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Alvaro Siza Architect : Architecture

Contemporary Architecture Practice, Portugal, Europe

Carlos Ramos Pavilion, School of Architecture of Porto, Portugal:
Alvaro Siza building
photo : Nelson Garrido

Álvaro Siza Vieira News

17 February 2024
Expansion Of Museu Serralves, northern Portugal
Museu Serralves expansion by Álvaro Siza, Porto
photo Courtesy of Museu Serralves and Álvaro Siza
Museu Serralves expansion by Álvaro Siza

29 May 2013
Alvaro Siza – Complete Works
Author: Philip Jodidio
Alvaro Siza, Complete Works 1952-2013
image from publisher
Alvaro Siza Architecture Book
When Álvaro Siza, one of the great figures of contemporary architecture, won the prestigious Pritzker Prize in 1992, the Jury described his forms as “molded by light, [with] a deceptive simplicity about them; they are honest. They solve design problems directly…. That simplicity, upon closer examination however, is revealed as great complexity. There is a subtle mastery underlying what appears to be natural creations.”

20 Feb 2013
Volunteer Firefighters Barracks, Santo Tirso, Portugal
Volunteer Firefighters Barracks, Santo Tirso
photo : Joao Morgado
Volunteer Firefighters Barracks
The Firefighters barracks matches the CB1 Type program and is located in Quinta de Geão, at the lot 28, of 4770 m2. The building comprises a total gross area of 1173 m2 and lodges the support functions to the fire brigade. Starting from the “Lobby – Access”, it is organized in 3 floors.

Alvaro Siza Architecture – article briefly discussing the architect and his work, 26 Feb 2013

9 Jan 2013

Building by Álvaro Siza – Photos

Photographs taken at the weekend:

Pavilion by Alvaro Siza – at Parque das Nações-PARQUE EXPO, Lisbon, Portugal
Date built: 1998
Design: Alvaro Siza Architects
Portuguese Pavilion Lisbon Expo
image : ZA
Portuguese Pavilion Expo Lisbon

10 Aug 2012

Álvaro Siza. Viagem sem Programa
13th International Architecture Exhibition Event, Venice, Italy
29 Aug – 11 Nov 2012
Álvaro Siza
photo : Teresa Siza
Álvaro Siza Exhibition
Collateral event hosted by the Fondazione Querini Stampalia in Venezia. The exhibition was exclusively dedicated to the most personal aspects of the Portuguese architect Álvaro Siza – one the leading players in the international design scene – who was recently awarded the Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement at the 13th International Architecture Exhibition – la Biennale di Venezia.

Key Projects by Alvaro Siza

Portuguese architect – portrait:
Alvaro Siza Architect Porto Portugal
photo © Ton Hermans, Rotterdam

Siza Vieira awarded the Award of Plastic Arts Cristóbal Gabarrón 2010
Cristóbal Gabarrón Award – Jul 2010

Alvaro awarded 2009 RIBA Gold Medal 2008

Most Celebrated Alvaro Siza Buildings

Designs by Alvaro Siza, alphabetical:

Boa Nova Tea House, Avenida da Liberdade, Leça da Palmeira, Portugal
EXPO ’98 – Portuguese Pavilion
Galician Museum of Art, Santiago de Compostela, Spain
Oporto Museum of Modern Art, Oporto, Portugal

Featured Buildings

Church of Macro de Canaveses, Portugal
Date built: 1996
Church of Macro de Canaveses
photo from architecture practice
Macro de Canaveses

Leça Swimming Pools, Portugal
Date built: 1966
Leça Swimming Pools
photo from architect
Leça Swimming Pools

New Orleans – building, Rotterdam, The Netherlands
Date built: 2010
New Orleans Tower Rotterdam
photo © Ton Hermans, Rotterdam
The New Orleans building

Llobregat Sports Centre, Cornella, Barcelona, Spain
Date built: 2006
Llobregat Sports Centre in Catalunya, Northeast Spain

Meteorology Service Building, Port Olímpic, southeast Barcelona, Spain
Dates built: 1990-92
Alvaro Siza, Joan Falgueras, Architects

Full name: Álvaro Joaquim Melo Siza Vieira

Key Alvaro Siza Buildings

Key architectural designs by this studio, alphabetical:

Alvaro Siza Office, Rua do Aleixo 53, 2º, Oporto, Portugal
Aveiro University Library, Aveiro, Portugal
Boa Nova Tea House, Avenida da Liberdade, Leça da Palmeira, Portugal
EXPO ’98 – Portuguese Pavilion
Fire Site Development, Chiado, Lisbon

Galician Museum of Art, Santiago de Compostela, Spain
Iberê Camargo Foundation headquarters, Porto Alegre, Brazil
2000-08 [Golden Lion award, 2002]
Malagueira Quarter Housing Project, Evora, Portugal
Oporto Museum of Modern Art, Oporto, Portugal
Rectorate, Alicante University, Spain
Schlesisches Tor Apartments, Kreuzberg, Berlin, Germany
School of Architecture at Oporto University, Oporto, Portugal
Setubal College, Portugal
Superior School of Education, Setubal, Portugal
University del Pais Vasco – conference hall building proposal, Bilbao, Spain
Viana do Castelo – Library, northern Portugal

More projects online soon

Temporary Building

Serpentine Gallery Pavilion
Date built: 2005
Design: Alvaro Siza & Eduardo Souto de Moura
with Cecil Balmond – Arup

Alvaro Siza
thumbnail photo of the architect, courtesy of RIAS in 2002

Alvaro Siza – Education

University of Porto School of Architecture – Escola de Belas Artes, Portugal

Teaching Positions

Ecole Polythechnique Lausanne, Switzerland – Visiting Professor
University of Pennsylvania, USA
Los Andes School, Bogota, Columbia
Graduate School of Design, Harvard University, USA – Kenzo Tange Visiting Professor
Oporto School of Architecture, Portugal

Location: Porto, Portugal, western Europe

Alvaro Siza Practice Information

Alvaro Siza Architects

Architecture Studio in Porto since 1954
Álvaro Joaquim de Melo Siza Vieira was born in Matosinhos, Portugal in 1933
He describes himself as a functionalistic architect.

Alvaro Siza architect
photo from architect

Oporto buildings

Extract re the architect from Review of RIAS Inverness Convention 2002:
‘At the very end of the day Alvaro Siza talked to us about only one project, but in great detail: Santa Maria, his catholic church in northern Portugal. Siza’s talk was a dialogue between his early childhood memories of what going to church was all about, and what his Clients wanted.’

Private House, Belgium

Alvaro Siza’s son is also a world-famous architect:

Alvaro Siza Vieira

Alvaro Siza Vieira – Recent Buildings

2 May 2012
Vidago Palace Spa, Oporto, Portugal
Álvaro Siza Vieira
Vidago Palace Spa
photo : Nelson Garrido
Vidago Palace Spa
Latest building by architect Álvaro Siza Vieira: in stark contrast to the main building’s Belle Epoque opulence, The Spa is a minimalist oasis of clean lines and white marble.

18 Jul 2011
Carlos Ramos Pavilion, School of Architecture of Porto
Álvaro Siza Vieira
Carlos Ramos Pavilion Porto
photo : Nelson Garrido
Carlos Ramos Pavilion Porto : Latest FAUP building, Portugal
This is one of a set of buildings of the School of Architecture of Porto (FAUP), in Portugal, designed by architect Álvaro Siza. Built between 1985 and 1986 has recently been rehabilitated.

Portuguese Architects

Key Awards
Pritzker Prize Architects : Winner in 1992
RIBA Royal Gold Medal
Fellow of American Institute of Architects
Mies van der Rohe award

Serpentine Gallery Pavilion

New Portuguese Architecture

Contemporary Portuguese Architecture

Portuguese Architecture Designs – chronological list

Portuguese Architecture – Selection

Suspended Matter Box, Felgueiras, Porto
Design: MMVarquitectos, Architecture Studio
Suspended Matter Box, Felgueiras, Oporto
photograph © Ricardo Oliveira Alves |
Suspended Matter Box Oporto

1032 Foz Housing, Rua de Gondarém 1032/1040, Porto
Architects: dEMM arquitectura
1032 Foz Housing, Porto Apartments
photography : FG+SG | architectural photography
1032 Foz Housing Porto

Portuguese Buildings

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