Eduardo Souto De Moura has been announced the winner of 2019 Arnold W. Brunner Memorial Prize
Portuguese architect Eduardo Souto de Moura has been named as the 2019 Arnold W. Brunner Memorial Prize by the American Academy of Arts and Letters. Various type of award is given by this academy. These awards are given for contribution of society and this award goes to composers, artists, architects, and writers. Award money varies from $5000 to $100,000.
This award had been started since 1955. This year, Arnold W. Brunner Memorial Prize award honors over 70 composers, artists, architects, and writers.
The Arnold W. Brunner Memorial Prize is given to an architect of any nationality who has made a significant contribution to architecture as an art, with a $20,000 cash prize.
This year's winners were chosen from a group of 33 individuals and practices nominated by the members of the Academy. The jurors were Annabelle Selldorf (chair), Henry N. Cobb, Kenneth Frampton, Steven Holl, Thom Mayne, Laurie Olin, James Polshek, Billie Tsien, and Tod Williams.
Eduardo Souto de Moura's architecture "feels inevitable," said Annabelle Selldorf, and has "a timeless and profoundly humanist quality." Souto de Moura completed his architecture at the School of Fine Arts of the University of Porto, and started his career as an individual since 1980. His work is known as "distinct sense of materiality," Selldorf said and is famous for incorporating classic materials and unexpected uses of color.
Souto de Moura designed the Serpentine Gallery pavilion in 2005; he was awarded the Pritzker Architecture Prize in 2011 and the Wolf Prize in Arts in 2013. His contributions are the Estádio Municipal de Braga in Braga, Portugal (2003), the Burgo Tower in Burgo, Portugal (2007), and the Paula Rego Museum in Cascais, Portugal (2009).