Happy Birthday Eduardo Souto de Moura!

  • 25 Jul 2013
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, 2011 Pritzker laureate, in front of the Casa das Histórias Paula Rego. Photo by Francisco Nogueira.

Today, July 25th, is Eduardo Souto de Moura’s 61st birthday! With over 60 buildings designed worldwide, Souto de Moura is known for his thoughtful use of colors and materials. Although often described as a “Miesian” architect, de Moura provides local and original interpretations of Mies van Der Rohe’s modernist style.

Born in , Souto de Moura enrolled at the School of Fine Arts in , studying sculpture and later transferring to architecture at the University of – a decision credited to a meeting with the artist Donald Judd. While still a student, Souto de Moura interned in the studio of Álvaro Siza, where he continued to work for five years until starting his own practice in 1980, on Siza’s advice. Although his first major commission was the Cultural Center of Porto, his early career included mostly private homes. Later, de Moura began to be commissioned for larger public buildings such as the the Braga Municipal Stadium (2004), the Burgo Tower (2007), and the Casa das Histórias Paula Rego (2008).

In 2011, he was awarded the Pritzker Prize; the jury praised de Moura for “his unique capacity to embrace reality while employing abstraction,” noting that de Moura’s architectural language “transforms physicality into the metaphysical.” Check out more by Eduardo Souto de Moura on ArchDaily: 

  • Venice Biennale 2012 / Eduardo Souto de Moura
  • Casa das Histórias Paula Rego / Eduardo Souto de Moura
  • Burgo Tower / Eduardo Souto de Moura
  • Casa da Musica Subway Station / Eduardo Souto de Moura
  • Braga Municipal Stadium / Eduardo Souto de Moura
  • Video: Projects by Eduardo Souto de Moura
  • More Photographs of Eduardo Souto de Moura’s Burgo Tower
  • Eduardo Souto de Moura interactive poster by Vítor Gabriel
  • Eduardo Souto de Moura – Competitions 1979 – 2010 Exhibition
  • 2011 Pritzker Prize Ceremony: Eduardo Souto de Moura, and Barack Obama 
  • 2011 Pritzker Laureate Eduardo Souto de Moura facing Unemployment?
  • Cite: Merin, Gili. "Happy Birthday Eduardo Souto de Moura!" 25 Jul 2013. ArchDaily. Accessed 16 Apr 2014. <http://www.archdaily.com/?p=406801>

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