Matosinhos, Portugal 1933
From 1949-55 he studied at the School of Architecture, University of Porto. His first built project was finished in 1954.
From 1955-58 he was collaborator of Arch. Fernando Távora. He taught at the School of Architecture (ESBAP) from 1966-69 and was appointed Professor of "Construction" in 1976. He was a Visiting Professor at the Ècole Polythéchnique of Lausanne, the University of Pennsylvania, Los Andes University of Bogotá and the Graduate School of Design of Harvard University; Honorary Professor at Southeast University China and China Academy of Art. he taught at the School of Architecture of Porto (jubilate in 2003).
Siza Vieira has a variety of titles all over the world, becoming a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, “Honorary Fellow” from RIBA/Royal Institute of British Architects, member of BDA/ Bund Deutcher Architekten, member from Académie d’Architecture de France, from Royal Swedish Academy of Fine Arts, from IAA/International Academy of Architecture and National Geographic, Portugal.
Álvaro Siza Viera has won several prizes during his career, such as the "European Award of Architecture" by the Economic European Comunity/ Mies van der Rohe Foundation or the Medal of Cultural Merit from Ministry of Culture in Portugal. In 1992 he was awarded the Pritzker Prize by the Hyatt Foundation of Chicago for his entire work.
In 2010, received the Mediterraneo award for Architecture 2009 by Fondazione Mediterraneo, Naples; International award 2010 from Fundación Cristóbal Gabarrón, Valladolid; award luso-spanish art and culture by Ministry of Culture, Spain and the UIA Gold Medal on the 24th World Congress of Architecture in Japan.