Pritzker prize-winning architect Alvaro Siza speaks at the CCA

Coinciding with the exhibition Alturas de Macchu Picchu: Martín Chambi – Álvaro Siza at Work on view at the Canadian Centre for Architecture (CCA) for an extended run until April 29, 2012, Pritzker Prize-winning architect Álvaro Siza will give a not-to-be-missed lecture on Thursday, April 26, 2012 at 7:00pm in the Paul Desmarais Theatre at the CCA. The event is a rare opportunity to hear the pre-eminent architect speak in person. Siza’s lecture focuses on his design development of the Iberê Camargo Museum in Porto Alegre, Brazil, completed in 2008 and noted for its sculptural volumes and tight integration with a coastal escarpment. As with all of Siza’s projects, hand sketches play a key role in the design process, from massing studies to fine-tuning details.

Admission is free, but seating is limited.

The Alturas de Macchu Picchu exhibition is presented in the Octagonal Gallery and curated by Fabrizio Gallanti, architect and CCA Associate Director of Programs. The show displays an original sketchbook from Portuguese architect Álvaro Siza’s 1995 trip to Macchu Picchu alongside 1920s photographs from the CCA Collection by Peruvian photographer Martín Chambi. Supplemented by documentation of Siza’s landmark social housing project in Évora, Portugal, the exhibition investigates Siza’s use of sketching both to record reality and as a design tool.

Álvaro Siza emerged in the late 1950s at the forefront of developing a Modernist architectural language adapted to the cultural and social context of Portugal. Notable projects include several social housing complexes and urban interventions, designed following the country’s return to democracy in 1974. Siza’s work has moreover achieved international recognition, with buildings realized in Germany, Spain, Holland, Italy, Argentina, Brazil, Japan and South Korea. His renown culminated in his winning the Pritzker Architecture Prize in 1992.

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