Paulo Mendes da Rocha

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Mendes da Rocha Residence, at São Paulo, Brazil, 1960.  at ArchWeek AW FREE TRIAL IMAGE
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Patriarch Plaza and Viaduct do Cha, at São Paulo, Brazil, 1992.  at ArchWeek
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Vigo University Master Plan, at Vigo, Spain, 2004.  at ArchWeek
Government Services Center, at Itaquera, São Paulo, Brazil, 1998.

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Paulo Mendes da Rocha

(b. Vitoria, Espírito Santo, Brazil, October 25, 1928)

"Paulo Mendes da Rocha of Sao Paulo, Brazil, inspired by the principles and language of modernism, as well as through his bold use of simple materials, has over the past six decades produced buildings with a deep understanding of the poetics of space. He modifies the landscape and space with his architecture, striving to meet both social and aesthetic human needs.

"Whether individual homes or apartments, to a church, sports stadium, art museum, kindergarten, furniture showroom or public plaza, Mendes da Rocha has devoted his career to the creation of architecture guided by a sense of responsibility to the inhabitants of his projects as well as to a broader society."

— from the statement of the 2006 Pritzker Prize jury.

"It is not impossible to create generous architecture even in situations with minimum resources and numerous constraints. What one needs is a largeness of vision and a desire to create something that people can touch, feel, and in which they can participate. This is the message that Paulo Mendes da Rocha gives through his daring, raw, and impressive work to all those throughout the world who seek to maintain their identities and yet have a global consciousness."

Balkrishna Doshi, Pritzker Juror, 2006.

"I worked on several jobs in the city of São Paulo and gradually made many friends there. Cecilia Scharlach, Maria Amelia melo, Helio Penteaedo, Helio Pasta, Paulo Mendes da Rocha, Ubirajara Giglioli, Ruy Ohtake, Eduardo Corona, Ciro Pirondi, and Fernando Lemos are, among many others, the people I like and greatly admire in São Paulo."

Oscar Niemeyer. The Curves of Time: the memoirs of Oscar Niemeyer.

The Creator's Words

“…the transformation of nature, a total fusion of science, art and technology in a sublime statement of human dignity and intelligence through the settlements we build for ourselves…”

— Paulo Mendes da Rocha.


Recipient of the Pritzker Architecture Prize, 2006

Resources Sources on Paulo Mendes da Rocha

"Paulo Mendes da Rocha Pritzker Prize", by ArchitectureWeek, ArchitectureWeek No. 282, 2006.0412, p1.

Oscar Niemeyer. The Curves of Time: the memoirs of Oscar Niemeyer. London: Phaidon, 2000. ISBN 0-7148-4007-6. mentioned briefly, p134. — Available at   Find books about Paulo Mendes da Rocha

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