Today, Portuguese architect Eduardo Souto de Moura was named as the winner of the 2011 Pritzker Architecture Prize. Founded in 1979 by the late Jay A. Pritzker and his wife, Cindy, the Pritzker Architecture Prize recognizes a living architect whose work embodies the talent, commitment, and vision needed to consistently improve the built environment. The laureate receives a $100,000 grant and a bronze medallion.
Pritzker Prize jury chairman, The Lord Palumbo, quoted from the jury citation outlining the reasons for this year’s choice" “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.”
Souto de Moura opened his architecture office in 1980, and since that time has completed 60 projects, most in Portugal. His minimalist, handsome buildings are a meditation on the restrained line, and an example of how removing extraneous flourishes can create a work of stunning beauty. Take a look at some homes and museums from the architect.