SALA faculty feature on two teams shortlisted by the Canada Council for the Arts for Canada’s official representation at the 18th International Architecture Exhibition at the Venice Biennale.

Architects Against Housing Alienation (A.A.H.A.) includes Associate Professor Matthew Soules, Associate Professor Sara Stevens, and Assistant Professor Tijana Vujosevic, as well as previous SALA Adjunct Professor and current MacEwen School of Architecture Adjunct Professor Patrick Stewart. Their proposal, Not for Sale!: Housing Beyond Capitalism, explores the extractive logic of speculative real estate, colonial dispossession of Indigenous lands, and the modern invention of fee-simple property that have led to the current housing crisis, as well as advocates for an urgent response. The team also features members from the University of Waterloo School of Architecture and the MacEwen School of Architecture at Laurentian University. 

HiLo/YOW+ includes Associate Professor and Architecture Chair Blair Satterfield and Lecturer Thena Jean-hee Tak representing HiLo Lab, in addition to members from YOW+ at the Azrieli School of Architecture & Urbanism at Carlton University. Their proposal, -Post-, seeks to transform the Canada Pavilion through a set of installations into an experiential, global event space that speculates on a series of narratives in Canadian architecture, reflecting on past and future relationships, and the material stories that underpin them.

Since 1980, the Venice Biennale of Architecture has been one of the world’s most important exhibitions of global architecture.  The 18th International Architecture Exhibition, taking place in 2023, will feature 60 national pavilion exhibitions, a central exhibition with over 100 participants from around the world, as well as collateral events throughout the city. 

The selection committee is expected to announce the team that will represent Canada in March 2022.