filming architecture in lisbon
december 5 – 10th, 2016

about the programme


filming architecture comes to Lisbon, Portugal! This is an academic itinerant workshop about architecture representation and narratives through cinematography, developed in partnership with architecture schools and associations around the world. As the final product, students will produce a short movie filmed at a Museu dos Coches, a paradigmatic building designed by Paulo Mendes da Rocha with Ricardo Bak Gordon. Students will come into contact with the basic techniques of digital cinematography, with a special focus on architectural representation.

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.

All activities will be held at Museu dos Coches, Lisbon, Portugal.

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 Paulo Mendes da Rocha – with his eminently political ideal that “architecture is a discourse by Man about himself”. 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.

“Filming Architecture”, 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 Architecture” – 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 film aims to treat architecture as a narrative character, with a central role in the plot.


€390,- per person fee for the workshop programme. Payment will be requested through PayPal after registration.

Accommodation, transportation and airfare from/to your home city is not included in the workshop cost. In case of cancellation of the workshop by the organisers, we will reimburse workshop fees. Accommodation, transportation or other expenses will not be reimbursed.


  • 10h30 – Introduction to filming architecture workshop programme

  • 11h00-12h30 – Narrative as architecture. Architecture as narrative. Gabriel Kogan

  • 12h30-14h00 – Lunch break

  • 14h00-15h30 – Architectural photography. Pedro Kok

  • 16h00-18h30 – Scriptwriting workshop

  • 10h30-12h30 – Movements in architecture. Pedro Kok

  • 12h30-14h00 – Lunch Break

  • 14h00-15h30 – The architecture of Paulo Mendes da Rocha. Gabriel Kogan

  • 15h30-18h30 – Scriptwriting and filming workshop

  • 10h30-12h30 – Filming activities

  • 12h30-14h00 – Lunch break

  • 14h00-18h30 – Filming activities

  • 10h30-12h30 – Filming activities

  • 12h30-14h00 – Lunch break

  • 14h00-18h30 – Filming activities

  • 10h30-12h30 – Post-production and editing
  • 12h30-14h00 – Lunch break
  • 14h00-18h30 – Post production and editing
Final film screening


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).

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.

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.


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