Portugese architect Eduardo Souto de Moura has won the 2011 Pritzker Prize.
His works are praised for their careful use of natural materials and their unexpected dashes of color. Souto de Moura is recognized for the homes, hotels, museums, sports facilities and other structures he has designed, predominantly in Portugal, but other European countries as well.
“Eduardo Souto de Moura’s architecture is not obvious, frivolous or picturesque. It is imbued with intelligence and seriousness,” the Pritzker jurors wrote in their citation. “His work requires an intense encounter, not a quick glance. And like poetry, it is able to communicate emotionally to those who take the time to listen.”
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