The Lisbon Architecture Triennale is a non-profit association whose mission is to examine, 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 presenting a programme of international exhibitions, competitions and conferences. In 2010 the second edition, Let’s Talk About Houses, consolidated the Triennale’s presence on the circuit of events devoted to architecture. With its third edition, Close, Closer, in 2013, the event consolidated its international projection and recognition.
In addition to its main event, the Triennale also organizes the Critical Distance conferences, which have brought to Lisbon major names in the world of architecture in the previous two cycles. Furthermore, it also organizes Open House Lisboa and Open House Porto (together with Casa da Arquitectura), two events that open the doors to the best architecture in these cities for one weekend per year. At its headquarters at Palácio Sinel de Cordes the Lisbon Triennale organizes and hosts a range of other events, which constitute the palace’s cultural programming.
Each edition of the Lisbon Architecture Triennale is distinguished with the High Patronage of His Excellency the President of the Portuguese Republic. The Triennale has also enjoyed the Public Utility status since 2013, and was recognized by the Ministry of Culture in 2010, as an event of Cultural Interest.