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Paulo David, Architect, Funchal, Portugal

Eleventh recipient of the Alvar Aalto Medal, Paulo David is based in Funchal - on the Madeira archipelago in Portugal. After graduating from the Universidade Técnica de Lisboa, David went to work for architect João Luis Carrilho da Graça. He followed it by working for ten years with Gonçalo Byrne, where he developed a number of projects in Madeira. His works, mostly in the volcanic island of Funchal, come across as his way of respecting history, time, place, culture and technology. His architecture has come to be known as timeless architecture that reflects the power of Madeira`s tough physical terrain. His works in diverse scales ranging from single family homes to art galleries and museums, settle harmoniously into the landscape of the city over and above being powerful pieces of architecture in themselves.

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