filming architecture
workshops on
architectural filmmaking

about the programme


filming architecture is an academic itinerant workshop about architecture representation and narratives, developed in partnership with architecture schools around the world. As the final product, the students will produce a short movie filmed at a paradigmatic building of local modernism, coming into contact with the basic techniques of digital cinematography, with a special focus on architectural representation.

The activities are divided into three modules: “Represented Architecture”, “Architecture as Narrative” and “Filming Modernism”. The workshop has programs available with varying durations – depending on the availability of the partner school; one week (short), three weeks (average) and two months (long). The architects Gabriel Kogan, Pedro Kok and Priscyla Gomes head the programme from theoretical activities to the final film project.

The workshop is intended for all architecture students with varied interests including photography, cinematography (directing, editing, camera), scenography, theater, dance, acting, sound engineering (recording, mixing), musical composition, production, literary creation, drawing (technical or free-style), architectural history and criticism. To better develop the activities, we suggest a maximum of 15 student participants. We also welcome partnerships with architecture institutes.

Architecture schools which are interested in hosting these workshops should contact us through the form on this site to obtain further information on the programme, availability and costs.


    “Represented Architecture” is a theoretical module about the representation of architecture in cinema, using classic films as the object of discussion and critical construction. Highlighted are major productions as those by Federico Fellini, Jacques Tati, Jean-Luc Godard, Alfred Hitchcock and Michelangelo Antonioni. This module will investigate the different forms of architectural representations, establishing comparisons between strategies adopted to construct images in movement. This will assist the students to begin producing a script through short textual exercises.

    Coordinator: Priscyla Gomes.
    Language of instruction: English or portuguese.


    “Architecture as Narrative”, is a theoretical module which analyzes modern architecture from its narrative bias. The project itself is treated here as a discursive text. Brazilian architecture serves as the object of study for fundamental questions of this module, specifically, looking at the work of two architects: Paulo Mendes da Rocha – with his eminently political ideal that “architecture is a discourse by Man about himself” – and Lina Bo Bardi – with her conceptual projection that focuses on the possible and desired uses of constructed space in the post-occupation. This critical study about the design reveals a possible approach to script writing emerging from the conceptual study of the architectural project. This strategy will be encouraged in the script writing process.

    Coordinator: Gabriel Kogan.
    Language of instruction: English or portuguese.


    “Filming Modernism”, is a practical module for the production of an approximate three-minute film in a paradigmatic building of local modernism. The movie will be included in the archives of the project “Filming Modernism” – done together with other architecture schools worldwide. During the process, students will get in contact with basic concepts of script elaboration, photography and digital filmmaking, art direction, directing, acting and post-production. They will also learn how to operate basic filming support equipment, such as mini-cranes. The activities developed in the first two modules will serve as basis for the script. The film aims to treat architecture as a narrative character, with a central role in the plot.

    Coordinator: Pedro Kok.
    Language of instruction: English or portuguese.


Priscyla Gomes

Priscyla Gomes, curator and architect, graduated from the School of Architecture and Urbanism of the University of São Paulo (FAU-USP). She is also a technician in Digital Cinema by the International Film Academy. Priscyla currently takes part of the Curatorial Research Center of the Tomie Ohtake Institute, where she has signed exhibits such as Medos Modernos and the 5th 3M Exhibit of Digital Art. She acted as curatorial and editorial assistant of a series of exhibits and publications about Brazilian Architecture which began in 2011. Her research targets the relationship between architecture and other arts, principally, the relation between the audiovisual and the city. In 2010, focusing the representation realm (cities in the audiovisual) and the construction of the urban imaginary (audiovisuals in the city), she concluded “Romarcord, cinecidade felliniana”, oriented by Agnaldo Farias. This research dealt with the representation of Rome in the movies by Federico Fellini, identifying cinematographic locations and the paths of the director in the city.

Gabriel Kogan

Architect and journalist, graduated from the School of Architecture and Urbanism from the University of São Paulo (FAU-USP). His research intersects narrative, history, art and design. He has been working at StudioMK27 since 2007 and is a collaborator at the daily newspaper Folha de S. Paulo. His Master thesis (developed at UNESCO-IHE, Netherlands) is an urban narrative about the history of floods in São Paulo. Additional professional experience includes the conception project for the Museum of Mines and Metal by Paulo Mendes da Rocha in 2006 and the organization of the Arte/Cidade by Nelson Brissac in 2005. As a writer, collaborates also with specialized magazines around the world and his texts discuss the legacy of modern architecture. Between 2013 and 2014, Gabriel directed five short films together with Pedro Kok, screened worldwide including ‘Time Space Existence’ exhibition during the Venice Architecture Biennale in 2014.

Pedro Kok

Photographer, works and researches photography and videography of architecture, urban structures and cities. He graduated from the School of Architecture and Urbanism of the University of São Paulo (FAU-USP) and got his Master of Arts in Fine Arts from the Hogeschool voor de Kunsten Utrecht, the Netherlands, in 2011, where he studied the continuity of images of architecture and urbanism within literary, photographic and videographic creations. His photographs have circulated in brazilian and international architecture publications, on printed and digital platforms. Since 2010 he has been dedicated to the production of short movies in partnership with architects, curators and publishers. He has contributed to exhibits, collections and catalogues of MAM, MIS, MCB and Institute Tomie Ohtake in São Paulo (BR), MAXXI, Biennale di Venezia and La Triennale di Milano (IT) and Centre Georges Pompidou (FR).

the glass house

In a three day pilot workshop, architecture students of Mackenzie University in São Paulo took part in an introduction to architecture filmmaking. Following theoretical and technical lectures, we spent a day at Lina Bo Bardi’s Glass House in São Paulo. We recreated an iconic photograph of the site – now in moving images – continuing into issues of representation, transparency, interior/exterior, promenades, ways of living and tectonics of this architectural masterpiece.

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other films

The following selection of films were produced by the organisers in diverse projects. They showcase aspects of architectural filmmaking and possibilites for the filming architecture programme.

in the media

The following publications have covered filming architecture and other projects by the organisers. If your are a media publisher, use the contact form bellow to request press material.

bring to my school

filming architecture is an international project, and we would like to engage with architecture students all over the world. If you are an undergraduate or graduate student, professor, faculty member, school official or staff member at an architecture institute use the following form to contact us. We will work together to taylor a proposal which takes in account your institution’s calendar, programme and budget.

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Lisbon, Portugal
december 5 – 10th, 2016

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