US Pavilion at the Venice Architecture Biennale – Call for Applications

By Editorial Team on November 22, 2016

Deadline: Thu, 12 January 2017



Deadline: January 12, 2017


The Department of State and National Endowment for the Arts are pleased to announce an open competition for grants from US based non profit organizations including museums, galleries, visual and design arts centers and schools of design and architecture to organize the official US presentation at the 16th International Architecture Exhibition to be held in Venice, Italy, June through November, 2018. The international architecture exhibition is the premier showcase for revolutionary ideas in contemporary architecture and planning through national representations. Proposals should represent the most excellent and innovative work in American architecture and landscape architecture. Award amount this year is $200,000, made possible by a $100,000 contribution from the NEA.


  • By December 15, 2016, please discuss your project with the coordinator of the Federal Advisory Committee on International Exhibitions (FACIE) at the NEA: Guiomar Ochoa at
  • Proposal Deadline: January 12, 2017
  • Exhibition Dates: June – November, 2018

Review Criteria
Eligible proposals will be reviewed on the following criteria:

  • Architectural excellence, which includes:
    • Quality and significance of the architects, organizations, designs, or services that the project will involve, as appropriate.
    • Record of professional activity and achievement by individuals/organizations involved.
    • Ability to monitor and measure the effectiveness and impact of the exhibition.
  • Architectural merit, which includes:
    • Extent to which proposal represents the vitality and/or diversity of contemporary US architecture.
    • Scope of public programming in Venice to engage broad audiences through outreach activities associated with the exhibition.
    • Public programming for participants in underserved communities surrounding Venice is also encouraged. The Biennale is a unique opportunity to share important developments in the American architectural field with members of the international community and engage diverse audiences (e.g. youth, women, and underserved communities) beyond the exhibition site.
    • Suitability of the exhibition for the US Pavilion at the 16th International
    • Architecture Exhibition.
    • Ability of applicant to carry out the proposed exhibition with a cost-effective budget.
    • Support of US foreign policy goals, which may include:
      • Strengthening the capacity of civil societies to be more inclusive, in particular of youth and women.
      • Inspiring young people to take leadership roles in initiatives that create positive opportunities for themselves and their communities.
      • Prompting dialogue regarding peace, reconciliation and civil society resiliency.
      • Upholding human rights.
      • Showcasing entrepreneurial skills.
      • Demonstrating environmental stewardship.