Eduardo Souto de Moura Wins 2011 Pritzker Prize (Updated)

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Apartment Building in Maia, Portugal (Courtesy El Croquis)

Apartment Building in Maia, Portugal (Courtesy El Croquis)

Portuguese architect Eduardo Souto de Moura has won the 2011 Pritzker Prize, according to several reports. The Porto-based architect worked for the country’s other Pritzker winner, Alvaro Siza, but has had a prolific career on his own since opening his office in 1980. Not widely known outside Portugal, Souto de Moura designed the new stadium in Braga in 2004, which, like much of his work, has strong, highly legible forms. There he blasted granite from the site that was later crushed to make concrete for the building.

“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,” jury chair Lord Palumbo said in a statement. “His buildings have the unique ability to convey seemingly conflicting characteristics–power and modesty, bravado and subtlety, both public authority and a sense of intimacy–at the same time.”

Block of Flats in Porto, Portugal (Courtesy El Croquis)

Block of Flats in Porto, Portugal (Courtesy El Croquis)

Metro Station in Porto, Portugal (Courtesy El Croquis)

Metro Station in Porto, Portugal (Courtesy El Croquis)

Moledo House, Caminha, Portugal (Courtesy El Croquis)

Moledo House, Caminha, Portugal (Courtesy El Croquis)

Courtyard Houses in Porto, Portugal (Courtesy El Croquis)

Courtyard Houses in Porto, Portugal (Courtesy El Croquis)

Braga Municipal Stadium, Braga, Portugal (Courtesy El Croquis)

Braga Municipal Stadium, Braga, Portugal (Courtesy El Croquis)

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