Álvaro Siza 1933 -

Anyang Pavilion

Alvaro Siza Architects
Copyright: Fernando Guerra

Álvaro Siza is simply a profoundly complete architect who defies categorisation.

Sunand Prasad’s citation reads: 'The forging of a masterful and seemingly inevitable architecture out of the possibilities of the site is one of the supreme characteristics of Alvaro Siza’s architecture ...


'In Siza’s buildings, perhaps like no others, it is the relationships between the elements of the architecture that is given primacy rather than the shape or texture of the elements themselves.


' “My architecture ... is a response to a concrete problem, a situation in transformation in which I participate”. In this famous statement Siza sought to explain his approach of understanding and responding to the dynamics of programme and place, eschewing the facility of deploying already established theories to synthesise form. In that sense he has moved on from Modernism in the most explicit way.


'After 1975 and the end of dictatorship, Siza was asked to design large numbers of low-cost houses for the local government of Evora (which) bring a gentle order to the city periphery, establishing Siza’s command of the larger urban scale. At the same time ... Siza was invited to enter competitions and take commissions abroad. To buildings in Germany, Spain, Italy, France, the Netherlands and South Korea, Siza has applied his unique architectural insights ... meanwhile he has continued to build inspiring buildings in Portugal, such as the College of Education, Setubal; University of Oporto Faculty of Architecture; and the Adeaga Mayor Winery.


Cornella Swimming Pool

Alvaro Siza Architects
Copyright: Fernando Guerra

'Álvaro Siza is a committed teacher and educator. He has enabled many younger architects to gain commissions through the work he was initially offered and this selflessness is one of many examples of his commitment to the greater architectural project, rather than to personal success. Unusually for an architect of such international standing, Siza has deliberately kept his studio small to ensure his attention to every project.'