The Australian Institute of Architects is presenting six of Australia’s most innovative architecture practices at the Australian Pavilion during the 2012 Venice Architecture Biennale. 

The six Australian architecture practices have been selected to exhibit within the Formations exhibition at the Venice Architecture Biennale.

Presented by the Australian Institute of Architects (‘the Institute’) and devised by Anthony Burke, Gerard Reinmuth and TOKO Concept Design, Formations: New Practices in Australian Architecture aims to provoke debate about the changing role of architects and the ‘formations’ in which they practice.

The six architectural practices were selected from a total pool of 124 submissions received from architects across the country, following an open call for expressions of interest in October last.

Submissions were received from practices working in architecture and city making to small strategic projects, objects, installations and media.

Six innovative ‘practice formations’ were selected including:

  • Healthabitat (Paul Pholeros, Stephan Rainow, Paul Torzillo)
  • Supermanoeuvre (Dave Pigram, Iain Maxwell, Chris Duffield)
  • Richard Goodwin Pty Ltd (Richard Goodwin)
  • 2112 Ai (100YR City) (Tom Kovac, Fleur Watson)
  • The Architects Radio Show (Stuart Harrison, Simon Knott, Christine Phillips, Rory Hyde)
  • Archrival (Claire McCaughan, Lucy Humphrey)
Formations will showcase Australian architectural practices that are challenging conventional perceptions and definitions of what it is to be an architect and the possibilities for the profession to make significant contributions to new domains of work through innovative ‘practice formations’.

By exploring the design methodologies, configurations and output of the six selected groups, Formations intends to stimulate compelling discourse about the future of the profession and alternate forms of architectural practice both in Australia and internationally.

Creative Directors Burke and Reinmuth will work in close curatorial collaboration with TOKO Concept Design to develop the exhibition with members of the selected ‘practice formations’.

The Venice Architecture Biennale is one of the most important international architecture events in the world, visited by thousands of architects, designers, urban planners and critics.

The 13th Venice Architecture Biennale is expected to take place later this year.