Pessoa Award: Manuel Aires Mateus
15th December 2017, Portugal
DATE: 15/12/2017
Docomomo International congratulates Manuel Aires Mateus for the Prémio Pessoa.

"The Prémio Pessoa [Pessoa Prize] named after Fernando Pessoa, is recognized as the most important award in the area of Portuguese culture. (...) It is granted annually to the Portuguese person who during this period, and in the course of previous activity, has distinguished him or herself as a figure in scientific, artistic, or literary life."[1]

"Aires Mateus have gained international recognition for their delicate and respectful contemporary reinterpretation of Portuguese architectural tradition. After concluding their studies and training with architect Gonçalo Byrne, brothers Francisco and Manuel Aires Mateus opened their own firm in Lisbon. Their portfolio started with the small-scale residential projects for which they became best-known and has now expanded internationally, with commissions for a wide range of public and private clients.

Their work follows the trail of a previous generation of architecture masters in Portugal. Though their projects have increased in scale, they have retained a careful attention to detail and an ongoing experimental interest in innovating with light and form." [2]

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