Speaker Series: US Pavilion Talk

This event was LIVE on January 20th, 2022

About this event

Paul and Paul talk about the ideas behind the topic, the work within it, and the execution of the US Pavilion: American Framing at the 17th International Architecture Exhibition - la Biennale di Venezia.

About the Speakers

Paul Andersen is the director of Independent Architecture, a Denver-based office whose projects speculate on the roles that form, repetition, and pop culture play in architecture. He shapes the office’s agenda and practice, conducting design projects that include buildings, exhibitions, and writing. For the 2021 Venice Biennale, he and Paul Preissner designed and curated the US Pavilion, which presented work on wood framing in America.

In addition to teaching at UIC, Andersen has taught at the Universidad Torcuato Di Tella, the Harvard Graduate School of Design, and Cornell University. He was appointed a Fulbright specialist in architecture and has been a guest curator at the MCA Denver and the Biennial of the Americas. He has written several books, including The Architecture of Patterns and The Monuments Power the Cars, along with essays and articles on design.

Paul Preissner runs Paul Preissner Architects, which is located in Oak Park. He and Paul Andersen are the commissioners and curators of the Pavilion of the United States at the 17th International Architecture Exhibition – la Biennale di Venezia.

He is the author of Kind of Boring: Canonical Work and Other Visible Things Meant to Be Viewed as Architecture (Actar, 2021).

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