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Lisbon Architecture Triennale
12 Sep – 15 Dec 2013

Close, Closer is a series of exhibitions and public programmes which aims to challenge and question the role of the architect in contemporary society. We are initiating a discussion around this fast-changing landscape and your input is critical. How can we get closer? It's over to you!

Read the Close, Closer launch booklet


Lisbon Triennale Millennium BCP Début Award

  • About

    The Millenium BCP Lisbon Triennale Début Award was conceived to support young architects under 35 on outstanding work and development on original design and critical ideas in the expanded field of architectural practice. A total of 188 applications to the competition were received from 30 different countries.

  • Juries

    Beatrice Galilee (UK), writer, critic, lecturer and chief-curator of Close, Closer
    Eva Franch i Gilabert (ES), founder of OOAA and Director of Storefront for Art and Architecture
    Ou Ning (CN), activist, curator, editor, artist and urban researcher
    Tatiana Bilbao (MX), founder of studio Tatiana Bilbao S.C.
    Diogo Seixas Lopes (PT),  architect and professor, co-founder of Barbaslopes Arquitectos

  • Shortlist

    Assemble, Londres (UK)
    Average Age: 26
    A young collective with backgrounds in architecture, carpentry, public realm and set design known for hands-on, community-based and often self-initiated projects.

    Atelier Hirschbichler, Zurique (CH)
    Age: 30
    On the threshold of architecture, art and research, Michael Hirschbichler mixes critical theory and research with speculative-critical artistic investigations, reasoning and writing.

    FALA, Porto (PT)
    Average Age: 25
    These young Portuguese architects moved to the Metabolist icon, the Nakagin Capsule Tower, in Japan and from there have been pursuing their work as designers and researchers both in Japan and abroad.

    Frida Escobedo, México DF (MX)
    Age: 33
    Lattices and lightness are the hallmarks of Escobedo’s thoughtful, socially oriented, minimal, modular and subtle constructions.

    GRUPPE, Zurique (CH)
    Average Age: 29
    The practice was established by architects from ETH Zurich and their work engages in history and politics, hand-crafted and built frames.

    Léopold Lambert, Nova Iorque (US)
    Age: 27
    As a writer and blogger, Lambert practices in a transversal way, relating architecture with other disciplines, such as philosophy, law, cinema and social practices.

    SAMI, Setúbal (PT)
    Average Age: 33
    Beautifully crafted and spatially rich, the architectural output of SAMI is known for its closeness to themes of culture, territory, landscape and geography.

    Pedro y Juana, México DF, (MX)
    Average Age: 33
    Often working with local artisans and labourers, the work of Pedro y Juana explores new typologies for fabrication and construction processes for lo-fi architecture.

    SO – IL, Nova Iorque (US)
    Average Age: 35
    Florian Idenburg and Jing Liu founded this studio in 2008 and have created a large body of work admired for its elegance, playfulness and material innovation.





  • Bureau Spectacular/Jimenez Lai, Chicago (US)

    Sample: White elephant © Bureau Spectacular

    Average Age: 34
    Establishing a reputation from his fantastical, speculative publications, Jiminez Lai is an architect whose narrative approach absorbs both a theoretical position and a craft of design. Jimenez Lai was chosen for the originality and range of his body of work, whose uncompromising and thought-provoking approach to formalism lends it an exploratory vein that, in the words of the jury, is crucial to the future of architecture.