de Moura scoops 2011 Pritzker prize
March 29 2011
What is regarded as the architectural world’s biggest honour will be bestowed upon the architect in Washington DC on June 2, whereupon a grant for $100,000 and a bronze medallion will be handed over.
The Pritzker accolade is handed out annually to a living architect whose built work exhibits a combination of talent, vision and commitment.
Jury chair Lord Palumbo said: “During the past three decades, Eduardo Souto de Moura has produced a body of work that is of our time but also carries echoes of architectural traditions.
“His buildings have a unique ability to convey seemingly conflicting characteristics — power and modesty, bravado and subtlety, bold public authority and a sense of intimacy — at the same time.”
Palumbo’s citation was based upon a range of de Souza’s work, notably a stadium in Braga, Portugal, which was carved out of a solid granite mountainside.
Fittingly, as a student, de Moura worked for the only other Portugese recipient of the Pritzker, Alvaro Siza.
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