La Biennale di Venezia 2012



August 29th – November 25th. (Preview August 27th+28th.)

David Chipperfield has been named Director of the Architecture Sector with the specific responsibility of curating the 13th International Architecture Exhibition as part of the 2012 Venice Biennale which will be held in Venice, at the institutional venues of Giardini and Arsenale, from August 29th to November 25th 2012 (preview on August 27th-28th).

Anthony Burke and Gerard Reinmuth, working with TOKO Concept Design, are 2012 creative directors of the Australian Pavilion.



David Chipperfield studied at the Kingston School of Art and the Architectural Association in London. After graduating he worked at the practices of Douglas Stephen, Richard Rogers, and Norman Foster. He has taught and lectured worldwide, including as Professor of Architecture at the Staatliche Akademie der BildendenKuenste, Stuttgart from 1995 to 2001; and as visiting professor at schools of architecture in Austria, Italy, Switzerland, the United Kingdom and the United States. David Chipperfield is currently Norman R. Foster Visiting Professor of Architectural Design at Yale University.

David Chipperfield Architects was established in 1984 and currently has more than 250 staff at its offices in London, Berlin, Milan and Shanghai. Amongthe practice’s major recent works are the renewed Neues Museum in Berlin; the Anchorage Museum of History and Art, Alaska; the City of Justice in Barcelona; the Des Moines Public Library in Iowa; Ninetree Village, a residential district in Hangzhou, China; the new Museum Folkwang in Essen, Germany; the Kaufhaus Tyrol department store in Innsbruck and the Peek &Cloppenburgflagship store in Vienna; a laboratory building on the Novartis campus in Basel; and in 2011, the Turner Contemporary gallery in Margate and The Hepworth Wakefield, both in the United Kingdom.

Ongoing current projects include a new gallery for the ColecciónJumex in Mexico City; the luxury five star Hotel Café Royal on London’s Regent Street; the Perm Opera and Ballet Theatre in Russia; the Marrakech Gallery in Morocco; Elizabeth House, a major new office and residential development near Waterloo in London; the James Simon Gallery, a new entrance building to Berlin’s Museum Island; a new wing for the Saint Louis Art Museum in the United States; the Ansaldo City of Cultures in Milan; and a new building for the Kunsthaus Zurich in Switzerland.

From the beginning of his career, David Chipperfield has also been interested in the design and function of interior spaces, including shop interiors for Issey Miyake, Joseph, Dolce &Gabbana, and Valentino,as well as a range of furniture, lighting, and tableware.David Chipperfield’s Tonale range of ceramics for Alessi received the Compassod’Oro in 2011, and the Piana folding chair has recently been acquired for the permanent collection at MoMA.

The practice has won numerous international awards and citations for design excellence, including RIBA and AIA awards, the RIBA Stirling Prize in 2007, and the European Union Prize for Contemporary Architecture – Mies van der Rohe Award in 2011. In 1999 David Chipperfield was awarded the Heinrich Tessenow Gold Medal. He was made an Honorary Fellow of the American Institute of Architects and an Honorary Member of the Bund DeutscherArchitekten in 2007 and he was awarded both the Wolf Foundation Prize in the Arts and the Grand DAI Award (VerbandDeutscherArchitekten- und Ingenieurvereine) for Building Culture in 2010. He holds honorary doctorates from Kingston University (2009) and the University of Kent (2010).

In 2004 he was appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire for services to architecture. He was appointed a Royal Designer for Industry in 2006, and elected to the Royal Academy in 2008. In 2009 David Chipperfield was awarded the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany – the highest tribute that can be paid to individuals for service to the nation – and in 2010 he was knighted for services to architecture in the UK and Germany. In 2011, he received the RIBA Royal Gold Medal for Architecture; given in recognition of a lifetime’s work, the Royal Gold Medal is approved personally by Her Majesty the Queen.