Álvaro Siza Vieira is the most important and influential Portuguese architect of our time. His work has been internationally recognized for more than five decades for its coherent and thoughtful response to both site and history in context. His architecture, spread across the globe, is lauded for its intuitive creative drive and innovative spatial experimentation. On the occasion of his June 18, 2013, Current Work lecture held at the Museum of Modern Art, Siza presented the evolution of his Iberê Camargo Museum in Porto Alegre, Brazil. Siza discussed the solutions he supplied for a challenging and dramatic waterfront site, as well as his pervasive use of natural light throughout the building. In the video above, watch Siza’s entire lecture, including, first, a thoughtful introduction by Kenneth Frampton, Ware Professor of Architecture at Columbia University, and afterwards, a conversation between Siza and Pedro Gadanho, Curator of Contemporary Architecture at MoMA.
The Architectural League’s Current Work series presents the work of significant international figures, who powerfully influence contemporary architectural practice and shape the future of the built environment.