14th IDC Keynote Speakers: Álvaro Siza and Juhani Pallasmaa

docomomo International has the pleasure to announce that the 14th International docomomo Conference –“Adaptive Reuse. The Modern Movement Towards the Future” (Lisbon, 6-9 September 2016) will be opened, on 6th September 2016, by the keynote lecture by Alvaro Siza and Juhani Pallasmaa, through an informal dialogue between the two.

Álvaro Siza
Born in Matosinhos, Porto, in 1933. He studied in the School of Fine Arts in Porto and worked with the Portuguese architect Fernando Tavora between 1955 and 1958. He taught at the School of Architecture (ESBAP) from 1966-69 and was appointed Assistant Professor of Construction in 1976. He has been a Visiting Professor at the Ecole Polythechnique of Lausanne, the University of Pennsylvania, the Los Andes School in Bogota and at the Graduate School of Design of Harvard University as Kenzo Tange Visiting Professor. He continues to teach at the Porto School of Architecture from Porto University.

Main works:
Among many current designs, 1200 homes were built in Malagueira, Evora, with the designs for the Setubal College of Education, the Porto Faculty of Architecture, the Aveiro University Library and the Santiago de Compostela University´s Faculty of Information Sciences. Designs include the Galician Museum of Contemporary Art in Santiago de Compostela, Spain, the Porto Modern Art Museum and, recently, a major mixed-use development in Boavista, Oporto. He has been co-ordinating the Schilderswijk Zone 5 Renovation Plan in The Hague, Holland, since 1985, and is drawing up a scheme for blocks 6-7-8 in Ceramique Terrein, Maastricht. He is also supervising reconstruction of the fire-damaged area of Chiado in Lisbon. Other major works include the Praca de Espanha/Avenida Malhoa Master Plan in Lisbon and the design for the Meteorological Centre of the Olympic Village in Barcelona.Â

Main awards:
The Portuguese Department of the International Association of Art Critics awarded him the Prize for Architecture in 1982. He received an Award from the Portuguese Architects Association in 1987. In 1988 he was awarded the Gold Medal for Architecture by the Colegio de Architectos, Spain, the Alvar Aalto Foundation Gold Medal, the Prince of Wales Prize in Urban Design from Harvard University, and the European Architectural Award by the EEC/Mies van der Rohe Foundation, Barcelona. In 1992 he was awarded the Pritzker Prize by the Hyatt Foundation of Chicago for his lifelong achievements. In 1993 he was awarded the National Architecture Prize by the Portuguese Architects Association. Doctor Honoris Causa by the University of Valencia (1992) and by the Ecole Polythechnique Federale of Lausanne (1993).

Juhani Pallasmaa
Born in Hämeenlinna, Finland, in 1936. Graduated from the Helsinki University of Technology in 1966. Finnish architect, educator, and critic, Architect SAFA, Hon. FAIA, Int FRIBA.
From 1991-98, Pallasmaa was dean and professor of architecture at the School of Architecture, Helsinki University of Technology. Previously, he served as rector of the Helsinki University of Applied Arts and professor of architecture at the Haile Selassie I University in Ethiopia. He has held visiting chairs of architecture at institutions in the Americas and Europe, including the University of Virginia, Catholic University of America, and Yale University. From 2001-03, Pallasmaa was the Raymond E. Maritz Visiting Professor of Architecture at Washington University; he has since continued to work with students in the Graduate School of Architecture & Urban Design’s Helsinki international semester program. Since 2008, he has served on the jury for the Pritzker Prize for Architecture.

Main works:
Pallasmaa’s architectural practice spans projects in urban design; building design; and exhibition, product, and graphic design. His built works can be found in Finland, France, Slovenia, Russia, Ethiopia, and China. In the United States, his design for the Arrival Plaza at the Cranbrook Academy greets each visitor to the historic campus. Throughout the 1970s and ’80s, Pallasmaa served as director of exhibitions and then as director overall of the Museum of Finnish Architecture, and further as state artist professor. In these roles, he organized, curated, and designed numerous exhibitions of Finnish architecture, planning, and the visual arts for national and international display, along with accompanying exhibition catalogs. Notable among these are The Language of Wood (1987) and Animal Architecture (1995). Pallasmaa is the author and editor of numerous books, including The Embodied Image (2011), The Thinking Hand (2009), Encounters: Architectural Essays (2006), The Aalto House (2003), Juhani Pallasmaa: Sensuous Minimalism (2002), The Architecture of Image (2001), The Villa Mairea (1998), The Eyes of the Skin (1996), and The Melnikov House (1996). The Eyes of the Skin, in particular, has become a standard text in studios and seminars around the world.

Main awards:
Awards for his architectural work include the 2009 Arnold W. Brunner Memorial Prize in Architecture from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, the Finnish State Architecture Award, the Helsinki City Culture Award, the Fritz Schumacher Prize, and the Russian Federation of Architecture Award. Pallasmaa is an Honorary Fellow of the American Institute of Architects and an Honorary Member of the Royal Institute of British Architects. In 1991, he was Finland’s architectural representative at the Venice Biennale.The 1999 recipient of the International Union of Architects’ Jean Tschumi Prize for architectural criticism, Pallasmaa has written and lectured extensively throughout the world for more than 40 years on architecture and the visual arts, on environmental psychology, and on cultural philosophy.