Only one month after the fifth edition of the Lisbon Architecture Triennale closed, the Triennale has already appointed the curators for the sixth edition in 2022. Cristina Veríssimo and Diogo Burnay, founders of the Lisbon, Portugal,-based CVDB Arquitectos, have been tapped to co-curate the festival.
As a press release from the Triennale’s organizers noted, the festival alternates between competition and direct invitation to select the curators every three years. For the 2022 edition, Veríssimo and Burnay were chosen for the humanizing qualities of their built work, as well as their professional and academic ties to Portugal and abroad.
In a press release, José Mateus, chairman of the Triennial, said that aside from CVDB’s work, the duo was chosen “[…]due to their exceptional experience in all aspects of the discipline, covering education, academic and professional activities in Portugal and abroad, always working in particularly demanding contexts. This team of curators ensures a high-level 6th edition that continues and expands the role of Triennale as a growing international event.”
Both Veríssimo and Burnay have extensive international teaching experience, and the former has been an assistant professor of practice at the School of Architecture, Dalhousie University in Halifax, Canada, since 2013.
The 2018 Lisbon Architecture Triennale was curated by Éric Lapierre and organized around the theme of “The Poetics of Reason,” which sought to break down how architecture could be understood by everyone. While the 2022 festival may seem far off, curators are deliberately chosen years in advance so that they can more fully flesh out their themes.