College of Architecture Associate Professor Marshall Brown Selected for U.S. Pavilion at the 2016 Venice Architecture Biennial

Winners have been announced for the United States Pavilion at the 2016 Venice Biennale, including Illinois Tech College of Architecture Associate Professor Marshall Brown. The exhibition is titled “The Architectural Imagination,” and will explore the possibilities of Detroit as a laboratory for “the innovative power of architecture.”

The 12 winners of the open call for portfolios will travel to Detroit in the fall for site visits and community meetings and to begin work on their designs, which will aim to propose urban solutions that can be applied in cities around the world to address 21st century social and environmental issues.

Curators Cynthia Davidson and Monica Ponce de Leon selected the 12 teams of architects from more than 250 submissions. They are:

A(n) Office, Detroit, Michigan
Marcelo López-Dinardi; V. Mitch McEwen

BairBalliet, Columbus, Ohio; Chicago, Illinois
Kelly Bair; Kristy Balliet

Greg Lynn FORM, Los Angeles, California
Greg Lynn

Mack Scogin Merrill Elam Architects, Atlanta, Georgia
Mack Scogin; Merrill Elam

Marshall Brown Projects, Chicago, Illinois
Marshall Brown

MOS Architects, New York, New York
Hilary Sample; Michael Meredith

Pita & Bloom, Los Angeles, California
Florencia Pita; Jackilin Hah Bloom

Present Future, Houston, Texas
Albert Pope; Jesús Vassallo

Preston Scott Cohen Inc., Boston, Massachusetts
Preston Scott Cohen

SAA/Stan Allen Architect, New York, New York
Stan Allen

T+E+A+M, Ann Arbor, Michigan
Thom Moran; Ellie Abrons; Adam Fure; Meredith Miller

Zago Architecture, Los Angeles, California
Andrew Zago; Laura Bouwman

The Architectural Imagination will present speculative architectural projects commissioned for four ​sites in Detroit that have far-reaching application for cities around the world. As advocates of the innovative power of architecture, curators Cynthia Davidson and Monica Ponce de Leon are commissioning the selected architects to produce works that will ​demonstrate the creativity and resourcefulness of architecture to address the social and environmental issues of the 21st century.

​This fall, the teams will be traveling to Detroit for site visits​ and community meetings​, as well as meeting with faculty and students ​at the University of Michigan’s Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning.