Grafton Architects, the Dublin, Ireland-based firm that last year won the first ever Royal Institute of British Architects International Prize, will curate the 2018 Venice Architecture Biennale, the organization announced yesterday.
The firm, led by Yvonne Farrell and Shelley McNamara, clinched the inaugural RIBA International Prize with their work for UTEC, an engineering and technology-focused university in Lima, Peru. The expected theme of the 2018 biennial—which opens at the end of May next year—is an exploration of the “quality of public and private space, of urban space, of the territory and of the landscape as the main ends of architecture.”
Though the archispeak may cloud the relevance of the theme a bit, relevant it is: At the end of 2016, Patrik Schumacher, business partner of the late Zaha Hadid, came out against social housing and called for the privatization of public spaces, and was met with an outcry from the architectural community condemning the comments.
Chilean architect and 2016 Pritzker Prize winner Alejandro Aravena curated last year’s Venice Architecture Biennale, which focused on “the worldwide evolution of architecture,” with booths representing several dozen countries.
Read more about Grafton Architects over at the firm’s website.