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Meet this year's Pritzker Architecture Prize winner

Portugal's Eduardo Souto de Moura will be given the prestigious award in Washington DC on June 2

Meet this year's Pritzker Architecture Prize winner
Eduardo Souto de Moura, a 58 year old architect from Portugal, is the jury’s choice for the 2011 Pritzker Architecture Prize. The formal ceremony for what has come to be known throughout the world as architecture’s highest honor will be in one of Washington, DC’s finest classical buildings, the Andrew W Mellon Auditorium on June 2 (Photos: Luis Ferreira Alves/ Courtesy: Eduardo Souto de Moura)
Meet this year's Pritzker Architecture Prize winner
The purpose of the Pritzker Architecture Prize, which was founded in 1979, is to honour annually a living architect whose built work demonstrates a combination of qualities of talent, vision and commitment, which has produced consistent and significant contributions to humanity and the built environment through the art of architecture. The laureates receive a $100,000 grant and a bronze medallion. Above: 1981-91 “Casa das Artes”, S.E.C. Cultural Centre, Porto, Portugal, designed by Souto de Moura (Photos: Luis Ferreira Alves/ Courtesy: Eduardo Souto de Moura)
Meet this year's Pritzker Architecture Prize winner
Since forming his own office in 1980, Souto de Moura has completed well over sixty projects, most in his native Portugal, but he has designs in Spain, Italy, Germany, United Kingdom and Switzerland. The projects include single family homes, a cinema, shopping centers, hotels, apartments, offices, art galleries and museums, schools, sports facilities and subways. Click on to see some of the architect's famous works. [Above: 1981-91 “Casa das Artes”, S.E.C. Cultural Centre, Porto, Portugal, designed by Souto de Moura (Photos: Luis Ferreira Alves/ Courtesy: Eduardo Souto de Moura)]
Meet this year's Pritzker Architecture Prize winner
1981-91 “Casa das Artes”, S.E.C. Cultural Centre, Porto, Portugal (Photos: Luis Ferreira Alves/ Courtesy: Eduardo Souto de Moura)
Meet this year's Pritzker Architecture Prize winner
1989-94 - House in “Bom Jesus”, Braga, Portugal (Photos: Luis Ferreira Alves/ Courtesy: Eduardo Souto de Moura)
Meet this year's Pritzker Architecture Prize winner
1989-94 - House in “Bom Jesus”, Braga, Portugal (Photos: Luis Ferreira Alves/ Courtesy: Eduardo Souto de Moura)
Meet this year's Pritzker Architecture Prize winner
(Photos: Luis Ferreira Alves/ Courtesy: Eduardo Souto de Moura)
Meet this year's Pritzker Architecture Prize winner
1989-97 Conversion of the Santa Maria do Bouro Convent into a State Inn, Amares, Portugal (Photos: Luis Ferreira Alves/ Courtesy: Eduardo Souto de Moura)
Meet this year's Pritzker Architecture Prize winner
1989-97 Conversion of the Santa Maria do Bouro Convent into a State Inn, Amares, Portugal (Photos: Luis Ferreira Alves/ Courtesy: Eduardo Souto de Moura)
Meet this year's Pritzker Architecture Prize winner
1989-97 Conversion of the Santa Maria do Bouro Convent into a State Inn, Amares,\nPortugal (Photos: Luis Ferreira Alves/ Courtesy: Eduardo Souto de Moura)
Meet this year's Pritzker Architecture Prize winner
1989-97 Conversion of the Santa Maria do Bouro Convent into a State Inn, Amares,\nPortugal (Photos: Luis Ferreira Alves/ Courtesy: Eduardo Souto de Moura)
Meet this year's Pritzker Architecture Prize winner
Burgo Tower in Porto, Portugal (Photos: Luis Ferreira Alves/ Courtesy: Eduardo Souto de Moura)
Meet this year's Pritzker Architecture Prize winner
Burgo Tower in Porto, Portugal (Photos: Luis Ferreira Alves/ Courtesy: Eduardo Souto de Moura)
Meet this year's Pritzker Architecture Prize winner
1994-2002. House in Serra da Arrábida, Portugal (Photos: Luis Ferreira Alves/ Courtesy: Eduardo Souto de Moura)
Meet this year's Pritzker Architecture Prize winner
1994-2002. House in Serra da Arrábida, Portugal (Photos: Luis Ferreira Alves/ Courtesy: Eduardo Souto de Moura)
Meet this year's Pritzker Architecture Prize winner
(Photos: Luis Ferreira Alves/ Courtesy: Eduardo Souto de Moura)
Meet this year's Pritzker Architecture Prize winner
1994-2002. House in Serra da Arrábida, Portugal (Photos: Luis Ferreira Alves/ Courtesy: Eduardo Souto de Moura)
Meet this year's Pritzker Architecture Prize winner
1997-2005 - Architectural Project for the Porto Metro (subway) Porto, Portugal (Photos: Luis Ferreira Alves/ Courtesy: Eduardo Souto de Moura)
Meet this year's Pritzker Architecture Prize winner
1997-2005 - Architectural Project for the Porto Metro (subway) Porto, Portugal (Photos: Luis Ferreira Alves/ Courtesy: Eduardo Souto de Moura)
Meet this year's Pritzker Architecture Prize winner
1997-2005 - Architectural Project for the Porto Metro (subway) Porto, Portugal (Photos: Luis Ferreira Alves/ Courtesy: Eduardo Souto de Moura)
Meet this year's Pritzker Architecture Prize winner
1998-2003 - Cinema House for Manoel de Oliveira Oporto, Portugal (Photos: Luis Ferreira Alves/ Courtesy: Eduardo Souto de Moura)
Meet this year's Pritzker Architecture Prize winner
2000-2003. Architecture project for the Braga Stadium\nBraga, Portugal (Photos: Luis Ferreira Alves/ Courtesy: Eduardo Souto de Moura)
Meet this year's Pritzker Architecture Prize winner
2000-2003. Architecture project for the Braga Stadium\nBraga, Portugal (Photos: Luis Ferreira Alves/ Courtesy: Eduardo Souto de Moura)
Meet this year's Pritzker Architecture Prize winner
2005-2009 Paula Rêgo Museum - Cascais, Portugal (Photos: Luis Ferreira Alves/ Courtesy: Eduardo Souto de Moura)
Meet this year's Pritzker Architecture Prize winner
(Photos: Luis Ferreira Alves/ Courtesy: Eduardo Souto de Moura)