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Trip contemporary architecture /2008

Porto, Braga, Coimbra...

The metro in Porto, Casa da Musica, the football stadium in Braga, Alvaro Siza & Eduardo Souto de Moura, the Portuguese sun, Christina Branco Vinoverde or Vintage Port. Mansilla & Tuñón in Leon, Patxi Mangado in Santiago de Compostela, el camino peregrino, the Spanish sunshine, Ola, una Cava, un Cerveza, por favor.

Trip Architecture and Recuperation /08/2000

Hannover, Duisburg, Gelsenkirchen...

The first trip is the virtual world of the Hanover Expo. What is the future of mankind? The second trip is the real journey through the Ruhr region, which gives a real picture of what “recovery” for the architecture can do.

Trip The strange magic of the obvious /05/1999

Lisboa, Aveiro, Porto...

How fascinating historical Portugal is, the tour will primarily focus on a selection of contemporary architecture in the region between Lisbon and Porto, obviously the work of Alvaro Siza as a thread.

Lecture Weil Am Rein

Interieur, Kortrijk Xpo, Kortrijk

He’s not only a manager with vision, but also the client of an architectural project in which cultural achievements to Gehry, Siza, Ando, Hadid to effect the startling architecture site.

Trip The unbearable lightness of architecture /05/1994

Zürich, Basel, Weil-am-Rein...

By the fruitful collaboration of talented architects, sensitized clients engaged politicians, interested officials and critical media, a cultural climate arose in a region which proved to be a fertile ground for good architecture.

Visit 'Alvaro Siza and the architecture of Portugal' + 'Mario Botta collection' + 'Free thought in Iron'


Visit of tree exibitions

Alvaro Siza Vieira

Álvaro Joaquim de Melo Siza Vieira (°Matosinhos, 25 June 1933), is a Portuguese architect, he won the Pritzker Prize in 1992.

He graduated in architecture in 1955, at the former School of Fine Arts of the University of Porto, the current FAUP – Faculdade de Arquitectura da Universidade do Porto. He completed his first built work (four houses in Matosinhos) even before ending his studies in 1954, the same year that he first opened his private practice in Porto. Siza Vieira taught at the school from 1966 to 1969, returning in 1976. In addition to his teaching there, he has been a visiting professor at the Graduate School of Design, Harvard University; the University of Pennsylvania; Los Andes University of Bogota; and the École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne.

Along with Fernando Távora, he is one of the references of the Porto School of Architecture where both were teachers. Both architects worked together between 1955 and 1958. Another architect he has collaborated with is Eduardo Souto de Moura, e.g. on Portugal’s flagship pavilions at Expo ’98 in Lisbon and Expo 2000 in Hannover, as well as on the Serpentine Pavillon 2005. Siza’s work is often described as “poetic modernism”; he himself has contributed to publications on Luis Barragán.

Among Siza’s earliest works to gain public attention was a public pool complex (named Piscinas de Marés) he created in the 1960s for Leça da Palmeira, a fishing town and summer resort north of Porto.

In 1987, the dean of Harvard Graduate School of Design, the Spanish architect José Rafael Moneo, organized the first show of Siza’s work in the United States. In 1992, he was awarded with the renowned Pritzker Prize for the renovation project that he coordinated in the Chiado area of Lisbon, a historic commercial sector that was all but completely destroyed by fire in August 1988.