"Architecture does not wish to be functional but just suitable". Paulo Mendes da Rocha is one of Brazil's greatest contemporary architects and started his brilliant career at the end of the Fifties. His conception of architecture and design is both modernistic and humanistic. Paulo Mendes is probably the most representative architect of the Brazilian Paulista School. This 'Paulista Brutalism' style utilizes geometric lines, rough finishes and bulky massing. In 2006 he won the Pritzker Prise. Next to the numerous phenomenal buildings he designed, he is also the originator of the Paulistano chair, a timeless masterpiece.