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Paulo Mendes da Rocha

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Nationality  Brazilian
Spouse  Helene Afanasieff
Role  Architect
Name  Paulo da
Occupation  Architect

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Born  25 October 1928 (age 87) (1928-10-25) Vitoria, Espirito Santo, Brazil
Alma mater  Universidade Presbiteriana Mackenzie
Buildings  Serra Dourada Stadium, Gymnasium in the Paulistano Athletics Club, Pinacoteca do Estado
Education  Mackenzie Presbyterian University (1954)
Structures  Pinacoteca do Estado de Sao Paulo, Estadio Serra Dourada
Books  Museu de Arte Moderna Rio de Janeiro: Architecture and Construction
Awards  Pritzker Architecture Prize
Similar People  Joao Batista Vilanova, Lina Bo Bardi, Oscar Niemeyer, Affonso Eduardo Reidy, Eduardo Souto de Moura

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Paulo Mendes da Rocha (born October 25, 1928 in Vitória (ES)) is a Brazilian architect.


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Mendes da Rocha 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 Brutalism", arguably allowing buildings to be constructed cheaply and quickly. He has contributed many notable cultural buildings to São Paulo and is widely credited as enhancing and revitalizing the city.

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Mendes da Rocha was Professor at the Architecture College of University of São Paulo, known as FAU-USP, until 1998. His work is influenced by Brazilian architect Vilanova Artigas, from the paulist Brazilian School. He was honored with the Mies van der Rohe Prize (2000), the Pritzker Prize (2006) and the Venice Biennale Golden Lion for lifetime achievement (2016)

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