awards: 2006 Pritzker Prize, Pritzker Prize
Paulo Mendes da Rocha (born October 25, 1928 in Vitória) is a Brazilian architect. He was recently honored with the 2006 Pritzker Prize, and in 2000 with the Mies van der Rohe Prize. Paulo attended the Universidade Presbiteriana Mackenzie College of Architecture, graduating in 1954. Working almost exclusively in Brazil, Mendes da Rocha has been producing buildings since 1957, many of them built in concrete, a method some call “Brazilian Brutalist” arguably allowing buildings to be constructed cheaply and quickly. He has contributed many notable cultural buildings to São Paulo, Brazil and is widely credited as enhancing and revitalizing the city. Mendes da Rocha is the second Brazilian architect to win the Pritzker Prize after Oscar Niemeyer in 1988.
Mendes da Rocha used to be Professor at Architectura College of University of São Paulo, known as FAUUSP, until 1998.
“Architecture is a human endeavor inspired by the nature all around us. We must transform nature; fuse science, art and technology into a sublime statement of human dignity.”
Paulo Mendes da Rocha