Alvaro Joaquim Melo Siza Vieira was born in Matosinhos, near the city of Porto, in 1933. From 1949 to 1955 Alvaro Siza studied at the School of Architecture, at the University of Porto. His first building project was finished in 1954. From 1955 to 1958 he was co-designer of the Architect Fernando Tavora. He taught at the School of Architecture (ESBAP) from 1966-1969 and he was appointed Professor of "Construction" in 1976. He has been Visiting Professor at the Ecole Polytechnique of Lausanne, the University of Pennsylvania, Los Andes University of Bogota and the Graduate School of Design in Harvard University.