Workshop Critical: Lisbon

Workshop Critical: Lisbon

A workshop coordinated by Lev Bratishenko, Frederico Duarte and Becky Quintal (included in the Critical Distance programme of Lisbon Architecture Triennale)
Workshop participants earn 8 credits from the Architects Guild
CRITICAL: Lisbon is a one-week workshop dedicated to talking, writing, and publishing critically about architecture. Conceived as a speculative editorial project, this workshop confronts the notion that architects and the public operate in ideologically disparate universes by focusing on their common desire to improve the city.
Taking the city of Lisbon as the working ground and inspiration, the workshop will explore the challenges and obstacles architecture critics must face, but also the strategies, tactics and tools they use to tackle them.
Strong and valid commentary on the built environment can take multiple forms and rarely follows a defined rubric. From essays, videos, op-ed pieces, photo slide-shows, interviews with architects and other city players, to walk-though reviews of buildings and current controversies over public spaces, the workshop will explore the many media and messages available to critics today. 
This workshop is aimed at students and young professionals interested in architecture, design and urban issues. Applicants should have a desire to craft and broadcast their findings, analysis and opinion to a specific audience, from their peers to the general public. Finding and speaking with those audiences is also the work of a critic.
- The workshop’s working language is English. 
- Participants should bring their own notepads, laptops and digital video/photo cameras.
Workshop times: 9:30am to 6:00pm
The workshop will take place at the Lisbon Architecture Triennale headquarters at Palácio Sinel de Cordes, Campo de Santa Clara, 142-145, 1100-474 Lisbon

(maximum 20 / minimum 10 participants)
- Early bird price until June 24th: €120
- Regular price after June 24th: €160
- Registration deadline: July 1st
Registration to with the subject "Critical: Lisbon".

Payment by bank transfer:

Associação Trienal de Arquitectura de Lisboa
CGD - Agência de Santos
NIB: 0035 0707 00009585330 45
IBAN: PT50 0035 0707 00009585330 45

Proof of bank transfer must be sent to the following email:

The number of participants is limited to 20 and the registrations will be processed on a first-come-first-served basis.

July 16-21
Workshop Coordinators:

Lev Bratishenko (Moscow, 1984) is a curator, critic, and researcher based in Montreal where he collaborates on exhibitions, publications and online projects with the CCA. Curator of 404 Error: The Object is Not Online (2010) and contributor to Sorry! Out of Gas (2007), Actions (2008), Intermission (2009), and Journeys (2010), he has also written on architecture and computer languages for Cabinet, Mark, and Triple Canopy. He reviews classical music for the Montreal Gazette, and his writing on music and opera has appeared in The Rover and CBC Music. Lev studied Architecture and Art History at Yale. For a better sense of what is Lev, please visit

Frederico Duarte (Lisbon, 1979) studied communication design and worked as a graphic designer in Portugal, Malaysia and Italy. In 2010 he graduated from the School of Visual Arts in New York with an MFA in design criticism. As a design writer, critic and curator he’s been writing articles and essays, contributing and editing books and catalogs, giving lectures and workshops, organizing events and curating exhibitions on design, architecture and creativity since 2006. He is also currently teaches at ESAD Caldas da Rainha and the University of Lisbon’s Faculty of Fine Arts.

Becky Quintal (Mérida, 1984) was born in Mexico and raised in New Orleans. She holds a degree in architecture from Princeton University and an MFA in design criticism from the School of Visual Arts. Now a New York-based editor and researcher, she has worked on publications with Bjarke Ingels, OMA/AMO, Alejandro Zaera-Polo, Jesse Reiser and Stan Allen. Having worked at the Office for Metropolitan Architecture (OMA) in Rotterdam as a research and editorial assistant for both the Project Japan book and the Cronocaos exhibition for the 2010 Venice Bienale, Becky is now an editor and researcher at Reiser + Umemoto RUR Architecture in New York. She is working on a forthcoming book about RUR’s recently completed O-14 office building in Dubai.