Álvaro Siza, the Portugese architect known for his ‘poetic modernism‘ turns 80 today. Awarded the Pritzker Prize in 1992, Siza was credited as being a successor of early modernists: “his shapes, molded by light, have a deceptive simplicity about them; they are honest.”
Siza’s work has a sculptural quality to it, understandable as he had wanted to be a sculptor when he was young. However a trip to Barcelona convinced him to become an architect, after he experienced the work of Antoni Gaudí (with whom he shares a birthday). This sculptural architecture he then knits into its context, connecting his buildings with the site and the culture masterfully.
Siza first gained recognition in the 1960s with his Leça Swimming Pools, and has remained hugely influential ever since, completing a pavilion for the Venice Biennale last year. Today on his birthday, we invite you to look over his work here on ArchDaily: