Eduardo Souto de Moura

Pritzker-prize winning, Portuguese architect Eduardo Souto de Moura, received yet another laurel — the Veronica Rudge Green Prize in Urban Design at the Harvard Graduate School of Design. His design for the Metro system in Porto, Portugal garnered high praise from the jury for its eccentric design in the public realm. The second Portuguese architect to win the Pritzker, he was born in Porto and studied sculpture before switching to architecture at the University of Porto. In 2013, he also bagged the Wolf Prize for his contribution in the field of architecture. From 1974 to 1979 he worked with Alvaro Siza Vieira, who also encouraged him to start his own firm. He began his career as an independent architect in 1980. His early commissions were often modest residential houses but he soon moved on to design shopping centers, schools etc in other European nations. Between 1989 and 1997, Souto de Moura worked on the restoration of Santa Maria do Bouro, a half-destroyed 12th-century monastery in Amares. He has been a visiting professor at the architectural schools of Geneva, Paris-Belleville, Harvard University, Dublin, ETH Zurich and Lausanne.