Álvaro Joaquim de Melo Siza Vieira [ Wikipedia ] is a Portuguese architect, and architectural educator. He is internationally known as Alvaro Siza and in Portugal as Siza Vieira. He is an acclaimed pritzker prize-winning architect. his most famous projects include the porto school of architecture, among others.
Siza was credited as being a successor of early modernists: the jury citation describes how “his shapes, molded by light, have a deceptive simplicity about them; they are honest.” Among his most respected works is his gravity-defying Portuguese National Pavilion for the 1998 Expo; his Fundação Iberê Camargo and Venice Biennale exhibition pavilion.
Every child likes to take a pencil to make a mark. Everybody makes beautiful things when they are three, four, or five years old. Most people lose that spontaneity; I think that always happens. Some are able to win a second spontaneity.
Tradition is important when it contains moments of change, when it is not just outward form and when it also implies an idea of what goes on inside a building, of conflicts and a potential for innovation. Otherwise tradition just means being stuck in a rut.