On 17 May, join us for a conference on fictional architecture

The second conference of Critical Distance series is on Wednesday 17 May, exploring the fictional architecture. The invited speaker is 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 has been working in cinema and television since 1998, having already won five Primetime Emmys and two America Awards.


For the first time in Portugal, Ghirardani will share his professional experience on this complex scenography project where architecture plays a major role. For the talk, Lisbon Triennale invited the Portuguese architect Manuel Graça Dias, encouraging the audience’s participation.


As a co-production between Lisbon Triennale and CCB – Garagem Sul, Critical Distance is an international conference series, taking place from 2017 until 2019.


Price: 5€

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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.



Game of Thrones is an American fantasy drama television series created by David Benioff and D.B. Weiss. It is an adaptation of A Song of Ice and Fire, George R.R. Martin’s series of fantasy novels, the first of which is A Game of Thrones. It is filmed at Titanic Studios in Belfast, on location in the United Kingdom, and in Croatia, Iceland, Malta, Morocco, Spain, and the United States. The series premiered on HBO in the United States on April 17, 2011, and its sixth season ended on June 26, 2016. The series was renewed for a seventh season, which is scheduled to premiere on 16 July 2017.


Manuel Graça Dias is a Portuguese Architect graduated in 1977. Graça Dias is Associate Lecturer at Architecture Faculty of Porto University, where he completed his PhD in 2009 and Guest Professor at Universidade Autónoma de Lisboa. Living and working in Lisbon, he founded in 1990 a architecture firm with Egas José Vieira. Manuel was Director of the Architects Journal (2000-04 and 2009-12) and Chairman of the Portuguese Section of AICA (2008-12). Author of numerous architectural articles and books, he won in 1999 with Egas José Vieira, the AICA / MC Award (Architecture).