Istanbul Design Biennial Appoint Emre Arolat and Joseph Grima as Curators

Emre Arolat and Joseph Grima have been appointed as the curators of the first Istanbul Design Biennial, which will be realized between 13 October–12 December 2012 by the Istanbul Foundation for Culture and Arts.

The curators will independently interpret the theme “Imperfection”, adopted at the suggestion of Deyan Sudjic, Director of The Design Museum in London, and a member of the biennial’s advisory board. Emre Arolat and Joseph Grima will present two different approaches within the framework of the biennial theme. The framework of their curatorial studies will be announced at the beginning of 2012.

Emre Arolat studied architecture at Mimar Sinan University, and co-founded Emre Arolat Architects (EAA) with Gonca Paşolar in 2004. Arolat, who has held the presidential membership in ISMD, is a member of TMMOB Chamber of Architects. He has had teaching experiences at architectural design studios and as a project jury at several universities in Turkey. His projects with EAA have won many national and international awards, including “2006 AR Awards for Emerging Architecture, Highly Commended”, “2009 Europe & African Property Awards ” Emirates Glass Leaf Awards 2009″, “Cityscape Dubai Awards”, “2010 Aga Khan Award for Architecture”, “2011 MIPIM AR Future Projects Awards” and “2011 Green Good Design Awards”. Arolat’s essays and articles have been published in various occupational publications. He has contributed to EAA’s books, Dalaman Airport, Emre Arolat: Buildings / Projects 1998-2005, and ” …with regard to”.

Joseph Grima is a Milan-based architect, editor, writer and curator. He is the editor of Domus, the internationally renowned magazine of contemporary architecture, design and art founded by Gio Ponti in Milan. He is the former director of Storefront for Art and Architecture, a non-profit gallery and events space in New York City devoted to the advancement of innovative positions in art and architecture. His work has been presented at the Venice Biennale of Architecture, Experimenta, the New Museum (NYC) among others. He has edited and contributed to a wide range of books, magazines and periodicals including Abitare, Volume, Bracket, Urban China and New Geographies, and has taught and lectured in Europe and America, most recently at the Streka Institute of Media, Architecture and Design in Moscow. He currently sits on the advisory board of the Vitra Design Museum and the Shorefast Foundation.

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