Souta de Moura defies critics and accepts Israel’s Wolf Prize

Eduardo Souto de Moura (seated first from the left) and Israel's President Shimon Peres

Portuguese architect Eduard Souto de Moura received the prestigious Wolf Prize in Architecture at a private ceremony held at the Knesset, the Israeli Parliament building, on 5 May. In the months leading up to the event,  a group of architects organized under the banner of Architects & Planners for Justice in Palestine (APJP) urged Souto de Moura to reject the prize but that was not to be.   In his acceptance speech Souta de Moura said he was saddened by this action of his friends and he went on to say that his name roughly translated means love.

Souto de Mouro was awarded the Wolf Prize for “the advancement of architectural knowledge in showing how buildings can philiosophically and experientially engage with the natural world, and for his exceptional skills as a designer.”  He is the 13th architect ever to be honored with the prize which was founded in 1978.

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