ACE in Venice

Venice is the premier destination for architects and the University of Adelaide celebrates the contributions by staff, students and alumni at upcoming events in 2023.

From May to November, 2023, ACE will exhibit student’s work at a major exhibition in Venice, Italy, called Time, Space Existence hosted by the European Cultural Centre (ECC). The School’s exhibit is a joint venture between the University of Adelaide + Tectvs, an Adelaide based architectural firm with a long-standing relationship with the School of Architecture and Civil Engineering; Industry Professor Antonio Giannone and PhD candidate Francesco Bonato are both Directors of Tectvs. Crossovers between education and practice, fuelled by cultural intersections, migration, creative collaboration and utopian visions, drive the risky thinking that connects this interactive exhibit and distinguishes our School.

Master of Architecture
Provocative designs by final year students from the Master of Architecture – Xinyu Chen, Hugh Adare and Zihe Chen - speculate on new realities and alternative forms of temporal, spatial and social organisation. Young architects are visibly confident in a world of constant change, in environments that are negotiable, taking creative responsibility for the production of new realities.


The Paduli monument, constructed in Italy, is also featured. This urban artefact celebrates Australian narratives of migration. Students were invited to design a monument which celebrated family connections across time and space in response to a brief prepared by Adelaide’s Campania Club and the Comune di Paduli in Italy. Six students worked in pairs to produce three designs. Nur Azmina Mohd Azli and Michael Robert List described their design, selected by the organising committee and built in Paduli, as a: ‘series of connected doorways that directly face Adelaide, reflecting the themes of immigration and journeys’. 

Paduli momument

The TAP workshop is another global collaboration uniting students, staff and architects from Tongji University, University of Adelaide and the Politecnico di Milano (TAP). The design interventions, informed by diverse cultural perspectives, focus on revitalising the urban fabric in Adelaide, Shanghai and Mantova. 

Collaborating with Industry
Crossovers between education and practice are critical to successful design education and the exhibit rounds off with a showcase of Tectvs’ innovative, award-winning projects that activate a sense of place in multi-cultural Australia.

La Serenissima will also host the prestigious Biennale Architettura, the 18th International Architecture Exhibition from 20 May to 26 November. 

Alumni – unsettling Queenstown, The Australian Pavilion
Three University of Adelaide alumni - Anthony Coupe, Emily Paech and Julian Worrall - are part of a curatorial team, with Ali Gumillya Baker and Sarah Rhodes, supported by Commissioner Janet Holmes à Court AC. The team has designed an exhibit – entitled unsettling Queenstown – for the Australian Pavilion, one of only 29 national pavilions, located in the celebrated Giardini della Biennale.  

The Australian Institute of Architects has facilitated Australia’s representation at the Venice Biennale of Architecture since 2005. Industry Professor Tony Giannone, Australian Institute of Architects Venice Committee Chairman, said: “The AIA is honoured to take part in this year’s Biennale Architettura, the most important event in the international architectural calendar. Unsettling Queenstown will offer an immersive, multi-sensory experience that will captivate and challenge visitors. The exhibition represents an approach to architectural thinking that we believe will become a critical strategy of architectural culture worldwide.”

The School of Architecture and Civil Engineering is proud to feature the work of our outstanding staff, students and alumni to this global audience in Venice.