Architecture dean Stern to chair international jury for Venice Biennale

Robert A.M. SternRobert A.M. Stern, dean of the Yale School of Architecture, has been elected as chair of the international jury for this year’s Venice Biennale.

The international jury of the 13th International Architecture Exhibition, which takes place Aug. 29-Nov. 25, will choose winners for the Golden Lion for best national participation, the Golden Lion for best project in the international exhibition, and the Silver Lion for a promising young architect in the exhibition.

Other members of the jury include architect and architectural theorist Wiel Arets (Netherlands), who is also a professor of building planning and design at the Berlin University of the Arts; Kristin Feireiss (Germany), a journalist, curator, director of the Netherlands Architecture Institute from 1996 to 2001 and founder of the Architecture Forum Aedes in Berlin; Benedetta Tagliabue (Italy), an architect and co-founder with Eric Miralles of Miralles Tagliabue, EMBT; and Alan Yentob (Great Britain) creative director of the BBC, editor and presenter of the award-winning Imagine program, and honorary fellow of the Royal Institute of British Architects.

The awards ceremony will take place during the official opening of the exhibition at the Giardini of la Biennale.