The international Jury of the 15th International Architecture Exhibition – La Biennale di Veneziacomposed of Hashim Sarkis (President of the Jury, Lebanon, USA), Pippo Ciorra (Italy), Sergio Fajardo(Colombia), Marisa Moreira Salles (Brazil), and Karen Stein (USA). The awards of the international Jury are awarded for the following reasons:
Golden Lion for Best National Participation to Spain for a concisely curated selection of emerging architects whose work shows how creativity and commitment can transcend material constraints.
Special mention as National Participation to Japan for bringing the poetry of compactness to alternative forms of collective living in a dense urban setting.
Second special mention as National Participation to Peru for bringing architecture to a remote corner of the world, making it both a venue for learning as well as a means for preserving the culture of the Amazon.
Golden Lion for the Best Participant in the 15th Exhibition REPORTING FROM THE FRONT to Gabinete de Arquitectura (Solano Benítez; Gloria Cabral; Solanito Benítez – Paraguay) for harnessing simple materials, structural ingenuity and unskilled labour to bring architecture to underserved communities.
Silver Lion for a promising young participant to NLÉ (Kunlé Adeyemi – The Netherlands) for a powerful demonstration, be it in Lagos or in Venice, that architecture, at once iconic and pragmatic, can amplify the importance of education.
Special mention to the Participant in the 15th Exhibition REPORTING FROM THE FRONT to Maria Giuseppina Grasso Cannizzo (Italy), for her perseverance in using the rigours of her discipline to elevate the everyday into timeless works of architecture.
The Awards Ceremony of the 15th International Architecture Exhibition took place Saturday May 28th 2016 at Ca’ Giustinian, the headquarters of La Biennale di Venezia, at 11:00 am.