Álvaro Joaquim de Melo Siza Vieira was born in 1933 in Matosinhos, near Porto. From 1949 to 1955 he attended the Faculty of Architecture at the University of Porto. Between 1966 and 1969 he taught at the School of Fine Arts in Porto, and in 1976 he was awarded the title of professor in the discipline of Construction, after that he teaches at the Faculty of Architecture in Porto. He is an honorary professor at Southeast University China and the China Academy of Art as well as an honorary partner of the Academy Schools of Architecture and Urbanism of Portuguese language. Many of his works can be found in Porto: Boa Nova Tea House (1963), the Faculty of Architecture (1987-93), Serralves Museum of Contemporary Art (1997). From 1995 to 2009 he worked on the project of the Museum of Architecture on the island of Hombroich in collaboration with Rudolf Finsterwalder. In July 2014 Siza announced his decision to donate the majority of his archive to the Canadian Centre for Architecture (CCA) in Montreal, Quebec - Canada, to make his materials accessible alongside the work of other modern and contemporary architects.

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