On November 14, 2016, the inauguration of the XX Pan American Biennial of Architecture of Quito BAQ2016 was held in the Agora of the House of Ecuadorian Culture, with the presence of the architect Handel Guayasamín, President of the Architects Association of Ecuador Provincial of Pichincha, Mr. Raúl Vallejo, Minister of Culture and Heritage, who emphasizes the importance of the biennial in private practice as in academia at a national level, invites the implementation of architectural projects with emphasis on heritage and urbanism, given the importance that the ministry puts into such projects.

A tribute was also paid to the founders of the Biennial; architects Fernando Flores, Diego Oleas, Rafael Vélez Callisto, Guido Diaz, Evelia Peralta, Rolando Moya, and Rubén Moreira.