President Barack Obama Salutes Eduardo Souto de Moura: Winner of Top Architecture Prize

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WASHINGTON (AP).- President Barack Obama praised the winner of a top architecture prize Thursday for embodying a style that is, in his words, as “effortless as it is beautiful.” Obama lauded Eduardo Souto de Moura of Portugal at an awards ceremony where de Moura was receiving the 2011 Pritzker Architecture Prize. The esteemed prize is often referred to as the Nobel Prize for architecture. De Moura has won acclaim for his careful use of natural materials and unexpected dashes of color. He has designed homes, hotels, museums, sports facilities and other structures, mainly in his native country but also elsewhere in Europe. “His simple shapes and clean lines