Álvaro Siza

Álvaro Siza Vieira was born on 25 June 1933 in a town near Matosinhos, Portugal. As a child Siza always wanted to become a sculptor but his father’s opposition and drift in interest lead him to architecture program at the Porto Fine Arts School in 1949. While studying architecture he developed such a great passion for the profession that he started off his individual practice even a year before graduation in 1954. Like many other architects Álvaro Siza Vieira also served as a professor of architecture at various universities including the University of Porto, the Graduate School of Design Harvard University, the University of Pennsylvania, Los Andes University of Bogota and the Ecole Polytechnique of Lausanne. Along with this he has also been a guest lecturer at many universities and conferences around the world that include the United States, Colombia and Argentina to Spain, Germany, France, Norway, the Netherlands, Switzerland, Austria and England in Europe. Álvaro Siza Vieira was awarded Pritzker Award in 1992 for his contributions to the field of architecture and the jury described his efforts as, “His shapes, molded by light, have a deceptive simplicity about them; they are honest.” He retired from his teaching career in 2003 but is still providing the world with best of his works.

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