Knowlton Students and Faculty Help Create US Pavilion at Venice Biennale

On June 4, OfficeUS, a global collaborative architectural practice founded by Eva Franch i Gilabert, Ana Miljački and Knowlton School Associate Professor of Architecture Ashley Schafer, officially opened at the 2014 Venice Architecture Biennale. The opening was structured as a three day program of talks centered around twenty-five issues identified by the exhibition’s founders that will be explored by the partners and OfficeUS outposts over the next six months.

OfficeUS welcomed 20,000 people during its first three days of operation in the Biennale’s US Pavilion. The project represents a global history of American architecture practice, while mapping aspirations for its future. Throughout the past academic year, Knowlton architecture students helped design OfficeUS and traveled to Venice to assist in its construction. This coming autumn, Knowlton students will again travel to Venice where they will work at OfficeUS,  “an active, experimental architectural office that researches, studies, and remakes 1,000 projects designed by American architecture firms and exported abroad.”

More than 75 industry leaders including Richard Armstrong, Sylvia Lavin, Mark Robbins and Bernard Tschumi participated in panels and conversations during the three day opening program. The office and courtyard table designed by Leong Leong were a hub for conversation about the state of architecture today and where it might go in the near future.

For more information on the OfficeUS, visit the project website. For additional photographs by Knowlton School student Mike Zumpano, visit his Venice Biennale 2014 album on Flickr.

About the photographs

1 and 2) OfficeUS opening by Mike F. Zumpano
3) Ashley Schafer by Mike F. Zumpano
4) OfficeUS; inside Pavilion designed by Leong Leong & Pentagram: Natasha Jen. Courtesy David Sundberg / Esto.
5) OfficeUS: Exhibition and graphic design by Leong Leong and Pentagram: Natasha Jen. Courtesy David Sundberg / Esto.
6) Paolo Baratta, Eva Franch i Gilabert, Ana Miljački, Ashley Schafer - OfficeUS by Mike F. Zumpano
7) Plan rendering; OfficeUS in U.S. Pavilion, Leong Leong, 2014. Courtesy Leong Leong.

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