Carnicero to Cocurate Spanish Pavilion at the 2016 Venice Biennale

December 17, 2015

Visiting Assistant Professor Iñaqui Carnicero, architecture, has been selected along with Carlos Quintáns to cocurate the Spanish Pavilion at the 2016 Venice Architecture Biennale.

The Spanish Pavilion is one of the permanent pavilions of the biennale, and is sited in the central entrance area. Previous curators include Iñaki Abalos, chair at Harvard GSD (2014), and Anton García Abril (2012).

Carnicero and Quintáns aim to "design an attractive proposition that represents a country with an enormous influence on the international architecture scene." To start the process, Carnicero and Quintáns created a list of more than 500 Spanish architects, from which they will chose a select group to develop projects for the Spanish pavilion.

"We hope to highlight this magnificent Spanish heritage, to value the work of these professionals — their preparation, creativity, and reliability — as well as their contributions to so many universities and schools around the globe," says Carnicero. "Venice must become not only a theoretical window on solutions, beauty, and techniques, but also a commercial platform to show the world the significance and capabilities of Spanish architects."

Carnicero has received several awards including the Design Vanguard Award, AIANY Housing Award, Emerging Architects Award, and FAD and Colegio Oficial de Arquitectos de Madrid (COAM) awards. Quintáns is a professor in the architectural construction department of the University of A Coruña Architecture School in Spain, director of Tectónica magazine, and has received awards including the Official Architects’ Association of Galicia (COAG) prize, the FAD prize, and Special Mention at the Spanish Architecture Biennale.

The 2016 Venice Biennale is under the direction of Chilean architect Alejandro Aravena, who has selected a theme of "Reporting from the Front" for the exhibition. His intention is to focus on the need for housing and the "battle for a better built environment." The exhibition will be open from May 28 to November 27, 2016.

By Rebecca Bowes

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