Alvaro SIza is the best-known living Portuguese architect. Winner of the Mies van der rohe Prize ( 1998), the Pritzker Prize (1992) and the Praemium Imperiale, is clearly a figure to be reckoned with. His very personal blend of Modernism influences and direct responses to projects has given him an international stature that extends far beyond the limited number of buildings he has designed outside Portugal. Within Portugal Alvaro Siza’s status is indicated by his recent Lisbon projects – The reconstruction of the Chiado district for example. Fundamentally Modernist and yet rooted in his country’s traditions, Alvaro siza is without any doubt one of the greatest living architects in the world.