TAB 2024 curatorial competition is now open

TAB 2024

The Estonian Centre for Architecture launches the Curatorial Competition for the 7th international Tallinn Architecture Biennale (TAB 2024), in order to select and appoint its Head Curator and Head Curatorial Team. Competitors will propose a suitable theme with a view to organising next year’s festival.

Tallinn Architecture Biennale is an international architecture festival held since 2011 and organised by the Estonian Centre for Architecture (ECA). TAB 2024 will take place in Tallinn from September to November, and addresses relevant issues in architecture, delving into the present and future of the field.

The event will consist of a main programme curated by a team of curators and a separate TAB Satellite Programme. The winning team of the TAB 2024 Curatorial Competition should reveal their ideas not only for architecture but also for society at large.

Ultimately, the curator(s) of TAB 2024 will be expected to choose and flesh out a theme for the biennale, create and curate content, and bring in exhibition and symposium participants.

In addition to setting the theme, the team will curate the following events, which form the conceptual core of TAB: Curatorial Exhibition, TAB Catalogue, Installation Competition, Tallinn Vision Competition and Symposium.

The curatorial fee for the activities outlined is 28,000 euros. ECA’s production team will help to organise the biennale. TAB’s general goals are to:

● promote a high-quality built environment;
● provide an international platform for Estonian architecture;
● highlight new ways of thinking and create a vision in the field of architecture.

The deadline for developing the concept of the biennale and submitting the corresponding draft in writing is April 4th, 2023, at 20:00h (Tallinn, Estonia). Competition entries must also be submitted digitally to

The competition consists of two stages. For Stage I, the teams will submit a written entry, and for Stage II, they will present it orally to the jury. The jury may cancel Stage II if the winner can be determined in Stage I.

On February 14th, 2023 at 16.00h (Tallinn) via Zoom, ECA will share more information on the conditions of the competition. Submitted entries are evaluated based on the following criteria:

● theme relevance and originality of approach;
● compliance with the rules of the competition;
● feasibility of the curator’s vision;

● the team’s experience, abilities and professionalism;
● involvement of local Estonian architects in various parts of the programme and in the audience. Source by TAB 2024 and photos Courtesy of MINT LIST.