The Álvaro Siza archive

Álvaro Siza has donated his architectural archive to the Canadian Centre for Architecture and specific project archives to the Fundação de Serralves and Fundação Gulbenkian.

The Álvaro Siza archive
Portuguese architect Álvaro Siza, recipient of the Pritzker Prize, has donated a large part of his architectural archive to the Canadian Centre for Architecture, Montréal (CCA).
Siza announced his decision to place the material in the care of the CCA in order to foster discussion and dialogue in a research-oriented context.
In addition to the archive at the CCA, Siza is donating specific project archives to the Fundação de Serralves and Fundação Gulbenkian in Portugal. Siza selected which projects would be held in which location, combining the need for national representation of his work with international access. The three institutions will collaborate on a consistent cataloguing of the material and the sharing of the related research and programming.
Siza archive
Top and above: Álvaro-Siza-Promenade, Weil am Rhein, Germany © Vitra

“During the last years I have sensed the need to organize the archive of my many years of activity dedicated to architecture. The demand of students and architects to consult these files, and the suggestions I have received on how to make these documents accessible, has led me to seek a well-considered solution. During this process the strong interest on the part of individuals and institutions was confirmed, which has touched and motivated me.

For some time now, drawings and models from my archive can be found in architecture collections in Paris (Beaubourg), New York (MoMA), and London (Niall Hobhouse Collection). It is my desire that so many years of work can become useful in many ways, as a contribution to the research and debate on architecture, particularly in Portugal and with a perspective opposed to isolation – as it is already taking place today and this is indispensable. I initiated some conversations, I listened to recommendations, and I have now formed my own idea on the way my archive should be organized, and how and where to locate it.” Álvaro Siza, 23 July 2014

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