Pritzker Prize winner Eduardo Souto de Moura will be at the World Congress of Architects in Brazil

By: José Sérgio – Casa da Arquitectura

One of the greatest names of architecture in Portugal and Pritzker Prize Winner, Eduardo Souto de Moura joins the list of speakers of the 27th World Congress of Architects. UIA2020RIO will happen from the 19th to the 23rd of July of next year, in Rio de Janeiro.

Souto de Moura got his degree in Architecture at the School of Fine Arts of Porto e started his career working with the renowned Portuguese architect Álvaro Siza Vieira. In 1981, he won the competition for the project of Porto’s Cultural Centre, which has revealed his talent worldwide. After that achievement, he has been recognized for his talent in many other occasions, becoming one of the most prize-winning Portuguese architects. In 2011, he won the Pritzker, the international prize that is considered the “Nobel of architecture”.

He was responsible for important projects, such as the Municipal Market of Braga and the pavilion for the Serpentine Gallery in 2005 at the Kensington Gardens, in England. He has also been a teacher in universities such as the University of Lausanne, the University of Zurich, the University of Dublin, the University of Paris and Harvard University.

The Municipal Stadium of Braga / By: Luis Ferreira Alves

Alongside Álvaro Siza, he has become one of the greatest representatives of the Porto School, a renowned ideology of contemporary architecture in Portugal. His works are considered modernist, concise and of great simplicity.

Social Art

Souto de Moura says that architecture is a “social art” and defends that “it is not only the personal side of architect that defines the work”. “We cannot be alone – we hold accountability for the endurance of the work”, he explains.

In an interview for ArchDaily, Souto de Moura has said that architecture should work as a response for social matters. “When problems are not urgent or when the architects are not capable of responding to them, then the architects can escape to other narratives, starting from their personal feelings”.

Paula Rego Museum / By: Fernando Guerra

Collection, exhibition and book

In May of 2019, Souto de Moura has given to Casa da Arquitectura, in Portugal, his collection of more than 40 years of work – 8.500 pieces that will join 604 models of projects that were given to the institution in 2009. The works are now part of the exhibition Souto de Moura – Memory, Projects, Works, opened this month in Casa da Arquitectura.

During the 27th edition of the World Congress of Architects, in Rio de Janeiro, apart from the participation of Souto de Moura as a speaker, it will also be launched the catalogue of the exhibition. Casa da Arquitectura and the Yale University Press are responsible for the publication.

Sketch of the Municipal Stadium of Braga – piece of the exhibition Souto de Moura – Memory, Projects, Works


With the theme “All the worlds. Just one world. Architecture 21” and an estimated public of 20 thousand professionals of the area, the 27th World Congress of Architects will turn Rio into the epicentre of the debate about the future of the cities. Promoted by the International Union of Architects (UIA) and organized by the Institute of Architects of Brazil (IAB), the event invites specialists and enthusiasts of fairer and more dynamic and sustainable cities to discuss solutions between the 19th and the 23rd of July of 2020. There are also preparatory and parallel events - such as exhibitions, seminars and workshops - happening around the country.

Registration for UIA2020RIO is now open.


Rio de Janeiro is the first World Capital of Architecture, a title that was achieved by Rio City Hall and the Institute of Architects of Brazil (IAB), and given by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) and the International Union of Architects (UIA). Throughout 2020, the city will host a series of events, including the 27th World Congress of Architects, the World Forum of Cities, exhibitions and public competitions. Besides showing to the world Rio’s architectonic treasures, the title is also an opportunity to reflect upon the future, to plan what is wanted for the cities from all over the planet.



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