In this series Sir John Soane’s Museum and James Taylor-Foster are inviting curators and thinkers to reflect on the meanings, implications and varying strategies behind the display of architecture. Writer and curator, Giulia Foscari gives the seventh talk.

Giulia Foscari is an architect, curator and assistant professor, based in Hong Kong and Buenos Aires. In Asia, she taught at Hong Kong University and, after a year at Foster and Partners, she was the first person on the ground for the OMA Hong Kong office. In parallel, Foscari curated two Collateral Events at the Venice Biennale: ‘Palladio and Contemporary Architects: Zaha Hadid and Patrick Schumacher’ (2008) and the 2010 Hong Kong Pavilion with Juan Du. In South America, she was responsible for a small OMA platform which focused on research and design projects in the region. Since 2013, Foscari shifted her focus back to her hometown, Venice, by being part of AMO Biennale team and by publishing Elements of Venice (2014); a book which was developed as a parallel research to Rem Koolhaas’ exhibition and book Elements of Architecture (2014).

Architecture on Display: Cutting the Gordian Knot – about the series

Architecture and the discourse which envelops it has tied itself into a Gordian Knot of self-representation and reflection. While an ever larger number of curators of architecture step into the limelight, we see one central question emerging with renewed urgency: what does it mean to curate architecture?

How should architects, curators and, indeed, spectators conceive the material of architectural curating: drawings, photographs and models, or ideas, systems and strategies? In what ways can a growing international cohort of curators of architecture negotiate the differing demands of the cultural institutions and organisations in which their practice frequently takes place, those of the profession and of society more broadly? Who is, could, or should be, the audience? Ultimately, what is the purpose of curating architecture?

The 30 minute presentations are followed by a 30 minute audience discussion.

Doors open at 18:45. We are in a Grade I listed, 19th-century building, so access is not always straightforward. If you require step-free access or extra assistance, please contact us in advance of your booking on or 020 7405 2107.

Event Info

28 Mar 2018

19:00 - 20:00


£10 / £5 students