The Lisbon Architecture Triennale is a non-profit association whose mission is to research, foster and promote architectural thinking and practice. It holds a major forum every three years for the debate, discussion and dissemination of architecture across geographic and disciplinary boundaries. The first Triennale, "Urban Voids" took place in 2007 with a programme of international exhibitions, competitions and conferences drawing 52,000 visitors and participants. In 2010, its second edition "Let’s Talk About Houses" consolidated the Triennale’s presence in the circuit of events devoted to architecture with an estimated 154,000 attendees. Now, from its new headquarters in the Sinel de Cordes Palace, where a creative cluster is being established, the Triennale organizes as well "Intervalo", a programme which happens between each edition of the Triennale event.
The Lisbon Architecture Triennale was distinguished in its three editions (2007,  2010 and 2013) with the High Patronage of His Excellency the President of the Portuguese Republic and since 2010, it was also awarded the status of Cultural Interest by the Ministry of Culture.


The Lisbon Architecture Triennale is one of the key elements of a vaster programme that will be operating from the Sinel de Cordes Palace, located in Campo de Santa Clara (near Feira da Ladra, Lisbon’s Flea Market). The property of the Municipality of Lisbon, the Triennale has been granted use of the building as part of a strategy for creating a new creative hub in the city. In this way, we carry on the mission of fostering discussion between the different groups involved in conceptualizing, programming, practicing and critiquing architecture, landscape architecture and urban planning. Architects, artists, architecture students, philosophers, economists, journalists, antropologist, politicians and authors from across the country are invited to take part in this ongoing, expanding work dynamic.

The Sinel de Cordes Palace, a palatial construction from the mid 18th century, was built by the Sinel de Cordes family. According to geneologic research, this family descended from the Flemish nobility took up residence in Lisbon following the 1755 earthquake. 

In the mid 19th century, the building was acquired by the 1st Viscount Correia Godinho. At the start of the 20th century, when it was home to the Italian Legation, a violent fire destroyed most of its interior, which would later be reconstructed. In the 1930s up until 2006, the Palace functioned as an elementary school. It would remain closed until 2012, when the arrival of the Triennale prompted a rekindling of public and institutional interest for this striking building.

Rehabilitation, Conservation and Restoration of Sinel de Cordes Palace

Technical Team / Technical Partners

Architecture and Coordination
FSSMGN arquitectos lda
Margarida Grácio Nunes, Architect

A2P – Consult, Estudos e Projectos, Lda.
João Appleton, Civil Engineer

Landscape architecture
GLOBAL – Arquitectura Paisagista, Lda.
João Gomes da Silva, Landscpae architect

Water distribution, fire fighting facilities and waste water treatment
ECOSERVIÇOS – Gestão de Sistemas Ecológicos, Lda.
João de Quinhones Levy, Civil Engineer specialized in Sanitation Engineering

Electrical installations, telecommunications and security
Thermal behaviour
EACE – Engenheiros Associados Consultores em Engenharia, Lda.
João Caxaria, Electrical engineer

Historical research
José Monterroso Teixeira, Museologist and Historian

Conservation and restoration
ARGO | Arte, Património & Cultura
Miguel Cordeiro, Architect
Pedro Serra, Conservation and restoration

Architecture photography
FG+SG fotografia de arquitectura
Fernando Guerra
Sérgio Guerra

Measurement and Budgeting
DIBATO – Medição e Certificação
António Pyrrait


Survey of the building
(with the support of André Flores Ribeiro)
Ana Cristina Duarte, Maria Beatriz de Vilhena, Mariana Fernandes Marques, José Maria Gonçalves Vieira, Leonardo Semedo, Pedro Sacramento, Rodrigo Gorjão Henriques, Tomás Cruz and Vasco Lima Mayer.

Nuno Castro Caldas, Ana Cristina Duarte, José Maria Gonçalves Vieira, Maria Freire de Andrade, Rodrigo Gorjão Henriques and Tomás Cruz.

Models and mock-ups
Nuno Castro Caldas, Ana Cristina Duarte, Emanuela Mendes, João Pedro Cavaco, José Maria Gonçalves Vieira, Márcia Saldanha, Renato Monteiro, Rodrigo Gorjão Henriques and Tomás Cruz.

To became a partner of the rehabilitation of the palace please contact:
Joana Salvado
+351 213 467 378


Executive Team



Manuel Henriques
Deputy Director

Lisbon, 1975. Architect. He was a consultant in Architecture and Design at the Directorate-General for the Arts (Ministry of Culture - Portugal) from 2003 to 2011, having coordinated the official Portuguese representations at the Venice and São Paulo Architecture Biennials; produced the exhibitions Siza Redux Modern in São Paulo and Architectures on Stage for the Prague Quadrennial (Gold Medal 2007); presided over several committees in assessing the financial support programs for artistic projects. He has collaborated with Inés Lobo Architects in Portugal and Diener & Diener Architekten in Basel. Worked for Experimentadesign in 2001-2003. Co-curated and produced two exhibitions of contemporary Portuguese art in San Francisco, while co-directing ZDB Gallery - Lisbon. Works on many fronts of creation and production, collaborating regularly with architects, artists, filmmakers and performers, as an active player on stage or on backstage. Executive Director at Lisbon Architecture Triennale since September 2011.

Helena Soares
Management Assistant

Braga 1980. Graduated in International Relations, by Minho University, and holds two postgraduates, one in Human Rights and Democracy, by Coimbra University, and another in Social Economics by Minho University. Did her internship at the Portuguese National Defence Institute and at the Information Center of United Nations, in Lisbon. Worked for AMI Foundation as a management assistant and as marketing project manager. Also worked as an International Relations officer at the Portuguese Social Security Institute and as an account manager at an ICT company.

Sara Battesti
Communication and Press Coordinator

Lisbon, 1972. BA in Public Relations and Advertising (INP) starts her career in haute couture in Paris with Thierry Mugler. Returns to Portugal and works first as a Media planner, then as a strategist and Accounts supervisor at an advertising agency for several clients including Beiersdorf and Volvo. In 2003, joined the Biennial Experimentadesign (EXD) team as coordinator of the Communication department collaborating in many different projects, editorials, contests (DW 2.0) and exhibition projects (Line Watermark, Transit, Voyager National Tour). In 2008, is responsible for the communication strategy for the launch of Experimenta in Amsterdam working with international design studios (Kessels Kramer, The Designers Republic), and the relaunch of EXD with the retrospective exhibition of Peter Zumthor. Until mid-2012 is part of the experimentadesign team and collaborates in the dissemination of timely exhibitions and festivals of POGO association.

Isabel Antunes
Production Coordinator

Aveiro, 1976. Degree in Industrial Design at Faculty of Architecture, Lisbon Technical University. Since 1998 she has been a production and project manager, particularly in the areas of exhibition, product and interior design, as well as fine arts. For several years she was a project manager at Cenycet, and also accompanied the production and installation of several events, including design furniture, commercial spaces and television/advertising sets. As a designer, she developed projects for professional sound companies like MK2 and Dizplay. Worked in several Lisbon Fashion Week events as project developer for Designer Miguel Vieira Baptista. Collaborated on several occasions with various industrial designers. Executive producer of events such as the industrial design exhibition "97", with the support of Cristina Guerra Contemporary Art Gallery, and fine arts exhibition "Terminal", promoted by Plano 21 Association. She was responsible for the executive production and financial management of the project "Lápis", curated by designer Miguel Vieira Baptista. Also worked as a producer on several editions of the Biennale experimentadesign.

Liliana Lino
Assistant Producer

Santa Maria da Feira, 1989. Trained in Interior and Furniture Design at Escola Superior de Artes Aplicadas, Instituto Politécnico de Castelo Branco. Participated in the Erasmus Programme at Milan Polytechnic Design School and was intern at Neil Wilson Design in Newcastle Upon Tyne, England. Currently attending the Museology and Museography Master at Faculdade de Belas Artes, Universidade de Lisboa. Joined in November 2012 the executive team of the Lisbon Architecture Triennale.

Inês Marques
Assistant Producer

Lisbon, 1988. Architect, holds a master in Interior Architecture by Faculdade de Arquitectura de Lisboa. Participated in the Erasmus programme at Politecnico di Milano and collaborated in several projects at Posto 9 Arquitectos. In 2010 was part of the organization of the 1st international conference on architecture and fiction in Lisbon "Once Upon a Place, Haunted Houses & Imaginary Cities". In 2013 joins the executive team of the Lisbon Architecture Triennale and since 2014 is the coordinator of the Open House Lisboa.

Joana Salvado
Fundraiser and Partnerships

Lisboa, 1987. Arquitecta com Mestrado Integrado pela Faculdade de Arquitectura e Artes da Universidade Lusíada de Lisboa (dissertação com o tema “A fotografia como registo e percepção do espaço arquitectónico”). Estudou na Università degli Studi di Roma La Sapienza - Facoltà di Architettura Valle Giulia and Facoltà di Architettura Ludovico Quaroni ao abrigo do programa Erasmus. Inicia o percurso profissional na empresa Urban Match como arquitecta e como responsável pelo desenvolvimento da Base de Dados de Reabilitação Urbana. Em 2014 finaliza o mestrado em gestão com especialidade em marketing estratégico (Management, Strategic Marketing) pela Católica Lisbon Business & Economics, Portugal. Curadora do projecto associado Getting Through | Shed76, que integrou a programação da 3a edição da Trienal de Arquitectura de Lisboa.

Director Board

José Mateus

Nuno Sampaio

José Manuel dos Santos

Maria Dalila Rodrigues

Pedro Araújo e Sá

He is a graduate in Management and Business Administration at Instituto Superior de Gestão (ISG), Lisbon, specialized in finance and has a postgraduate degree in Investment and Banking from the same school. Works as Chief Investment Officer at Cofina Media, the leading Portuguese printing media group. As member of the board is directly responsible for free newspapers and digital divisions of the company as well as for new investments. During his career he worked in different areas such as banking, cements industry, media and Government. With a large experience in managing media companies was directly responsible for managing and launch of different projects including daily, weekly and monthly magazines and newspapers. He has two Government experiences as Officer at the Cabinet of the Deputy Minister of Finance and, most recently, as Chief of the Staff of the Deputy Minister of Economy.

Graduated in Architecture from the University Lusíada of Oporto. Performed professional work at the Center for Studies in Architecture Department at the Oporto University in 1998. Has a Master Degree from the Barcelona School of Architecture of the Technical University of Catalonia, with works in Venice and Naples under the coordination of the architect Eduard Brú. In 2000 founded the studio “Nuno Sampaio, Arquitetos”. Was an invited professor at the Technical University of Catalonia. Commissioned exhibitions and lectured at various schools and institutions. Presently is an elected member of the Board of the National Order of Architects and a member of Casa da Arquitectura. Director of Estratégia Urbana – Urban Laboratory.

Graduated in Architecture from the Faculdade de Arquitectura da Universidade Técnica de Lisboa (FAUTL) in 1986. Together with Nuno Mateus, founded in 1991 ARX Portugal Arquitectos. Currently President of the Director's Board of Lisbon Architecture Triennale, was also Executive Director of the events Trienal 2007 and Trienal 2010. Was President of the Southern Regional Assembly of the Ordem Arquitectos, as well as Vice President of the Direction of the same Regional Section between 2005-2007. Guest professor at the Instituto Superior Técnico, in Lisbon, he was teacher at the Escola Técnica Superior d’ Arquitectura of the Universitat Internacional da Catalunya (ESARQ-UIC), in Barcelona; at the Instituto Superior de Ciências do Trabalho e da Empresa (ISCTE) and at the Escola Superior de Artes Decorativas de Lisboa (ESAD). In 1993, the work of ARX was shown on the Exhibition Realidade Real at CCB and took part in many others, namely Percurso/Útvonal — ARX Portugal (Budapest, 2000), Influx 0.1 (Fundação de Serralves, 2002), Contaminantes/Comunicantes (Lisboa, 2000) and Nara Triennial (1994). Together with Centro Regional de Sangue do Porto, it took part of the exhibition Architectura e Design del Portogallo 1998-2004 of Milan Triennial. ARX’s projects received numberless prizes, mentions and nominations.

Graduate in Mechanical Engineering - Faculty of Engineering of Universidade do Porto. Has worked for several companies and business associations as AEP - Portuguese Business Association, AIP - Industrial Association of Porto, CIP - Portuguese Industry Confederation, Exponor, Europarque, among others. Currently holds the position of Director of  the EDP Foundation and is a columnist for Expresso newspaper.

Supervisory Board

Sérgio Paulo Jacob Figueiredo

Miguel Luís Cortês Pinto de Melo

José Miguel Alecrim Duarte

Advisory Board

Álvaro Siza

Siza studied at the University of Porto School of Architecture from 1949 through 1955, completing his first built works (four houses in Matosinhos) even before ending his studies in 1954. That same year he opened his private practice in Porto. In 1966, Siza began teaching at the University, and in 1976, he was made a tenured Professor of Architecture. Has been a guest lecturer at many universities and conferences throughout the world, from the United States, Colombia and Argentina to Spain, Germany, France, Norway, the Netherlands, Switzerland, Austria and England in Europe. In recent years, he has received honors from foundations and institutions in Europe, including, the Alvar Aalto Foundation Gold Medal in 1988, the renowned Mies van der Rohe Foundation Award the Borges & Irmao Bank in Vila do Conde, Portugal (1982-86). Received the Priztker Award in 1992 and in 2012  was awarded with the Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement of the 13th International Architecture Exhibition.

Ana Tostões

Architect, architecture historian and chair of Docomomo International. She is associate professor at IST-UTL Lisboa, where she is in charge of the architectural history and theory disciplines. Her research field is the history of architecture and the city of the twentieth century, in which she develops an operative view oriented towards the conservation of modern architecture, focusing especially on post-war architectural culture and relations between Iberian, African and American modernity. On these topics she has published books and scientific articles and curate several exhibitions. In 2006 the President of the Portuguese Republic awarded her the honorary title of Commander of the Ordem do Infante D. Henrique in recognition of her contribution to the dissemination of knowledge about architecture.

António Mega Ferreira

Author, manager and journalist, António Mega Ferreira was born in Lisbon in 1949. He graduated in law from Lisbon’s Universidade Clássica and studied broadcasting and journalism at the University of Manchester. He headed the application of Lisbon to EXPO’98 and was executive commissioner of the world exhibit and member of the respective board of directors, from 1993 to 1999. He was chairman of boards of Parque Expo’s, managing the post-Expo period (1999-2002); Lisbon’s Oceanarium (1994-2000); and Atlântico SA, Lisbon’s multiuse pavilion (1994-2000). He was a consultant to the board of the Universal Forum of Cultures - Barcelona2004 (2002-04).

António Mexia

He received a degree in Economics from Université de Genève (Switzerland) in 1980, where he was also Assistant Lecturer in the Department of Economics. He served as Assistant to the Secretary of State for Foreign Trade from 1986 until 1988. From 1988 to 1990 he served as Vice-Chairman of the Board of Directors of ICEP (Portuguese Institute for Foreign Trade). From 1990 to 1998 he was Director of Banco Espírito Santo de Investimentos and in 1998 he was appointed Chairman of the Board of Directors of Gás de Portugal and Transgás. In 2000 joined Galp Energia as Vice-Chairman of the Board of Directors. From 2001 to 2004, he was the Executive Chairman of Galp Energia and Chairman of the Board of Directors of Petrogal, Gás de Portugal, Transgás and Transgás-Atlântico. In 2004, was appointed Minister of Public Works, Transport and Communication. He also served as Chairman of the Portuguese Energy Association (APE) from 1999 to 2002. In 2006 was appointed Chief Executive Officer of EDP – Energias de Portugal.

António Pinto Ribeiro

Graduated in Philosophy at the Lisbon Classic University and got a Master degree in Communication Sciences at the Lisbon Universidade Nova. He is a lecturer-professor at several universities. In parallel he collaborates regularly with magazines that specialize in Aesthetics, Theories of Arts and Cultures and Cultural programming. He was Culturgest's Artistic Director between 1993 and 2004. He was also the Chief Curator of the “State of the World” cultural forum at the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, in Lisbon. He has been Director of the Creativity and Artistic Creation Programme at the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, and also Coordinator of the Distance and Proximity Gulbenkian Programme. Currently he is Chief curator of the Next Future Gulbenkian Programme, launched in 2009. He is the author of several publications.

Augusto Mateus

Economist and professor atISEG. Secretary of State of Industry and then Minister for the Economy in the XIII Constitutional Government in Portugal. Launched the State debt settlement plan known as the Plano Mateus. Recently led the research project establishing the grounds for the new governance model for Lisbon.

Bernardo Futscher Pereira

Delfim Sardo

Is a university teacher, contemporary art curator and essay writer. He was curator of the Portuguese Representation at the 48th Biennale di Venezia in 1999, was consultant for Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian from 1997 to 2006 and director of the Exhibition Centre of Centro Cultural de Belém from 2003 to 2006. He lectures Modern and Contemporary Art History at Faculdade de Letras da Universidade de Coimbra. He founded and directed Pangloss magazine and writes regularly on art and architecture for national and international publications. Was the chief curator of the Lisbon Architecture Triennale in 2010.

Eduardo Souto Moura

Was born in Porto in 1952. Graduated in architecture from University of Porto School of Architecture. After working with Alvaro Siza Vieira at his architectural practice from 1974 to 1979, received his degree and began his independent architectural career in 1980. Won the 2011 Pritzker Architecture Prize for his talent, vision and commitment to produce a consistent significant contribution to humanity through the art of architecture specifically his Estádio Municipal de Braga, the Burgo Tower in Porto and the Paula Rego Museum in Cascais. While still a practicing architect, Eduardo is also a faculty professor at the Porto School of Architecture. He as also been a visiting professor at the schools of architectures at Geneva, Paris-Belleville, Harvard, Dublin, ETH Zurich and Lausanne, and continues to give lectures and hold seminars all over the world.

Fernanda Fragateiro

Lives and works in Lisbon. Fragateiro's projects are characterized by a keen interest in re-thinking and probing modernist practices. Her sculptural and architectural interventions in unexpected spaces and subtle alterations of existing landscapes reveal buried stories of construction and transformation. Her work has been exhibited at Dublin Contemporary (2011), at the Lisbon Architecture Triennale (2010) and in public institutions and museums such as the Fundación Marcelino Botín; IVAM; Centro Cultural de Belém; Centro Galego de Arte Contemporánea; Serralves Foundation; Fundación 'La Caixa'; Culturgest; and Künstlerwerkstatt.

Graduated in Economy, is a Design collector. He has his vast collection exhibited at MUDE - Design and Fashion Museum, Lisbon.

Gonçalo Byrne

Gonçalo M. Tavares

He published his first work in 2001 and since then has been awarded several important prizes. His books have been published in more than 30 countries and the book Jerusalem has been included in the European edition of 1001 books to read before you die - a guide of the most important novels of all times. He won the Ler/Círculo de Leitores BCP Award with his book Jerusalem (Círculo de Leitores), the Branquinho da Fonseca Award (Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation and Expresso newspaper) with his book “Mr. Valéry” (Editorial Caminho) and the Poetry Award of Portuguese Writers Association, with his book “Investigations. Novalis.” (Editora Difel).

João Gomes da Silva

Graduated in Landscape Architecture from the Universidade de Évora in 1987, and lectured there as an assistant from 1987 till 1994. Since 2001 he is an invited professor at the Architecture Department of the Universidade Autónoma de Lisboa. He has also been invited to lecture in several other universities, and has participated in conferences and workshops, within the scope of Landscape Architecture and Landscape, both nationally and internationally. In 1997, he founded Global Landscape Architecture with Inês Norton. Awarded with several prizes including the Schinkel Prize, in Landscape Architecture, with Inês Norton and João Mateus (1991), Municipal Prize of Architecture by Lisbon's City Hall, FAD Award, and in 2010 with the Project for the São Jorge Castle, in co-authorship with Architect João Luís Carrilho da Graça, he is awarded the Piranesi Award.

João Fernandes

Graduated in Modern Languages ​​and Literature from the Faculdade de Letras da Universidade do Porto in 1985. Between 1987 and 1995 was a professor and researcher of Linguistic Studies at the Instituto Politécnico do Porto. Between 1992 and 1996 organized as independent commissioner, several exhibitions in Portugal, Spain and France. Between 1996 and 2003 he served as Deputy Director of the Museum of Contemporary Art Serralves and was appointed Director in 2003. In 2012 became the Deputy Director of Research, Preservation and Dissemination of the National Museum Art Centre Reina Sofia in Madrid.

João Luís Carrilho da Graça

Obtained a Bachelor’s degree in Architecture from the Escola de Belas Artes de Lisboa in 1977. He was an assistant at FAUTL (the Faculty of Architecture of the Universidade Técnica de Lisboa) between 1977 and 1992. He has been a lecturer at the Universidade Autónoma de Lisboa since 2001 and the Universidade de Évora since 2005. He has been a guest speaker and lecturer at various schools and in different countries. Awards: International Association of Art Critics Award (1992); Secil Prize (1994); Valmor Prize (1998); Grand Prize of the FAD Jury (1999); Awarded the Order of Merit of the Portuguese Republic (1999).

João Pinharanda

Art historian, art critic and curator, is currently Curator of the EDP Foundation.

João Belo Rodeia

Graduated in Architecture from the Faculdade de Arquitectura de Lisboa, Universidade Técnica de Lisboa in 1984. President of the Architects Guild and its National Board since March 2008. President of CIALP / International Council of Portuguese-speaking Architects, since November 2011. He was President of IPPAR between 2003 and 2005. Was a member of the Arts Department of the Conselho Consultivo da Cultura (Ministry of Culture) between 2010 and 2011, of Conselho Consultivo de Obras Públicas  (Ministry of Public Works, Transport and Communications) between 2009 and 2011, of the Working Group about Política Nacional de Arquitectura e Paisagem (Ministry of Environment) between 2009 and 2011 and a member of the Executive Council of the Ibero-American Biennial of Architecture and Urbanism. Maintains activity as a university teacher since 1984 and as a lecturer since 1989. Has commisioned on architecture since 1998. Since 1991, maintains regular activity with numerous critical texts published in books, catalogues and magazines.

Jorge Gaspar

Is a geographer and professor. He graduated in Geography at the Lisbon University in 1965, and earned a PhD at the same University, in Human Geography. Won the Lisbon University prize 2009/10 and received in 2010 the Order of Infante D.Henrique. He also received honorary degrees from the the Universities of Leon (1995), Genebra (2001) and Évora (2010). He has published twenty-nine books and about two hundred and fifty scientific papers.

Jorge Sampaio

José Monterroso Teixeira

Visiting Professor at the Department of Architecture of the Universidade Autonoma de Lisboa. History Specialist of Baroque architecture in Portugal. Author of several works about art history and history of architecture. Has researched and published on constructive Portuguese flagship programs like the Capela Real of the Palácio de Vila Viçosa or the Teatro Nacional de São Carlos. Commissioner of the exhibition "The Triumph of the Baroque," which represented Portugal in Europália 1991. He was Director of the Exhibition Centre of the Centro Cultural de Belém from 1993 to 1996 and the Museum of the Fundação Ricardo Espirito Santo Silva. From 2002 to 2006 he was Municipal Director of Culture at Lisbon City Council.

Luís Sáragga Leal

Founding Partner of the law firm PLMJ. Graduated in Law from the Law Faculty of the University of Lisbon, 1968; Admitted to the Portuguese Bar Association since 1970. Vice-President of the General Council of the Bar Association (1984-1986). National Delegate for C.C.B.E. (Commission Consultative des Barreaux de la Communauté Européenne), 1983. Member of the following professional associations: Lisbon District Council of the Bar Association (1978-1980), the General Council of the Bar (1981-1983); IBA - International Bar Association (Tax Committee) Union Internationale des Avocats, IFA - International Fiscal Association; Portuguese Section of the International Commission of Jurists; Honorary Florida Bar Association, President of the Institute of Law Firms order of Lawyers (2005).

Manuel Graça Dias

Bachelor’s degree in Architecture from the Escola de Belas Artes de Lisboa in 1977. He gained a Doctorate in Architecture from the FAUP (Faculty of Architecture of the Universidade do Porto) in 2009. He began his academic career at the FAUTL (Faculty of Architecture of the Universidade Técnica de Lisboa (1985-1996)), and has been teaching at the FAUP since 1997 and at DA/UAL, which he also managed (2000-2004), since 1998. He has also been a Visiting Professor at the DAP/FA at the Politecnico di Milano since 2003. He began his professional career in Macau, collaborating with the architect Manuel Vicente (1978-1981). He currently lives and works in Lisbon, where, in 1990, he created the CONTEMPORÂNEA studio with Egas José Vieira, with whom he was the co-winner of the AICA/Ministry of Culture Prize for lifetime achievement (1999). He is the editor of JA-Jornal Arquitectos (2009-2011), the publication of the Association of Architects (which he also ran between 2000 and 2004), and has also been the President of the Portuguese Section of the AICA since 2008. In 2006, the title of Commander of the Order of Prince Henry was bestowed on him by Dr Jorge Sampaio, the President of the Portuguese Republic.

Manuel Mateus

Manuel Pinho

Has been a visiting professor at SIPA since 2011. In 2012, he was a Senior Fellow of the Jackson Institute at Yale and taught energy policy at SIPA. He is the director of the International Energy MBA at the Lisbon Institute, Vice Chairman of BES Africa, Senior International advisor at Roland Berger Strategy Consultants, and a member of the International Advisory Board of Gamesa. From 2005-09, he served as Minister of Economy and Innovation of the Portuguese Government and a member of Parliament. In 2007, he was Acting President of the European Council of Energy and Competitiveness Ministers and of the Transatlantic Council. Is the author of the background paper Europe's New Energy Era, on which the European Strategic Plan for Energy is inspired. From 1994–2004, he was a member of the executive board of Banco Espírito Santo, and from 1990–1994, served as General Director of the Treasury and Chairman of the Public Debt Board at the Ministry of Finance. In that capacity, he served at the EU Monetary Committee. Previously, he was an economist at the International Monetary Fund.

Manuel Reis

Renowned collector and entrepreneur, is the founder of the Atalaia Store that has played a key role in editing the work of Portuguese designers, as well as the presentation and commercialization in Portugal of pieces of great authors and international brands. Founded in the 80s the club Frágil, followed by the restaurant Bica do Sapato and the Lux Club, three emblematic spaces of Lisbon because of the careful interior design and equipment choices.

Miguel Vieira Baptista

Trained in IADE Lisbon and the Glasgow School of Art, Miguel Vieira Baptista combines since 2000 his main activity as a product designer with a host of projects in exhibition and interior design commissioned by clients like, experimentadesign and the Lisbon Fashion Week. He has also curated since then several design exhibitions like “Dieter Rams Haus” presented at the Centro Cultural de Belém in 2001. He juggles his design practise with lecturing the course of Industrial Design at ESAD-CR in Caldas da Rainha since 2000. Attention to detail and the juxtaposition between cultured and popular references lend charisma and depth to his designs, that range from limited editions for galleries like Loja da Atalaia, Cristina Guerra, Marz and Appleton Square, to objects released by brands like Asplund, Authentics, Kvadrat, Materia, Renova and Vista Alegre Atlantis.

Miguel Von Hafe Pérez

Art critic and exhibition commissioner. Was responsible for the Arts and Architecture department of Oporto 2001 European Capital of Culture. Between 2003 and 2005 he was an invited commissioner of the Centre d’Art Santa Monica in Barcelona. Currently, he is the Director of the Galician Centre of Contemporary Art in Santiago de Compostela.




The Form of Form

The world is transformed through architecture. Under the title The Form of Form, the goal of this 4th edition of the Lisbon Triennale curated by André Tavares and Diogo Seixas Lopes, is to stimulate and deepen the debate around a large spectrum of contemporary views on today’s architectural practice, in other words, about the way in which the world changes.


Articulating a diversified programme, the Triennale wants to highlight currents of thought important for the production of architecture in a social context in constant transformation.


The different postures towards architecture will be presented in several fronts, namely through their aesthetic, technical, social and political aspects. To understand the practice of architecture as a profession committed to a complex social context, will allow the developing of the implications and possibilities of architectural decisions, underlining their technical and cultural relevance in society. The program will combine an historical approach with the research around contemporary practice, highlighting the challenges that architects face today.


The 4th edition, that took place between 5 October and 12 December 2016, included 4 exhibitions, a Talk series, 7 Satellites, 3 Awards, 2 Lectures, 12 Associated Projects, 4 publications and a set of sidekicks. With critical acclaim, The Form of Form involved 178 participants and curators, 40 assistants and over 100 partners. A great success revealed by the 154 441 visits registered.


Close, Closer



Close, Closer, the third edition of the Lisbon Architecture Triennale examined the political, technological, emotional, institutional, and critical forms of global spatial practice.

Led by chief curator Beatrice Galilee and curators José Esparza, Mariana Pestana, and Liam Young, the Triennale provided a platform for emerging practitioners and protagonists whose work and interests are far from a traditional client-architect model. The exhibitions, conferences, talks, and fringe events organised by the curatorial team should introduce to the public, and a new generation of architects, this expansive and often unchartered field.

Close, Closer presented three exhibitions, one public programme, an e-publishing series, a studentprize, and a Début Award for young architects, in addition to an established Lifetime Achievement Award. It will also introduce a number of small Crisis Buster grants that will be used to invest in longterm, civic, and entrepreneurial projects for Lisbon. Each exhibition, event, or intervention presented a different strand of experimental spatial practice.


Let´s Talk About Houses


Let’s Talk About Houses, the second Triennale curated by Delfim Sardo, took place between 14 September 2010 and 16 January 2011. The theme is a verse from a poem by the Portuguese poet Herberto Helder and the underlying idea was to debate the question of housing, both literally and in a broader sense of housing in the world, including its sociological and cultural aspects.

With a programme that included 4 exhibitions, 1 international conference and 4 competitions, Let’s Talk About Houses involved 154 357 visitors and participants. This was also the year in which Triennale launched two initiatives: the Education Service, seeking to reach out into new audiences and the Associated Projects, an open invitation to the creative community to showcase independent projects as part of the Triennale. One of the programme highlights was the closing event, a lecture by Jacques Herzog of Herzog & De Meuron.


Urban Voids

The first Lisbon Architecture Triennale took place in 2007 (31 May- 31 July). Under the theme Urban Voids it focused on phenomena of rarefaction or urban rupture generated by processes of decay and physical and social degradation in city areas. Chief curator and architect José Mateus worked in conjunction with a team of Portuguese and international 23 curators. It arrived on the Portuguese scene as the first major event dedicated to architecture scheduled to take place at regular intervals. It made a name for itself in leading international circles thanks to its dynamic approach, scale and capacity for mobilizing participation and generating a keen debate on architecture and the city.

Urban Voids featured 4 exhibition poles, 1 international conference, 1 Lounge and 5 competitions. The programme mobilized a total of 52 000 people, between participants and visitors.


Between the Triennale’s editions, an Intervalo programme takes place. It combines a variety of events which appeal to a wide audience such as Open House Lisboa and Porto, an international conference series as well as workshops referred to the specialists. Intervalo acts as a critical instance and aims to start the dialogue with the public in general, acting as a Triennale’s activities echo.  

Critical Distance

Critical Distance is an international conference series whose first edition was launched in 2011-2013. This series of five conferences appears as a response to the growing lack of critical distance on contemporary architecture in Portugal versus an ongoing critical distance between the architecture and the public. Each conference includes a lecture given by a renowned architect followed by a dialogue with Portuguese architecture critics and curators opened to the public.

In May 2017, we'll launch the 3rd edition of Critical Distance as a co-production with CCB.

For this second edition, the invited speakers are:
1#: The chilean architect Smiljan Radić on January 22, 2015 followed by a conversation with Joaquim Moreno.
2#: The Indian collective Studio Mumbai (Bijoy Jain) on April 14, 2015 followed by a conversation with Pedro Bandeira.
3#: MVRDV (Jacob van Rijs) - November 11, 2015 with a talk with Diogo Burnay.

4#: OMA (Ellen van Loon) - February 17, 2016 with a talk with Pedro Baía.

5#: Christian Kerez - 9 May, 2016 with a talk with João Belo Rodeia.

Take a look on the past edition

Open House

Open House Lisboa


For the first time, Lisbon hosted the international event Open House in October 2012. Created in London in 1992, the event is guided by a straightforward but inspiring principle: to show first-rate architecture to the general public, stirring an interest for urban built heritage.

All editions of Lisboa Open House were met with enthusiasm by a large and diverse audience who loaded the guided tours in the programme. Nominated by Time Out as the event of the year on 2014, Open House Lisboa counts in average with 17.000 visits. Free admission, it takes place every year with the participation of dozens of practitioners among which the Portuguese authors of the spaces.

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Open House Porto



Launched in 2015, Porto represents the natural addition due to the richness of its architectural legacy classified as UNESCO World Heritage since ‘96.

It is the first cultural event promoted by Associação Frente Atlântica do Porto as a result of a partnership between Porto, Matosinhos and Vila Nova de Gaia city councils. During two years, Lisbon Architecture Triennale launched and supervised the event. Now the organization of the third edition, that will take place on 1st and 2nd of July 2017, is taken by Casa da Arquitectura.

Creative Cluster

It is envisioned the creation of collective workspaces devoted to businesses or activities currently developing work in architecture or satellite subjects spread over three different areas of Palácio Sinel Cordes. Each space offers a meeting room and a shared kitchen in a grand total of 337m2.

The residents were chosen based on a project call (23rd May and 7th June 2014) judged by a multidisciplinary jury figured by Graça Fonseca, João Luís Carrilho da Graça, Teresa Patrício Gouveia, Rui Horta and Manuel Henriques.

The first 4 residents are: Angular, Projecto WareHouse, Fruta Feia and KWY.


Venue hiring

In order to establish a new architecture and contemporary thinking core, CML handed over Triennale Palácio Sinel Cordes, an XVIII century palace whose privileged location offers an amazing river and Pantheon’s view. The space is prepared to host events such as business meetings, conferences, product releases, cocktails, photo shoots and filmings.
All spaces in the main floor and garden each with different technical characteristics and dimensions can be hired. This is a way of supporting the rehabilitation and conservation works that have already started.

Main Floor: 330m2
Garden: 1020m2
Foyer: 50
Main Room: 80 (seated)
Garden: 500
Main Floor (spread over 4 rooms): 400
Equipment:  Audiovisual and furniture (under consultation)

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Link to plans with each room measurements

For more information and reservations:

Joana Salvado
+351 213 467 378


La Biennale di Venezia

HOMELAND | News from Portugal

Triennale have been invited three times by Direcção Geral das Artes to cooperate in official representations in the most relevant international Architecture Biennales. For the 14th International Biennale of Venice curated by Rem Koolhaas, the Portuguese official representation attempted an unconventional exhibition instrument: a newspaper.

As requested by Secretário de Estado da Cultura – Direcção Geral das Artes, Trienale took leadership in Homeland | News from Portugal’s production, commissioned by Pedro Campos Costa.
The Pavilhão de Portugal, strategically located in Arsenal, was the chosen space to the presentation and free distribution of the first three editions. Since July to November of 2014, Homeland, News from Portugal shown original content as an answer to Rem Koolhaas’ challenge: “Fundamentals – Absorving Modernity: 1914-2014. Homeland put in perspective housing, a field that tends to be used to architecture experiments and is a key element in understanding urban and territorial buildings and its inhabitants.

6 groups of architects were elected to portray 6different housing types/concepts: temporary, casual, detached, collective, rural and rehabilitation. Each typology focused in one of the following cities: Porto, Matosinhos, Loures, Lisboa, Setúbal and Évora.


More information on:
implemented projects (link to the Seis projectos Homeland’s new)
Garagem Sul exhibition
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