Eduardo Machado Elisio Souto de Moura was born on 25 July 1952 in Porto. He is a respected architect in the construction industry. He gained even greater fame after he was awarded Pritzker Prize in 2011.
Architectural Nobel is a fulfillment of a long-term career of Eduardo de Moura. His talent was noted as early as 1980. Then, Moura was the winner of António de Almeida Foundation. Four years later he was awarded the honor of the Foundation Antero de Quental. He was rewarded with Secil reward twice, first in 1992, and in 2004. The Portuguese gained international recognition in 1995, when he was given the title of "Stone architecture". Another success came after six years, this time Moura was awarded a gold medal of Heinrich Tessenow. The award is conferred by Alfred Toepfer Foundation. Additionally, he received seven nominations to Mies van der Rohe award.
Eduardo de Moura works in a quite unusual architectural style, since it is neo-modern regionalism and minimalism. It is characterized by a strong combination of the traits of the place, its tradition and innovative technology, created in a modernist spirit. This architect is looking for inspiration in the achievements of Mies van der Rohe, whose works are dominated by simple structure based on tradition, practicality and modernity. To the most famous works of this architect we can include the Municipal Market in Braga, the Portuguese Center of Photography in Port, detached house in Tapirze and the Center for Contemporary Art.
Eduardo Souto de Moura graduated from architecture on the Academy of Fine Arts in Porto. In 1974 he began his cooperation with Alvaro Siza and Fernando Tavor. A few years later, he has already had a separate office in Porto. Currently he is a professor of architecture at many universities. He teaches for example in Geneva, Zurich, Paris, Lausanne. In 2009, he sat on the jury of the international architectural competition, devoted to the project on the object of the Museum of Polish History in Warsaw.