The most significant monographic display of the work of architect Eduardo Souto de Moura

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Francesco Dal Co and Nuno Graça Moura
Casa da Arquitectura. Diretor-Executivo.- Nuno Sampaio
Casa da Arquitectura. Av. Menéres 456, 4450-189 Matosinhos, Portugal.
From October 18th 2019 to September 2020.


Eduardo Souto de Moura was born in Porto, Portugal in 1952. His father was a doctor (ophthalmologist) and his mother a home maker. He has one brother and one sister. The sister is also a doctor and his brother is a lawyer with a political career – formerly he was Attorney General of Portugal.

Following his early years at the Italian School, Souto de Moura enrolled in the School of Fine Arts in Porto, where he began as an art student, studying sculpture, but eventually achieving his degree in architecture. He credits a meeting with Donald Judd in Zurich for the switch from art to architecture. While still a student, he worked for architect Noé Dinis and then Álvaro Siza, the latter for five years. While studying and working with his professor of urbanism, Architect Fernandes de Sá, he received his first commission, a market project in Braga which has since been demolished because of changing business patterns.

After 2 years of military service he won the competition for the Cultural Centre in Porto. The beginning of his career as an independent architect.

He is frequently invited as a guest professor to Lausanne and Zurich in Switzerland as well as Harvard in the United States. These guest lectures at universities and seminars over the years have afforded him the opportunity to meet many colleagues in the field, among them Jacques Herzog and Aldo Rossi.

He is married and he has 3 daughters: Maria Luisa, Maria da Paz e Maria Eduarda.His wife, Luisa Penha, and the eldest daughter are architects, the second is a nurse and the third is on the Faculty of Architecture of the University of Oporto for the 3rd year.

Along with his architecture practice, Souto de Moura is a professor at the University of Oporto, and is a visiting professor at Geneva, Paris-Belleville, Harvard, Dublin and the ETH Zurich and Lausanne.

Often described as a neo-Miesian, but one who constantly strives for originality, Souto de Moura has achieved much praise for his exquisite use of materials -- granite, wood, marble, brick, steel, concrete -- as well as his unexpected use of color. Souto de Moura is clear on his view of the use of materials, saying, “I avoid using endangered or protected species. I think we should use wood in moderation and replant our forests as we use the wood. We have to use wood because it is one of the finest materials available.”

In an interview with Croquis, he explained, “I find Mies increasingly fascinating...There is a way of reading him which is just to regard him as a minimalist. But he always oscillated between classicism and neoplasticism...You only have to remember the last construction of his life, the IBM building, with that powerful travertine base that he drilled through to produce a gigantic door. Then on the other hand, he arrived in Barcelona and did two pavilions, didn’t he? One was abstract and neo plastic and the other one was 9 classical, symmetrical with closed corners...He was experimenting. He was already so modern he was ‘post’.”

Souto de Moura acknowledges the Miesian influence, speaking of his Burgo Tower, but refers people to something written by Italian journalist and critic, Francesco Dal Co, “it’s better not to be original, but good, rather than wanting to be very original and bad.”

At a series of forums called the Holcim Forum on sustainable architecture, Souto de Moura stated, “For me, architecture is a global issue. 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, costs, social aspects — one must always pay attention to all these.”

Francesco Dal Co

Francesco Dal Co (born 29 December 1945) is an Italian historian of architecture. He graduated in 1970 at the University Iuav of Venice, and has been director of the Department of History of Architecture since 1994.[1] He has been Professor of History of Architecture at the Yale School of Architecture from 1982 to 1991 and professor of History of Architecture at the Accademia di Architettura of the Università della Svizzera Italiana from 1996 to 2005. From 1988 to 1991 he has been director of the Architectural Section at the Biennale di Venezia and curator of the architectural section in 1998. Since 1978 he has been curator of the architectural publications for publishing House Electa and since 1996 editor of the architectural magazine Casabella.

In 2018 he curated the Pavilion of the Holy See at the 16th International Architecture Exhibition of the Venice Biennale Venice Biennale of Architecture. The architects who designed the ten chapels were: Andrew Berman (USA), Francesco Cellini (Italy), Javier Corvalàn (Paraguay), Flores & Prats (Spain), Norman Foster (UK), Teronobu Fujimori (Japan), Sean Godsell (Australia), Carla Juacaba (Brazil), Smiljan Radic (Cile), Eduardo Souto de Moura (Portugal).

He is currently Senior Fellow at the Center for Advanced Studies of the National Gallery of Art, scholar at the Getty Center, and Member of the Board of Directors of the Society of Architectural Historians. He is also member of the National Academy of San Luca.

Nuno Graça Moura

Nuno Graça Moura. Born in 1972, in Porto, Portugal. Degree in Architecture (1990-1996) at FAUP, Faculdade de Arquitectura da Universidade do Porto. Internship (1994-1996) and collaboration (1996-2002) at Souto Moura Arquitectos Lda. Collaboration in several projects by Souto Moura and Álvaro Siza Vieira.

Established own office in 2002 "Nuno Graça Moura, Arquitecto Un. Lda.", Porto, Portugal; Nowadays keeps working in co-authorship in several projects with Eduardo Souto de Moura. Curator of the "Souto de Moura 1980-2015" exhibition at Stiftung Insel Hombroich, Neuss, Düsseldorf, Germany, Apr. - Aug. 2015, Author of the “Souto de Moura 1980-2015” book published by Stiftung Insel Hombroich / Bund Deutscher Architekten.

Nuno Sampaio

Nuno Sampaio. Born in 1974, in Porto, Portugal. Executive Director of Casa da Arquitectura since 2014, Nuno Sampaio was a member of the National Board of the Order of Architects, from 2008 to 2010 and was jury in several architectural competitions where the 2013 FAD Awards stand out. He is president of “Urban Strategy” - Architecture and City Innovation Laboratory, since 2009 and Vice- president of the Lisbon Architecture Triennial Association (TAL) since 2010.

In parallel to the professional activity developed since 2000 in the company “Nuno Sampaio - Arquitetos”, has been creating cultural programming either as Vice President of TAL, within the scope of the Urban Strategy project and at Casa da Arquitectura.
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