Call for Chief Curator—Lisbon Architecture Triennale 2013

Lisbon Architecture Triennale

May 31, 2011

Call for Chief Curator
Lisbon Architecture Triennale 2013

Applications are now being invited for the role of the Chief Curator for the 3rd Lisbon Architecture Triennale 2013.

Oct 2013 | Jan 2014

Submissions by 28/08/2011

Following the 1st edition in 2007: Urban Voids, commissioned to a collective of curators, and the 2nd edition in 2010: Let’s talk about Houses, chief curated by Delfim Sardo, the Lisbon Architecture Triennale now seeks a new Chief Curator for its 3rd edition in 2013 to take place between October 2013 and January 2014 in the city of Lisbon.

The Lisbon Architecture Triennale Association is a not-for-profit organisation, founded in 2006. The first two Triennale editions have been officially recognised and acknowledged by the Presidency of the Portuguese Republic and the Ministry of Culture as events of cultural relevance. As the most significant architectural event in the Iberian Peninsula, the Lisbon Architecture Triennale aims to establish itself as a wide forum of debate, reflection, prospect and promotion of architecture, from territorial to building scales, discussing issues of contemporary architecture, starting from the principle that architectural practice is a fundamental expression of the creation of place, the construction of an integrating sense of citizenship, and cultural affirmation. 

A shared goal of taking the event beyond the restrictive scope of architects, placing the discourse (in exhibitions, publications, conferences, competitions, educational services and associated events) in a communicational field conceived to reach several age groups and visitors from different areas of interest was established and confirmed in the first two editions (2010: 152.000 visitors; 2007: 50.000 visitors).

Besides the different concepts underlying each edition, their contents’ pertinence or the higher scientific and artistic levels necessary for the events, we consider to be of the utmost importance the assurance of an adequate communicational efficiency, as well as a character expressive enough to captivate and persuade a diverse audience.

The Chief Curator is to develop the general concept starting from the theme of “Density / Intensity” or present an alternative proposal for the 3rd edition of the Lisbon Architecture Triennale, consisting of:

Three main exhibitions in Lisbon and one satellite exhibition in Oporto;
One exhibition as a satellite event outside Portugal (in collaboration with international partner institutions in one of the following cities: New York, Berlin, London, Beijing or Shanghai);
Two international architecture (idea-) competitions, both for professionals and architecture students;
A series of bilingual publications – pt. & en. (catalogues, short guides, films, audio books, etc);
Accompanying educational services and programmes;
An international conference (2 or 3-day event with around 20 speakers/moderators);
A selection of associated events within the city of Lisbon held by local institutions related to architecture and trans-disciplinary fields;
An international graphic design competition by invitation;
Competitions for exhibition architecture;
A closing conference for the entire event.

The successful applicant shall fulfil the job based partly or temporarily in Lisbon, as required by the project’s evolution and mutually agreed between the commissioner and the chief curator. The contract starts on November 15, 2011 (negotiable) and ends with the closing conference in January 2014.

Proposals are invited from individuals as well as collectives of any nationality and country of residence. 

For further and detailed information about the Lisbon Architecture Triennale, on terms & conditions and submission requirements, please visit our site:

All applications fulfilling the submission requirements must be sent by 28 August 2011, by email to: [email protected]

All candidates submitting an application are requested to register on:


Launch Open Call                                                                              
31 May 2011

Closing deadline for all applications                                                     
28 August 2011

Notification of short-listed candidates                                    
19 September 2011               

Interviews in Lisbon with 3 (max. 5) short-listed candidates  
29, 30 September and 1 October 2011

Announcement of new Chief Curator                                    
11 October 2011 

Further information or questions:
Curatorial Department & Programme
Julia Albani,  [email protected]

Travessa do Alecrim nº1, 1ºEsq
1200-019 Lisboa, Portugal