Trienal de Arquitectura de Lisboa

Lisbon Triennale Millennium bcp Début Award

5th Lisbon Triennal
3 Oct – 2 Dec 2019
Additional info
Chief curator
Éric Lapierre


Get to know who takes part of the jury.2019-02-28
Deadline for application: March 26th 2019, (11:59 pm, Lisbon time)2018-06-04


Get to know who takes part of the jury.2019-02-28
Deadline for application: March 26th 2019, (11:59 pm, Lisbon time)2018-06-04

1. About

For the third time, the Lisbon Architecture Triennale presents the Début award to an architect or a practice in order to celebrate their achievements and encourage their career. Whoever applies, individually or collectively, will be evaluated by an international jury. Another group of influent nominators from Portugal and other parts of the world will also suggest other studios that will be invited to apply, besides submissions made by one's own initiative. With this new edition of the award we hope to support new voices and forms of architectural practice. We also hope the award will contribute to these authors creative, intellectual and professional growth at crucial and potentially transformative stages in their careers.

2. Elegibility

2.1 The competition is open to architects under the age of 35 (thirty five), or any architecture office with an average age under or of 35 (thirty five) till March 26th 2019. Only one submission per applicant will be admitted.

2.2 For collective applications, the group of architects should be working together on a regular basis and each one of the submitted projects should be authored by at least 2/3 of the group that is applying.

In case of an individual application, the projects that are presented should be uniquely and exclusively of their authorship.

2.3 The winner of the Début Award will be an individual, in case of individual application, or a studio, in case of a collective applicant.

3. Prize

A prize of €5,000 (five thousand Euros) will be awarded to the winning architect/studio. A shortlist of 10 (ten) architects/studios will also be honourably mentioned.

4. Conference

4.1 The Lisbon Architecture Triennale will organize and promote a conference in a large auditorium in the Portuguese capital with the winner of the Début prize, which will take place during the opening week (October 3rd to 5th 2019). The Lisbon Triennale will cover travel and accommodation expenses for at least one person. The exact date and venue will be confirmed by the organization at a later date.

4.2 The applicant also agrees to give a conference about their work without any compensation being due.

5. Jury

Ana Dana Beroš (HR), Anna Ramos Sanz (ES), Fosco Lucarelli (IT), Go Hasegawa (JP), Joaquim Moreno (PT), Mariabruna Fabrizi (IT) and Sofia von Ellrichshausen (CL).

6. Dates

Deadline for application: March 26th 2019, 11:59 pm (Lisbon time)
announcement: before July 29th 2019
Winner announcement
: before October 3rd 2019
Winner's conference
: during the opening week (October 3rd to 5th 2019). Exact date, hour and location to be announced.

7. Right of use and publication of entries

By submitting an entry, an applicant agrees that their work will be used in promotional materials related to the Lisbon Triennale, unless otherwise stated, without prejudice to their respective copyright and creative ownership. The Lisbon Triennale will credit authors of any materials (text or image) used.

8. Copyrights and Property Rights

All work submitted must be the applicant's original work. It is the applicant's sole responsibility to ensure that the work submitted does not infringe upon the intellectual property rights of any third party, including, but not limited to, copyright, trademark and design rights.

9. Admission fee

There are no admission charges.

10. Language

All texts must be written in English.

11. Submission of Entries

11.1 Form
Entries must be solely and exclusively submitted digitally through
 the following online form.
Applications sent via email, post or any other way will not be accepted. 

11.2 ID data

11.2.1 Applicant

  • Name of applicant (Individual or Studio);
  • Country
  • Age of applicant/Average age of studio members
  • Short Bio
  • Website (optional)

11.2.2 Person of Contact

  • Name of Person of Contact
  • Address
  • E-mail
  • Phone number

11.3 Required Documents

11.3.1 Proof of Age
The applicant must provide proof of age with a scanned image of passport or national ID card. In case of a studio, all members must provide the referred proof of age. This information should be sent on one single file, in PDF format (max 1 Mb). The international competition is open to young architects under the age of 35 (thirty five), or any architecture office with an average age under or of 35 (thirty five).

11.3.2 Statement
The applicant's statement should
be written in the Statement field (online form) and inserted again in the second page of the presentation (see 11.3.4). It is a letter of intent, a short statement on the reasons for applying.

11.3.3 Letters of References
Online submission of documents
The applicant must submit 2 (two) reference letters, each with the following information regarding the person that is making the reference

  • Name

  • Relationship with applicant
  • Phone Number
  • E-mail

Both letters of reference should be written in English. If not possible, please add an English translation to the original letter. Both should be signed and separately submitted in PDF format (max. 500 Kb each) in the section "Reference 1" and "Reference 2" (online form). The letters of reference should not be included in the PDF presentation (see 11.3.4).

11.3.4 Presentation
Applicants must submit a presentation in PDF format, landscape oriented, no larger than 6Mb in one single file, composed of: 

  • Cover page: with the information referred in "Person of Contact" (point 11.2.2) and in Contacts (point 2.2.2), and in case of a studio, the same information for all members of the team.  
  • Second page: this page must present the text submitted in Applicant's Statement (as stated on point 11.3.2).  
  • Following pages: one to three (maximum) key project(s) that illustrate their approach and practice, with texts, photographs, drawings, diagrams, renderings, collages, or other visualizations, and credits where applicable.
The submitted projects should be ones that have been developed as professional practice, and not during university years. In other words, projects developed as an architect and not as a student of architecture. The choice of the projects to submit is only to
be done by the applicant. There are no guidelines whatsoever given by the Triennale concerning that subject.  

There's no mandatory format. The jury will have access to the applications on their digital version,
and will view them on a screen. We suggest that the application should be presented in ISO A4 that can more closely match the size of a common laptop screen.

There is no page limit.

12. Restrictions

12.1 Applicants to whom the following restrictions apply cannot enter this competition: 

  • Applicants who are related to or in any way have or have had a privileged relationship (personal or professional) with any of the jury members;  
  • Employees of the Lisbon Triennale association, its executive team, its governing bodies, current sponsors, and current partners.  

12.2 Failure to supply any of the documents listed in "Required Documents" (point 11.3), is grounds for exclusion from this competition.

13. Confidentiality

The Lisbon Architecture Triennale will treat all contact information, the references and ID documents submitted by the applicants as confidential and 
will not disclose them to third parties without prior consent of the applicants.

14. Enquiries

Enquiries regarding this competition should be sent to

15. Final Statement

The Lisbon Architecture Triennale reserves the right to amend these guidelines, hereby committing to communicating those alterations through the same means used in the promotion of the original guidelines. The information contained in this document is subject to change.


When this award was created?

Back in 2013, in the context of the Close, Closer.