Álvaro Siza Vieira
Álvaro Siza Vieira is an architect and designer whose structures are characterized by a quiet clarity of form and function, a sensitive integration into their environment, and a purposeful engagement with both cultural and architectural traditions. Álvaro Siza Vieira awarded the Pritzker Prize in 1992.
A graduate from the University of Oporto’s Faculty of Architecture in 1955, his work has been widely acclaimed with several distinctions. He received the Gold Medal of the Consejo Superior de los Colegios de Arquitectos de España, the Gold Medal of the Alvar Aalto Foundation, the Prince of Wales Prize for Urban Design from Harvard University, the European Union Prize for Contemporary Architecture – Mies van der Rohe Award from the Fundació Mies van der Rohe, the Praemium Imperiale by the Japan Art Association, the Gold Medal of the Royal Institute of British Architects and, in 2012, he was awarded theLeone d’oro at the Venice Biennale.
Siza Vieira was Professor at the School of Fine Arts and the Faculty of Architecture of the University of Oporto, and a Visiting Professor at the Polytechnic School of Lausanne, at the University of Pennsylvania, at the Los Andes School in Bogotá and at the Graduate School of Design of Harvard University, among others.