Hashim Sarkis
Hashim Sarkis

Lebanese architect Hashim Sarkis appointed curator of 2020 Venice Biennale Architecture Exhibition

Lebanese architect Hashim Sarkis has recently been appointed curator of Venice Biennale’s 17th International Architecture Exhibition, to be held in 2020.

The principal architect of Hashim Sarkis Studios, established in 1998 with offices in Beirut and Boston, Sarkis has been the Dean of the School of Architecture and Planning at MIT since 2015. He was a member of the international jury of the architectural biennale in 2016, and participated with his firm in the Pavilion of the United States in 2014, and Albania in 2010.

President of the biennale Paolo Baratta said, “We have appointed the curator of the next Biennale Architettura 2020, within the timeframe needed for organising the exhibition and in respect of the norms which govern La Biennale.

“With Hashim Sarkis, La Biennale has provided itself with a curator who is particularly aware of the topics and criticalities which the various contrasting realities of today’s society pose for our living space.”

“The world is putting new challenges in front of architecture,” said Sarkis. “I look forward to working with participating architects from around the world to imagine together how we are going to rise to these challenges.”

The 17th Venice Biennale will be held from 23 May to 29 November 2020.