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la Biennale di Venezia

15th International Architecture Exhibition

Open to visitors starting from Saturday 28 May 2016
15th International Architecture Exhibition

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The International Jury of the 15th International Architecture Exhibition has been appointed

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the International Jury will award the official prizes
05 | 10 | 2016

awards ceremony on Saturday May 28th, 2016

The Board of Directors of La Biennale di Venezia chaired by Paolo Baratta has appointed, upon recommendation by the Artistic Director Alejandro Aravena, the International Jury of the 15th International Architecture Exhibition (28 May > 27 November 2016) composed of the following members:
 
· Pippo Ciorra (Italy), architect, critic and professor at Scuola di Ateneo di Architettura e Design di Ascoli Piceno (University of Camerino) and Venice’s IUAV. He has been a curator of exhibitions both in Italy and abroad. He has been Senior Curator for architecture at the MAXXI in Rome since 2009.
· Sergio Fajardo
(Colombia), professor of mathematics at the Universidad de los Andes, Bogotá, former mayor of Medellín and governor of the department of Antioquia, recipient of the Americas Award for Excellence in Public Service in 2007.
· Marisa Moreira Salles (Brazil), publisher, editor, book designer and entrepreneur in the field of technology, founder of Arq.Futuro, a think-tank on architecture and the future of cities.
· Hashim Sarkis (Lebanon, USA), Dean of the School of Architecture and Planning at MIT, architect at Hashim Sarkis Studios, former Khan Professor of Landscape Architecture and Urbanism at the Harvard University Graduate School of Design (GSD).
· Karen Stein (USA), architectural advisor, Executive Director of the George Nelson Foundation, and faculty member of the Design Criticism program at the School of Visual Arts in New York.
 
The President of the Jury will be nominated by its members at the first meeting.
 
The International Jury will award the following official prizes:
·  Golden Lion for best National Participation
·  Golden Lion for best participant in the International Exhibition REPORTING FROM THE FRONT
·  Silver Lion for a promising young participant in the International Exhibition REPORTING FROM THE FRONT
 
The Jury will also have the opportunity of awarding:
·  a maximum of one special mention to National Participations
·  a maximum of two special mentions to the participants in the International Exhibition REPORTING FROM THE FRONT
 
The awards ceremony will take place during the official opening of the Exhibition, Saturday May 28th, 2016 at Ca’ Giustinian, the headquarters of La Biennale di Venezia. The exhibition will be open to the public from 10 am on that same day.
 
 
Official website of the 15th International Architecture Exhibition: www.labiennale.org
Official hashtag: #BiennaleArchitettura2016
 
 
 
Biographies of the jurors
 
Pippo Ciorra (Italy)
Pippo Ciorra is an architect, critic and professor. He was a member of Casabella’s editorial board from 1996 to 2012, and is now contributor for several journals and magazines. He has authored many essays and publications, amongst which Senza architettura, le ragioni per una crisi (Laterza, 2011). He published monographs on Ludovico Quaroni (Electa, 1989), Peter Eisenman (Electa, 1993) and others, and other essays on the subject of cities, museums, photography and contemporary Italian architecture. He teaches design and theory at SAAD (University of Camerino) and serves as the director of the international Ph.D. program “Villard d’Honnecourt” (IUAV). He is a member of CICA (International Committee of Architectural Critics) and advisor for the Triennale di Milano award "Gold Medal of the Italian architecture". He has chaired or been a member of several Italian and international design competitions. He has been a curator of exhibitions both in Italy and abroad.  Since 2009, he is Senior Curator for architecture at the MAXXI in Rome.  Amongst his major exhibitions, one can number Recycle, Energy, Erasmus, and Food, as well as the travelling display Piccole Utopie, on the work of ten contemporary Italian architects. He is curator of the Italian branch of YAP, the MoMA PS1 international programme for the promotion of young architects.
 
Sergio Fajardo (Colombia)
Sergio Fajardo is a mathematician and politician. He was mayor of Medellín, Colombia's second-largest city, from 2004 to 2007. In recognition of his socially inclusive urban policies, he was nominated Person of the Year in Latin America by the Financial Times in 2007; in that same year, he received the Americas Award for Excellence in Public Service. He was also awarded the Gold Medal for Social Urbanism from the Federación Panamericana de Arquitectos in 2008, the Dr. Jean Mayer Global Citizenship Award "for innovative and courageous leadership in creating an open and lively city" from Tufts University in 2009, and the IHS Alumni International Award from the Erasmus University Rotterdam in 2012. His outstanding contribution to urban governance is attested by his recent appointments as Invited Professor at the Department of Geography and Center for Latin American Studies of the University of California Berkeley, and Distinguished Visiting Professor at the Escuela de Gobierno y Transformación Pública of the Instituto Tecnológico de Monterrey. He also ran as vice-presidential candidate for the Partido Verde in Colombia's 2010 elections, and served as governor of the department of Antioquia from 2012 to 2015. Besides his political career, he is research director and professor of mathematics at the Universidad de los Andes, Bogotá.
 
Marisa Moreira Salles (Brazil)
Marisa Moreira Salles is a publisher, editor and book designer, as well as entrepreneur in the field of technology. She co-founded BEI.Editora, a Brazilian publishing house, in 1995. From 2003 to 2010, she was the CEO of U.NEAR, an IT company she established with longstanding partners in 2000. In 2010, she launched Arq.Futuro, a think-tank to discuss architecture and the future of cities. In 2014, she set up a digital platform dedicated to making economics accessible to the general public, POR QUÊ?. Today, Marisa co-chairs the publishing house and Arq.Futuro, is a board member of U.NEAR and runs POR QUÊ?.  She is also a curator for Arq.Futuro debates and Bei.Editora exhibitions. With the help of the Arq.Futuro team, she is currently advising on the project of the new YouTube space in Rio de Janeiro. Marisa also holds board positions in several philanthropic organizations, including the São Paulo Art Biennale, the Instituto Parque do Flamengo, the Instituto Parque Ecologico Sitiê, and Urbem (the Institute of Urbanism and Studies for The Metropolis).
 
Hashim Sarkis (Lebanon, USA)
Hashim Sarkis is Dean of the School of Architecture and Planning at MIT. Prior to joining MIT, he was The Aga Khan Professor of Landscape Architecture and Urbanism at the Harvard University Graduate School of Design (GSD). Sarkis has also held numerous visiting appointments around the world including the American University of Beirut and the Metropolis Program in Barcelona. In addition to his academic work, Sarkis is principal architect in the Cambridge- and Beirut-based firm, Hashim Sarkis Studios, founded in 1998. His architectural and planning projects include affordable housing, institutional buildings, and town planning throughout the globe. His current projects include the recently completed Byblos Town Hall (Byblos, Lebanon) and the Courtowers (Aamchit, Lebanon), currently under construction. Sarkis holds a Bachelor of Architecture and Bachelor of Fine Arts from Rhode Island School of Design and a Master of Architecture from Harvard University GSD. He received his Ph.D. in Architecture from Harvard University GSD for his thesis Publics and Architects: Re-Engaging Design in the Democracy.
 
Karen Stein (USA)
Karen Stein is an architectural advisor, Executive Director of the George Nelson Foundation, and a member of the faculty of the Design Criticism program at the School of Visual Arts in New York. Previously, she was Editorial Director of Phaidon Press and, prior to that, Senior Managing Editor of Architectural Record. She is the author of Aldo Rossi Architecture 1981-1991 (Princeton Architectural Press) and a contributor to The Writings of Donald Judd (Chinati Foundation) and 30 Years of Emerging Voices: Idea, Form, Resonance (Princeton Architectural Press). Her writing has also been featured in a variety of publications, including Architectural Record, New York Magazine, a+u, The Wall Street Journal Magazine, and The World of Interiors. A graduate of Princeton University with a Bachelor of Arts in architecture, she was awarded a Loeb Fellowship in Environmental Studies by Harvard University. She is currently a member of the board of directors of The Architectural League of New York and was a member of the jury of The Pritzker Architecture Prize from 2003 through 2012.