(…) Architecture can not be a halftone. You can not do something that does not appeal to your customer or something you don´t like. You can not do something you do not believe or something that your client does not understand. All that goes wrong. It is therefore essential to talk. And talk is to know each other.
Eduardo Souto de Moura
On the occasion of the Ninth Week of Architecture of Madrid and within the activities of the XII Mostra Portuguesa, on Friday October 3, 2014, at 18: 00h, the Portuguese architect Eduardo Souto de Moura gave a lecture entitled “Eduardo Souto de Moura: recent projects” at LA SEDE COAM, the Madrid association of architects. (See video below) Additionally, an exhibition titled “Eduardo Souto de Moura: proyectos y concursos” was inaugurated by the architect on the same day.
The exhibition, organized by Fundación Arquitectura COAM (COAM Architecture Fundation) and Colegio Oficial de Arquitectos de Madrid COAM, with the collaboration of the Portuguese Embassy in Spain and the Camões- Instituto da Cooperação e da Língua, will be available to visitors in the Ground Floor of LASEDE COAM (c/ Hortaleza, 63) from October 3rd to January 15th.
The formats and contents in the exhibition are shown in Spain for the first time, making a retrospective of one of the most important figures in contemporary architecture.
The exhibition proposal brings together two ways of understanding the work of Souto de Moura, ranging from its built projects, such as the “Restoration of the Convent of the Bernardas Nuns”, “Paula Rego’s Casa das Histórias” or “Torre Burgo” among others, to some of his most relevant competition enties, as “Évora Intermodal Station” or the “S.J. Madeira Swimmingpools “.
The material shown presents different scales of intervention throughout drawings, models, photographs and sketches. The set features one of the most interesting and profound visions of the work of a man committed to society and territory.
Eduardo Souto de Moura was born in Porto, Portugal on July 25, 1952. He obtained a degree in Architecture at the School of Architecture in Oporto (ESBAP) in 1980. Assistant Professor at the Faculty of Architecture of Oporto (AFAUP) from 1981 to 1991, he worked for architect Alvaro Siza from 1974 to 1979. He opened his own studio in 1980.
He has been visiting professor at Paris-Belleville, Harvard, Dublin, Zurich and Lausanne. He has attended seminars in Portugal, Spain, Britain, France, Italy, Switzerland, Yugoslavia, USA, Holland, Ireland, Canada and Norway.
His work has been exhibited in Portugal (Porto, Lisbon, Braga), France (Paris Biennale, Clermont-Ferrand, Bordeaux), Britain (London, Cambridge), Italy (Milan Triennale, Rome), Yugoslavia (Piran) United States (New York, Harvard), Switzerland (Zurich).
In 2011 he was awarded the prestigious Pritzker Prize, in which the jury highlighted the mix of modernity and tradition in his work:
Over 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, courage and subtlety, bold public authority and simultaneously sense of intimacy.
As for his conception of architecture, at the Holcim Forum symposium on sustainable architecture, Souto de Moura said:
For me, architecture is a global problem. There is no ecological architecture, no intelligent architecture, no sustainable architecture -there is only good architecture. There are always problems we must not neglect, for example, energy, resources, budgets, social aspects. You should always pay attention to all of them.