Open Call to Architecture Students for Pavilion of Turkey at Venice Architecture Biennale 2018

Vardiya / The Shift, the project that will be exhibited at the Pavilion of Turkey at the 16th International Architecture Exhibition, La Biennale di Venezia, under the coordination of the Istanbul Foundation for Culture and Arts (İKSV) invites architecture students from all over the world to join a series of events and workshops that will take place between 26 May and 25 November 2018.

Within the scope of Vardiya / The Shift, architecture students who will go to Venice on weekly shifts during the 16th International Architecture Exhibition, La Biennale di Venezia will be included in a broad participatory project within the framework of this year's biennale theme Freespace. Architecture students who will be hosted by İKSV in Venice will participate in the events and workshops organised in the Pavilion of Turkey between 26 May and 25 November 2018 to create an exhibition content which is expected to derive and flourish over time. Vardiya / The Shift aims to provide the necessary environment and facilities for architecture students while encouraging an active approach for being producers of the exhibition content, instead of just being followers.

Vardiya / The Shift is curated by Kerem Piker. Associate curators include Cansu Cürgen, Yelta Köm, Nizam Onur Sönmez, Yağız Söylev and Erdem Tüzün.

The deadline for the open call applications is 1 February 2018.

The programme is open for international applications from undergraduate and graduate architecture students. To apply, students must include a portfolio, which includes their resume, sketches, designs, drawings from their coursework as well as their individual or group productions for design competitions, workshops etc. along with a short video on the theme of this open call. The video should be 30 to 60 seconds long and should address one or more answers to the questions “Why does the biennial exist?”, “What does the biennial do?” and ”For whom does the biennial exist?”.

Students, who are free to use any technique in their video, should upload the video to a video sharing website such as Youtube or Vimeo whereas their portfolio must be uploaded to a portfolio sharing website such as issuu or behance.

The applications will be evaluated in a two-step process. Students who upload their portfolios and videos to relevant websites and fill out the application form on should send this information to until 1 February 2018. Shortlisted students of the second stage will join video interviews with the curatorial team led by Kerem Piker through Google Hangout. After the final evaluation, the names of the selected students will be announced on on 1 March 2018.

Trip to Venice throughout the Biennale
Applicants from Turkey will be provided with a return flight ticket to Venice from Istanbul, whereas applicants outside of Turkey will be provided with an economy class return train or flight ticket to Venice departing from the city addressed in their application. The accommodation expenses of the students, who will stay in Venice for 1 week during their shift, will be compensated by the collaborating institutions and participants will be accommodated at student dormitories. For more details and to apply, please visit: or send an e-mail to:

Pavilion of Turkey at the 16th International Architecture Exhibition, la Biennale di Venezia The Pavilion of Turkey exhibition is coordinated by İKSV, and realised with the co-sponsorship of Schüco Turkey and VitrA, and under the auspices of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Ministry of Culture and Tourism of the Republic of Turkey. The Pavilion of Turkey at the 14th International Architecture Exhibition, la Biennale di Venezia was realised in 2014 for the first time, upon a 20-year allotment with İKSV’s initiation and the contribution of 21 supporters.


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