Venice Biennale – Shortlist announced for 2014 Australian Creative Directors

Venice Biennale – Shortlist announced for 2014 Australian Creative Directors

Seven teams have progressed to stage two of the Australian Institute of Architects’ search for the Creative Director of the Australian Exhibition at the 2014 Venice Architecture Biennale.

The shortlist, which comprises a record number of submissions, was selected by the Institute’s Venice Biennale Committee (VBC) led by Immediate Past President and Venice Biennale Commissioner Brian Zulaikha.

Shortlisted entries are:
Under Construction – Dr Elizabeth Farrelly, Grace Mortlock, David Neustein and Dan Hill with Other Architects and Fabrica (NSW)
Augmented Australia 1914-2014 – felix. + Sophie Giles & Simon Anderson (WA)
Flatpack Pavilion – Zanny Begg, Chris Fox, Helen Lochhead and John Choi (NSW)
Openings ­- Andrew Burns / Mark Gowing / Brett Boardman (NSW)
Distinctions + Contradictions, At Home with Australian Architecture by Associate Professor Jay Younger, Lindy Johnson, Elizabeth Watson Brown, Jennifer Taylor (Advisor), and Tony Gooley Design (QLD)
Between – FloodSlicer and Two4K (VIC)
The Peephole Hoarding – The AU: Monica Earl, Daniel Fink, Tamara Frangelli, Nic Moore, Gabriele Ulacco with Suzanne Boccalatte of Boccalatte (NSW)

For the next stage of the competition each team will further develop their proposal and present to the VBC on June 6. The appointed Creative Director Team will be announced in July.

More information about the shortlisted entries will be made available following the presentations.

The 2014 International Architecture Exhibition Creative Director, Rem Koolhaas has selected the theme Fundamentals for the 14th Architecture Biennale which will run from 7 June to 23 November, 2014.

Fundamentals will be a Biennale about architecture, not architects. After several Biennales dedicated to the celebration of the contemporary, Fundamentals will focus on histories – on the inevitable elements of all architecture used by any architect, anywhere, anytime and on the evolution of national architectures in the last 100 years,’ said Mr Koolhaas.

Australia has been successfully represented at the Biennale since 2006, a major initiative of the Australian Institute of Architects, and is a vital part in the promotion of Australian architecture to the international architecture and design community with thousands of the world’s most influential architects, designers, urban planners, developers and critics visiting the Biennale.

The Institute’s Venice Biennale Committee comprises:

Brian Zulaikha – Immediate Past President/Director, Tonkin Zulaikha Greer (Chair)
Janet Holmes à Court AC – Patron of the Arts and Commissioner of the Australian Exhibition in 2010, 2012 and also for the 2014 Exhibition.
Paul Berkemeier – President Elect/Principal, Paul Berkemeier Architects
Shane Thompson – Queensland Chapter President/Principal, Shane Thompson Architects
Annabelle Pegrum – Director, PegrumJudd/Adjunct Professor, University of Canberra
Rachel Neeson – Principal, Neeson Murcutt Architects
Karl Fender – Founding Director, Fender Katsalidis Architects
Ross Clark – Chief Operating Officer, Australian Institute of Architects

The exhibition is supported by Austral Bricks, Smeg, Zip Industries, IBL Limited, Café di Stasio and Architecture Media. In addition, the Institute gratefully acknowledges the support given by the Australia Council for the Arts.


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