The AIANY Cultural Facilities Committee presents its annual lecture on excellence in museum design, this year featuring Portuguese architect and educator Álvaro Siza.

Siza opened his practice in 1954 in Porto, beginning with four private houses. In 1966, he began teaching at the University Porto, and later at Graduate School of Design, Harvard University; the University of Pennsylvania; Los Andes University of Bogota; and the Ecole Polytechnique of Lausanne. In the 1970s, his work expanded to include several public housing projects, which brought him international attention and acclaim. Following this period, he completed several notable museum projects, namely the Galician Centre of Contemporary Art (1993) in Santiago de Compostela, Spain; the Museu Serralves (1997) in Porto; and the Iberê Camargo Museum (2008) in Porto Alegre, Brazil. Siza has been honored with the inaugural Mies van der Rohe Award for European Architecture, the Alvar Aalto Foundation Gold Medal, Prince of Wales Prize for Urban Design, and the Pritzker Architecture Prize.

For this event, Siza will focus on an individual project: the Ibere Camargo Museum in Porto Alegre, Brazil. He will revisit this award-winning project, providing a deep exploration of his process, the initial project research, and an analysis of the construction. Siza will take attendees on a journey from the initial design concepts to the final product in a way never heard before.