Grafton architects, Venice architecture biennale

Dublin-based Grafton Architects are curators of 2018 Venice Architecture Biennale

Dublin-based Grafton Architects have been chosen as the 2018 curators of the Venice Architecture Biennale.

The 16th Venice Architecture Biennale will open on 26 May 2018 until 25 November.

The founders, Yvonne Farrell and Shelley McNamara will be the 16th curators of the biennale, with projects such as the Universita Luigi Bocconi in Milan as well as the Medical School and Student Residences at the University of Limerick under their belt.

The curation will continue on the subject introduced by Alejandro Aravena, the previous curator of the biennale, focusing on how architecture can solve global issues.

Paolo Baratta, president of the Venice Biennale said: “The exhibition curated by Alejandro Aravena offered visitors a critical overview of the worldwide evolution of architecture and underlined how important it is that a qualified demand on the part of individuals and communities be met by an equally effective response, thereby confirming that architecture is one of civil society’s instruments for organising the space in which it lives and works.

“long these lines, Yvonne Farrell and Shelley McNamara will continue to address the same theme but from the point of view of the quality of the public and private space, of urban space, of the territory and of the landscape as the main ends of architecture.”

The 2018 curators are set to examine the quality of public and private spaces.

“The curators, who are well-known for the refinement of their work, are also known for their intense didactic activity and their ability to involve and fascinate new generations,” Baratta said.

The architects have won the Silver Lion in 2012 at the biennale festival, as well as winning the Irish firm at the RIBA International Awards for their work on the UTEC University in Lima, Peru.

The 16th Venice Architecture Biennale will open on 26 May 2018 until 25 November.