The Board of La Biennale di Venezia has announced that Hashim Sarkis, Dean of MIT’s School of Architecture and Planning, will curate the Venice Biennale’s 17th International Architecture Exhibition, to be held in the summer of 2020.
Sarkis is also the director of Hashim Sarkis Studios, with offices in Boston and Beirut. His firm designed buildings including the Byblos Town Hall in Lebanon and Dana Street House in Cambridge, Massachusetts. His apartment building in Tyre, Lebanon, was named one of the most significant buildings of the 21st century by “Phaidon Atlas of 21st Century.”
“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,” said Paolo Baratta, president of the Venice Biennale.
Sarkis joined the international jury of the Architecture Biennale in 2016, and participated with his firm in the Pavilion of the United States in 2015 and the Albania Pavilion in 2010.
“The world is putting new challenges in front of architecture,” Sarkis says. “I look forward to working with participating architects from around the world to imagine together how we are going to rise to these challenges.”
Sarkis is currently a dean of the School of Architecture and Planning at MIT. He received bachelor’s degrees in architecture and fine arts from the Rhode Island School of Design, and his master’s degree and PhD from Harvard University.
He is the author of several books about modern architecture and urban design. His publications include “Josep Lluis Sert: The Architect of Urban Design,” “Circa 1958: Lebanon in the Projects and Plans of Constantinos Doxiadis,” and “Le Corbusier's Venice Hospital.”
The next Venice Biennale of Architecture will run from May–November 2020.