Alvaro Siza

Álvaro Joaquim de Melo Siza Vieira is a Portuguese architect and architectural educator. Siza studied at the University of Porto School of Architecture from 1949 through 1955, completing his first built works before ending his studies in 1954. That same year he opened his private practice in Porto. Siza’s work ranges from swimming pools to mass housing developments, with residences for individuals, banks, office buildings, restaurants, art galleries, shops, virtually every other kind of structure in between.

“Architecture is increasingly a problem of common sense. We mustn’t forget that the fundamental thing is life and freedom.” – Alvaro Siza

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