Paolo Portoghesi  

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"Those who fear a wave of permissiveness would do well to remember that the ironic use of quotation and the archaeological artifact as an objet trouvé are discoveries of the figurative avant-garde of the twenties --that have landed on the island of architecture sixty years late." --Postmodern, the Architecture of the Post-industrial Society (1983) by Paolo Portoghesi

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Paolo Portoghesi (1931 – 2023) was an Italian architect and writer on architecture.


Portoghesi studied architecture at the Faculty of Architecture at the Sapienza University of Rome, completing his studies in 1957. He began teaching the history of criticism at the same faculty in 1961. Portoghesi opened an architectural practice with architect-engineer Vittorio Gigliotti (born 1921) in Rome in 1964.

Portoghesi specialised in teaching and researching Classical architecture, especially Baroque architecture, and in particular Borromini, but also Michelangelo. His interest in more contemporary architecture coincided largely with that of his colleague in Rome, Bruno Zevi, in championing a more organic form of modernism, evident in, for instance, the work of Victor Horta and Frank Lloyd Wright, and in Italy with neorealism and the Liberty style. This attitude has continued throughout Portoghesi's career, and is clearly visible in his own architecture. It is also evident in his concern for the studies of nature, brought to the fore in his more recent book Nature and Architecture (2000).

Portoghesi died on 30 May 2023, at the age of 91.

Pages linking in at time of death

Accademia delle Arti del Disegno, Alcamo, Alessandro Specchi, American University of Rome, Architectural theory, Armando Brasini, Basil Al Bayati, Basilica of Santa Maria Assunta, Alcamo, Borgo Nuovo (Rome), Carlo Marchionni, Casa del Fascio (Como), Culture of Rome, Documenta 5, Ermin Smrekar, Ettore Sottsass, Filippo Cannata, Franco Purini, Germano Celant, Giancarlo De Carlo, Giuseppe Rizzo (priest), Italian modern and contemporary architecture, Lamberto Tronchin, List of Italian architects, Luciano Frigerio, Michael Graves, Mosque of Rome, Palazzo del Governatore di Borgo, Palazzo Sacchetti, Postmodern architecture, Rem Koolhaas, Strasbourg Mosque, Venice Biennale of Architecture, Venice Biennale, Via Giulia

Selection of projects and works

  • Casa Baldi, Rome (1959)
  • Casa Andreis Scandriglia (1964)
  • Casa Bevilacqua (1964)
  • Theatre of Cagliari (1965)
  • Casa Papanice Roma (1966)
  • Church of Sacra Famiglia, Salerno (1969)
  • The Grand Hotel, Khartoum, Sudan (1972–73)
  • Royal Court, Amman, Jordan (1973)
  • Mosque of Rome (1974)
  • Academy of Fine Arts, L'Aquila (1978–82)
  • ENEL Condominium, Tarquinia (1981)
  • Centola Palinuro (Salerno, Italy) Town Plan (Piano Regolatore)(1984)
  • Tegel residence, IBA Berlin, Germany (1984–88)
  • Le terme di Montecatini, Pistoia (1987)
  • The Politeama Theatre, Catanzaro (1988)
  • The garden and library of Calcata (1990)
  • The Letto di Ulisse , created by Savio Firmino for the Abitare il Tempo exhibition (1992)
  • La piazza Leon Battista Alberti, Rimini (1990)
  • Chapel of Don Giuseppe Rizzo, Alcamo (1995)
  • Church of Santa Maria della Pace, Terni (1997)
  • The Rinascimento in Talenti park, Rome (2001)
  • The Montpellier Gardens (Lattes), France
  • The Central American Parliament, Esquipulas, Guatemala
  • The Primavera restaurant, Moscow, Russia
  • Town Hall square, Pirmasens, Germany.
  • Headquarters of the Royalties Institute, St. Peter's College, Oxford, UK
  • Public square, Shanghai, China (2006)
  • Strasbourg Mosque, 2011
  • Cimitero Nuovo di Cesena, 2011

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