Portuguese architect Eduardo Souto de Moura, 58 years old, a native of Porto, is the 2011 Pritzker Architecture Prize winner, the world’s most prestigious architecture honor.
Moura is the second Portuguese architect distinguished with the prize. The first was Alvaro Siza honored in 1992.
Souto de Moura worked for Alvaro Siza for five years before founding his own office in 1980, He designed over 60 projects, namely the Soccer Stadium in Braga, Portugal, and the 20-story Burgo Tower office in Porto city in 2007.
He has also designed in Spain, Italy, Germany, United Kingdom and Switzerland. The projects include single family homes, a cinema, shopping centers, hotels, apartments, offices, art galleries and museums, schools, sports facilities and subways.
Pritzker Architecture Prize – founded in 1979 by the late Jay A. Pritzker and his wife, Cindy – honors annually a living architect whose built work demonstrates talent, vision and commitment to the environment, and is a significant contribution to humanity. The honorees receive a $100,000 grant and a bronze medallion.
A ceremony will be announced to be held at the Andrew W. Mellon Auditorium in Washington DC.