Álvaro Siza Vieira
Álvaro Siza Vieira was born in Matosinhos on June 25, 1933. He studied Architecture at the School of Fine Arts of the University of Porto between 1949 and 1955.
Influenced by the works of architects Adolf Loos, Frank Lloyd Wright and Alvar Aalto, from an early age he managed to develop his own language, with international modernist references always present but also marked by the Portuguese building tradition.
In Portugal, he distinguished himself by works such as the Casa de Chá in Leça da Palmeira, the Faculdade de Arquitetura da Universidade do Porto, the Museu de Arte Contemporânea de Serralves, the Igreja de Marco de Canaveses, the headquarters of the Museu Internacional de Escultura Contemporânea of Santo Tirso, as well as the Museu de Arte Contemporânea Nadir Afonso in Chaves.
In addition to these, his work abroad also became well-known, such as in Santiago de Compostela, Barcelona, Hague, Maastricht, Alicante, and Granada.
Due to the standing his work has achieved, Siza Vieira is currently considered the Portuguese architect with the most international visibility and prestige.