Undergraduate and graduate programmes offered by the University iuav of Venice:

November Talks 2021




conference cycle


curated by Fernanda De Maio e Renato Bocchi


promoted by

Università Iuav di Venezia

Sto Foundation


November 2021

5 pm


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This shot of the powerful installation "The Listener" by Giuseppe Penone at the 17th Venice Architecture Biennale "How will we live together?” frames, summarizes and contains the meaning of all the questions present on the architect's desk, today. “The Listener” invites to completely subvert the point of view on the issues that, in general, involve shaping the planet through architecture. With the November Talks 2021, Sto Stiftung and Iuav, propose to the public the work and thoughts of four authors / studios who in different ways decline the "form follows planet" paradigm, with which the European Commission invites architects, urban planners, artists and designers to bring the keywords Inclusiveness, Sustainability and Beauty to the core of the future development of the planet, in the perspective of the Green New Deal. The three key words resonate in the concrete and intellectual work of the invited architects, by updating the Vitruvian triad – utilitas, firmitas, venustas – which has marked the education to architecture of generations of architects for millennia.



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conferences will be held in English


2 November 2021

Badoer, aula Tafuri

Bernard Khoury

Stitching the skyline


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Bernard Khoury was born in Beirut in 1968. He studied architecture at the Rhode Island School of Design and received a Masters in Architectural Studies from Harvard University. In 2001, he was awarded the honourable mention of the Borromini Prize by the Municipality of Rome. In 2004, he was awarded the Architecture + Award. He is the co-founder of the Arab Center for Architecture. He was a visiting professor at Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, Ecole Spéciale d’Architecture in Paris and the American University of Beirut. He has lectured and exhibited his work in several prestigious academic institutions in Europe and the U.S., including Aedes Gallery in Berlin (2003), Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo in Turin (2008) and MAXXI Museum in Rome (2010). He was the architect and co-curator of the Kingdom of Bahrain’s national pavilion at the Venice Biennale 2014 - 14th International Architecture Exhibition.



9 November 2021

Tolentini, Aula Magna

Sebastian Irarrazaval

A more ancient and sterner world


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Sebastián Irarrázaval has been teaching architectural design at Universidad Católica de Chile since 1994. He has been visiting professor at various universities, including MIT in Boston and Università Iuav di Venezia. Among his projects are the Hotel Indigo Patagonia, the Cultural Centre of the Chilean Embassy in Argentina, the building for the School of Design and the Institute of Urban and Territorial Studies at Universidad Católica de Chile, the houses Ocho al Cubo, Caterpillar, 2Y, and the Constitución Public Library.

His works have been shown in various exhibitions such as the UIA in Barcelona, the College of Architects of Catalonia, the Harvard GSD, the Chilean Architecture Biennial, Iberoamericana, la Triennale di Milano and la Biennale di Venezia. Reported by El Mercurio as one of the most influential architects of the last 30 years (2014), he has received numerous awards and mentions including the Honor at the Wood Design and Building Award (Canada, 2016), the Eeero Saarinen Honorary Lecturer from the Museum of Architecture of Finland (2017), and the RIBA International Fellowship from the Royal Institute of British Architects (2018).



18 November 2021

Badoer, aula Tafuri

Unscene Architecture

The garden of privatised delights


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Madeleine Kessler and Manijeh Verghese are co-curators of the British Pavilion at the 17th International Venice Architecture Biennale and co-founders of multi-scalar design practice Unscene Architecture. Kessler is a director of Madeleine Kessler Architecture, and sits on the National Infrastructure Commission’s Design Group. She was named in the Architects’ Journal 40 under 40 and a 2019 RIBA Rising Star. Verghese is Head of Public Engagement at the Architectural Association. She is an architecture designer, curator and educator.



16 December 2021

Cotonificio, auditorium

Carla Juaçaba

Gently on the ground


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Since 2000, Carla Juaçaba has developed her independent and research-based architecture practice in Rio de Janeiro. After graduation, she worked on several public and private projects in her own country, distinguishing herself through personal research, including Atelier House, Rio Bonito House, Varanda House, Santa Teresa House, and a couple of exhibition designs including the ephemeral Pavilion Humanidade 2012 for Rio+20, conceived with the theatre director Bia Lessa. Carla Juaçaba is constantly involved in academic fields, teaching, and giving lectures in several important institutions as Harvard GSD, Columbia Universi­ty GSAPP, Academia di Architettura Mendrisio, Iuav di Venezia. She won the first edition of the international prize ArcVision Women and Architecture 2013 in Italy. She was invited to Venice Architecture Biennale 2018 with the project BALLAST, and built one of the Vatican Chapels for the Holy See Pavilion. She was the Winner of the AREA Architectural Review Emerging Architecture Award 2018. She is currently teaching at Mendrisio Academy. Her office is now based in London.



university credits


In order to obtain the 2 cfu type D, students are required to attend the entire conference cycle and submit an A4 document, max 10.000 characters + any images/sketches on the topics explored in the November Talks 2021.

The file, saved as “name_surname.pdf”, must be sent to demaio@iuav.it by 7 January 2022.