials available.” In an interview with Croquis, he explained, “I find Mies increasingly fascinating… There is a way of reading him which is just to regard him as a minimalist. But he always oscillated between classicism and neoplasticism…You only have to remember the last construction of his life, the IBM building, with that powerful travertine base that he drilled through to produce a gigantic door. Then on the other hand, he arrived in Barcelona and did two pavilions, didn’t he? One was abstract and neo plastic and the other one was classical, symmetrical with closed corners…He was experimenting. He was already so modern he was ‘post’.”

1989-97 Conversion of the Santa Maria do Bouro Convent into a State Inn, Amares, Portugal. Interior views. Photos by Luis Ferreira Alves.

1989-97 Conversion of the Santa Maria do Bouro Convent into a State Inn, Amares, Portugal. Three exterior views and an interior corridor. Photos by Luis Ferreira Alves.

Souto de Moura acknowledges the Miesian influence, speaking of his Burgo Tower, but refers people to something written by Italian journalist and critic, Francesco Dal Co, “it’s better not to be original, but good, rather than wanting to be very original and bad.” At a series of forums called the Holcim Forum on sustainable architecture, Souto de Moura stated, “For me, architecture is a global issue. There is no ecological architecture, no intelligent architecture, no sustainable architecture — there is only good architecture. There are always problems we must not neglect; for example, energy, resources, costs, social aspects — one must always pay attention to all these.”

Burgo Tower in Porto, Portugal. Interior photo on top and night view exterior view on bottom by Luis Ferreira Alves

1991-2007 - Burgo Project in Boavista Avenue (Office Blocks and Commercial Mall), Porto, Portugal. Top Photo by Christian Richters. The two exterior views and interior on the bottom are by Luis Ferreira Alves. The sculpture on the plazais by Ângelo de Sousa.

1994-2002. House in Serra da Arrábida, Portugal. Various interior and exterior views by Luis Ferreira Alves.

1994-2002. House in Serra da Arrábida, Portugal. Various interior and exterior views by Luis Ferreira Alves.

1997-2005 - Architectural Project for the Porto Metro (subway) Porto, Portugal. Various views - photos by Luis Ferreira Alves.

1997-2005 - Architectural Project for the Porto Metro (subway) Porto, Portugal. Various views - photos by Luis Ferreira Alves.

1998-2003 - Cinema House for Manoel de Oliveira Oporto, Portugal. Photos by Luis Ferreira Alves.

1998-2003 - Cinema House for Manoel de Oliveira Oporto, Portugal. Photos by Luis Ferreira Alves.

Architecture project for the Braga Stadium Braga, Portugal. Photos by Luis Ferreira Alves.

Architecture project for the Braga Stadium Braga, Portugal. Photos by Luis Ferreira Alves.

2005-2009 Paula Rêgo Museum - Cascais, Portugal Photos by Luis Ferreira Alves

2005-2009 Paula Rêgo Museum - Cascais, Portugal Photos by Luis Ferreira Alves

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