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THE ÁLVARO SIZA TALKS 2018 - Conversations on architecture
from 16 JUL 2018 to 17 JUL 2018
The Álvaro Siza Talks – Conversations on architecture

16 E 17 JUL 2018
Conversations with History 

As part of its commitment to architecture, the Serralves Museum of Contemporary Art is initiating in 2018 The Álvaro Siza Talks. This will be an annual event that brings together architects, scholars and students for the discussion of issues relevant to contemporary architecture while celebrating the spirit of Álvaro Siza's work.

The main aim of the event is the creation and exchange of architectural knowledge. Each edition will be centred around a different topic that will foster discussion and debate around architecture in connection to themes and values expressed in Álvaro Siza's work.

Siza's work continuously reminds us that every relevant contemporary work of architecture contains all the history of architecture within it. Since the beginning of his career, the presence of previous architectures could be traced in his works, but they were always deeply transformed. His work bears witness that creativity advances in all directions and that continuity is the basis for innovation in architecture.

The first edition of The Álvaro Siza Talks, Conversations with History, will thus explore how the history of architecture informs some of the best contemporary practices and how this work can also suggest new readings of history.

The opening lecture of this year's edition will be delivered by Kazuyo Sejima on Monday, July 16.

The Scientific Committee of The Álvaro Siza Talks includes Álvaro Siza, Eduardo Souto de Moura, Manuel Graça Dias, Farrokh Derakhshani (Director of the Aga Kkan Award for Architecture), João Ribas (Director of the Serralves Museum of Contemporary Art) and Carles Muro (Adjunct Curator of Architecture of the Serralves Museum of Contemporary Art).

The Álvaro Siza Talks are organized by the Serralves Foundation with the suppor of Aga Khan Foundation.

16 July
14:30 - Kazuyo Sejima

17 July
10:30 - Guido Beltramini [Director of the Centro Internazionale di Studi di Architettura Andrea Palladio, Vicenza]
11:30 - Josep Quetglas [Professor, Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya, Barcelona]*
14:30 - Inês Lobo [Inês Lobo Arquitectos, Lisboa / Curator of the Portuguese Representation at the 2012 Venice Biennale]
15:30 - Nuno Brandão Costa [Brandão Costa Arquitectos, Porto / Curator of the Portuguese Representation at the 2018 Venice Biennale]

*Presentation spoken in Spanish without translation.

Presentations spoken in English and Portuguese with simultaneous translation in Portuguese and English.

Ticket for the Siza Talks: €5 (50% discount for Students, >65 and Friends of Serralves)
Kazuyo Sejima studied architecture at the Japan Women's University, where she graduated in 1981. She collaborated with Toyo Ito before setting up her own practice in 1987. She established SANAA, with Ryue Nishizawa, in 1995. She has received many awards, including the Arnold W. Brunner Memorial Prize in 2002, the Golden Lion for the most remarkable work in the exhibition Metamorph at the 9th International Exhibition of the Venice Biennale, in 2004 and the Pritzker Architecture Prize, in 2010. She directed the 12th Architecture Exhibition at the Venice Biennale, "People meet in Architecture", in 2010.

Guido Beltramini is an architectural historian and a curator. He has been Director of the Palladio Centre in Vicenza since 1991. He has published widely on Renaissance architecture, as well as on the work of Carlo Scarpa. He was Visiting Professor at the University of Ferrara (1994–2002), at Harvard University Graduate School of Design (2015 and 2017-18) and at the Victoria and Albert Museum-Royal College of Art, in 2017. He is a curator of exhibitions, which in recent years have also been a means of further developing his Renaissance studies and in particular the network of relations between writers and artists. He has been member of the Board of Trustees of the Canadian Centre for Architecture since 2015. 
Studied at the Barcelona School of Architecture (ETSAB, UPC), where he graduated in 1973, and became a Full Professor in the History of Art and Architecture in 1988. He was a founding member and instigator of the journals "Carrer de la Ciutat" (1977-1980), "Revista Técnica" (1988-1989) and "WAM: Web Architecture Magazine". He was also founder and director of the seminal book collections "Colección de Arquilectura" and "Biblioteca de Arquitectura" and, in 2002, ."he founded "Massilia. Annuaire d'études corbuséennes." He has published "Der Gläserne Schrecken. Imágenes del Pabellón de Alemania" (1991), "Les Heures Claires. Proyecto y Arquitectura en la Villa Savoye de Le Corbusier y Pierre Jeanneret" (2004) and, more recently, "Breviario de Ronchamp" (2018).

Inês Lobo studied architecture at the Universidade Técnica de Lisboa, where she has taught sicne her graduation in 1989. She has been Visiting Professor of Architecture at the Universidade Auto?noma de Lisboa She started her own office, Inês Lobo Arquitectos, in Lisbon in 2002. She was the curator of the Portuguese Representation at the 2012 Venice Biennale. In 1999 she was awarded the title of Official of the Order of Merit by the Portuguese President; in 2013, she received the award "Women creators of Culture” and, in 2014, the international ArcVision Prize - Women and Architecture.

Nuno Brandão Costa graduated from the School of Architecture of the University of Porto (FAUP) in 1994, where he has taught architectural design since 2001. He worked with Herzog & de Meuron in Basel (1992–1993) and with José Fernando Gonçalves & Paulo Providência (1993–1997) and soon afterwards opened his own office in Porto. He received the Secil Prize (2008) and was nominated for the Mies van der Rohe Award (2008) and the BSI – Swiss Architecture Award (2012). He has been the curator, together with Sérgio Mah, of this year's Portuguese Representation at the Venice Biennale.

  • LocationSerralves Auditorium
  • Days 16 JUL 2018 - 17 JUL 2018

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