The winners of the last Mies van der Rohe Prize open the international conferences series organized by the Lisbon Triennale.

The Barcelona-based studio Barozzi Veiga is the author of projects in different parts of Europe, notably the Philharmonic of Szczecin (Poland), the Fine Arts Museum of Chur, and the new building for the Musée des Beaux Arts In Lausanne, both in Switzerland. One of the singularities of this architectural firm, founded in 2004 is the desire to find and draw on the primal condition of each location where they build.


In architecture, the conference is one of the primary forms of sharing and expanding knowledge. Critical Distance provides precisely this space establishing a direct dialogue between the public and the invited architects. From 2017 to 2019, the invited guests of this third series are authors whose practice and solid career has drawn considerable critical praise becoming references in the international architectural scene.


This public programme now extends the field of the architectural thinking in generational and typological terms, inviting emerging authors and embracing a wide range of projects going beyond concrete and conventional programmes. A new space is now open for those operating in the fictional field through scenography and high-tech experimentation. On this topic, Critical Distance focuses on cinematographic works in which/where architecture plays a significant role, as well as experimental projects associated to the most sophisticated technology rising radically new paths to human habitat under extreme conditions.


The second conference, on 17 May, explores fictional architecture inviting the Supervising Art Director of Game of Thrones Paul Ghirardani who will present the backstage of the cities of the most awarded television series of our times. A graduate of Kingston School of Arts in the UK, Paul Ghirardani has been working in cinema and television since 1998, having already won five Primetime Emmys and two America Awards.


The third lecture is with four emerging architects selected from the Future Architecture Platform Call for Projects. Held on 26 October, it will put forward different experiences through the presentation of projects in areas as diverse as: editorial, curatorial, construction and research. The guests are Leopold Lambert (France), editor of The Funambulist magazine; Bika Rebek (Austria) who worked in the MET NY, FAKT (Germany) young architecture studio and Lucia Tahan (Spain) presenting a research work on the occupied territories of Palestine.



Price: 5 euros/conference

Pass for the three conferences (2017): 10 euros (at CCB or online)


Conferences Calendar


Critical Distance #1

Barozzi/Veiga, 4 April 2017 CCB Main Auditorium (19h)


Critical Distance #2

Paul Ghirardani - Game of Thrones, 17 May 2017, CCB Main Auditorium (19h)


Critical Distance #3

Future Architecture Platform 26 Outubro 2017, CCB Small Auditorium (19h)


CCB address: Praça do Império 1449-003 Lisboa

How to get there


Biographies of the invited guests


Barozzi / Veiga

“The majority of projects and works that we have designed to date have been related with public architectures and fragile, incomplete urban contexts. Within this framework, our aim has been to try to dignify what is public as a collective space and to define an architecture that is specific to its environment.”


Barozzi / Veiga is an architectural office devoted to architecture and urbanism, founded in 2004 in Barcelona by Fabrizio Barozzi and Alberto Veiga. Barozzi / Veiga has won numerous prizes in national and international competitions, among them the refurbishment of the Palace Santa Clara in Úbeda, the Auditorium of Águilas, the Headquarter for the D.O. Ribera del Duero in Roa, the Philharmonic Hall in Szczecin, the Cantonal Museum of Fine Arts in Lausanne, the extension of the Cantonal Museum of Fine Arts in Chur, the Music School in Brunico and the Tanzhaus in Zürich. The work of Barozzi / Veiga has been presented in different exhibitions and has been published in a wide range of specialist literature. Barozzi / Veiga has won many international awards and citations for design excellence, among them the Ajac Award 2007 granted by the College of Architects of Barcelona, the International Architecture Award “Barbara Cappochin” 2011, the Gold medal for Italian Architecture 2012 granted by the IV edition of the Triennale Milan, the Young Talent of Italian Architecture 2013 Award granted by the National Council of Architects, Planners and Landscape architects of Italy. In 2014 the studio was selected to be one of the ten firms in this year’s Design Vanguard by the Architectural Record magazine. Recently the studio has won the European Union Prize for Contemporary Architecture - Mies van der Rohe Award 2015.


Paul Ghirardani (Game of Thrones)

Paul Ghirardani has worked in art direction for film and television for 30 years. Notable films include Anna and the King, The Gathering Storm and The Woman in Black. Most recently, he has been the Supervising Art Director on Game of Thrones, Seasons 4/5/6/7. He has won five Primetime Emmy Awards and two Art Director of America Awards.


Future Architecture Platform

Future Architecture is the first pan-European platform of architecture museums, festivals and producers, bringing ideas on the future of cities and architecture closer to the wider public. Joining 18 organizers from 15 countries, it aims to create a European public programme based on the exchange of ideas and knowledge, inviting emerging creators to present their ideas at exhibitions, conferences, lectures and workshops, in books and on the web.


The Future Architecture platform introduces and celebrates innovation, experimentation and the ideas of a generation that will design the architecture and build Europe’s cities in the years to come. It promotes European innovation, architecture, culture, knowledge and social capital through a single common platform.

More info: http://futurearchitectureplatform.org



© Simon Menges