The reading of the award verdict was held at the Agora of the Casa de la Cultura Ecuatoriana on the night of Wednesday, November 17, 2016 at 8:00 p.m. Handel Guayasamín opened the award requesting the presence of Arch. Ordoñez to recognize his presence and vital importance as founding architect of the Biennial. The evening continued with the presentation of the Symphony Orchestra of the Educational Unit Eugenio Espejo, followed by a few words from the Architect Alejandra Pinto Coordinator of the Pan American Biennial of Quito in which he stressed the importance of the international participation of 600 projects in the current edition of the Biennial and 98 student projects almost doubling the previous participation.