Paolo Portoghesi (born 2 November 1931, Rome) is an Italian architect, theorist, historian and professor of architecture at the University La Sapienza in Rome. He is a former President of the architectural section of the Venice Biennale (1979–92), Editor-in-chief of the journal Controspazio (1969–83), and dean of the Faculty of Architecture at the Politecnico di Milano university (1968–78).
Portoghesi studied architecture at the Faculty of Architecture at the 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.
He has specialized 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 Neo-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).
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)
- 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)
- La piazza Leon Battista Alberti, Rimini (1990)
- Church of Santa Maria della Pace, Terni (1997)
- Grande Mosque, Strasburg, France (2000)
- 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, Shangai, China (2006)
- Strasbourg Mosque, due for completion 2010
- Cimitero Nuovo di Cesena, 2011
- Honoris Causa in Technical Sciences from the University of Lausanne, Switzerland
- Legion d'Honneur, France.
- Christian Norberg-Schulz, Alla ricerca dell'architettura perduta, Rome 1982
- G.C. Priori, L'architettura ritrovata, Rome 1985
- G.C. Priori, Paolo Portoghesi, Bologna 1985
- M. Pisani, Dialogo con Paolo Portoghesi, Rome 1989
- P. Zermani, Paolo Portoghesi a Palazzo Farnese, Parma 1990
- M. Pisani, Paolo Portoghesi, Milan 1992
- G.C. Argan et al., Il punto su Paolo Portoghesi, Rome 1993
- C. Di Stefano and D. Scatena, Paolo Portoghesi designer, Rome 1998
- C. Di Stefano and D. Scatena, Paolo Portoghesi architetto, Rome 1999
- Paolo Portoghesi, After modern architecture, New York, Rizoli, 1982
- Stanley J. Grenz, A Primer on Postmodernism, Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Company, 1996.
- Paolo Portoghesi, Nature and Architecture, Skira, Milan, 2000.
- Paolo Portoghesi and Fulvio Irace (eds), Emilio Ambasz: A Technological Arcadia, Skira, Milan, 2005.
Benjamin Chavardés, Paolo Portoghesi et la voie post-moderne : le débat architectural dans l'Italie de la seconde moitié du XXe siècle, thèse de doctorat en Architecture, Université de Montpellier III Paul Valéry, 2014.