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Hashim Sarkis Appointed Curator of 2020 Venice Architecture Biennale

The board of the Venice Architecture Biennale announced today that Hashim Sarkis, founder of the Boston- and Beirut-based firm Hashim Sarkis Studios (HSS) and dean of the School of Architecture and Planning at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology since 2015, has been named the curator of its seventeenth edition, which will take place from May 23, 2020 to November 29, 2020.

“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,” the biennial’s president, Paolo Baratta, said in a statement.

Prior to joining MIT, Sarkis was the Aga Khan professor of landscape architecture and urbanism at Harvard University. He has also taught at the Rhode Island School of Design, Yale University, the American University of Beirut, and the Metropolis Program in Barcelona, and is the author of several books, including Josep Lluis Sert, The Architect of Urban Design (Yale University Press, 2008) and Circa 1958, Lebanon in the Projects and Plans of Constantinos Doxiadis (Dar Annahar, 2003).

Sarkis was a member of the international jury of the 2016 Venice Architecture Biennale. The work of his firm has been exhibited in the 2014 and 2010 iterations of the exhibition, as well as at the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the International Architecture Biennale Rotterdam, the Bi-City Biennale of Urbanism/Architecture of Shenzhen/Hong Kong, and the Bienal de Arquitectura y Urbanismo in Valparaíso, Chile.

Commenting on his appointment, Sarkis said: “The world is putting new challenges in front of architecture. I look forward to working with participating architects from around the world to imagine together how we are going to rise to these challenges. Thank you President Baratta and La Biennale di Venezia team for providing architecture this important platform. I am both honored and humbled.”