Chicago Architecture Biennial 2019 co-curators revealed

Chicago architecture biennial announced co-curators
The Chicago Architecture Biennial is gearing up for its 2019 edition. Pictured here, ’Constructions and References’ by Caruso St John with Thomas Demand and Hélène Binet from the 2017 show.
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While the Venice Architecture Biennale may be the largest architectural showcase in the world, its Chicago counterpart is the largest event of its kind in North America, so it made sense that its organisers took the opportunity of the 2018 Venice opening days, to announce the next Chicago Architecture Biennial’s curators – a team of two, curator and educator Sepake Angiama, and architect and urbanist Paulo Tavares. Angiama and Tavares will join artistic director Yesomi Umolu in creating the Chicago celebration’s 2019 edition.

The co-curators' research-based professional practice – Angiama’s work focuses on the social framework, while Tavares’ involves areas such as pace, conflict, rights and visual cultures -  makes them the perfect candidates to put together an exciting show, to explore architecture and innovation, and how these affect the way we live.

‘I am thrilled that Sepake Angiama and Paulo Tavares are joining me to steward the curatorial direction of the 2019 Chicago Architecture Biennial’, says Umolu. ‘Sepake and Paulo are noted for their contributions to their respective fields. They will broaden the range of ideas and practices at the biennial, and will be instrumental as we develop platforms for learning and engagement. I am excited to begin our work together.’

The Chicago Architecture Biennial, now in its third edition, is set to launch on 19 September 2019, and run through to 5 January 2020. The co-curators will now work closely with the artistic director to determine the biennial’s theme, which is planned to be announced this autumn.

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Paulo tavares announced co-curator at 2019 chicago architecture biennia

Today, the organisers announced two co-curators for 2019 - Brazil-based architect and urbanist Paulo Tavares...

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Sepake angiama announced co-curator at 2019 chicago architecture biennia

...and Europe-based curator and educator Sepake Angiama.

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Chicago architecture biennial announced 2019 co-curators in venice

The architectural celebration is the largest of its kind in North America and is set to launch in September 2019. Pictured here, 'Supermodels' by Sylvia Lavin with Erin Besler, Jessica Colangelo and Norman Kelley from the 2017 edition.

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Ellie Stathaki is the Architecture & Environment Director at Wallpaper*. She trained as an architect at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki in Greece and studied architectural history at the Bartlett in London. Now an established journalist, she has been a member of the Wallpaper* team since 2006, visiting buildings across the globe and interviewing leading architects such as Tadao Ando and Rem Koolhaas. Ellie has also taken part in judging panels, moderated events, curated shows and contributed in books, such as The Contemporary House (Thames & Hudson, 2018), Glenn Sestig Architecture Diary (2020) and House London (2022).