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Álvaro Siza speaks at the University of Toronto

September 25, 2015
Convocation Hall, University of Toronto, 31 King's College Circle, Toronto, Ontario

The John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape and Design in collaboration with the Canadian Centre for Architecture in Montreal (CCA) announces a presentation by Álvaro Siza at 6:00pm at Convocation Hall, University of Toronto on Friday, September 25, 2015. This is a very rare opportunity for those interested in architecture and cities, including students and design professionals, to hear the renowned Pritzker-Prize winning architect reflect on his inspiring career and work. Álvaro Siza emerged in the late 1950s at the forefront of a generation of architects, Modernist in sensibility but attuned to new ways to responding to history and context. Siza’s work adapted to the cultural and social context of Portugal and was at the forefront of shifting sensibilities across Europe. Drawing on both local building traditions and diverse international influences, such as the work of the Viennese Adolf Loos, the American Frank Lloyd Wright, the Finn Alvar Aalto, and the Modernist German masters Hugo Haring, Bruno Taut and Hans Scharoun, Siza injected a uniquely plastic, yet disciplined and sensitive modern architecture into the traditional fabric of Portuguese cities and towns. He has subsequently brought this sensibility to bear in numerous international commissions. Siza’s lecture in Toronto will focus on two projects aimed a transforming the city of Porto, projects which have influenced the way a generation of architects have thought about working on cities. This is a free but ticketed event. Attendees must RSVP at Eventbrite at the link below, and must arrive before 5:45pm to claim their seat.

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