[Peggy Guggenheim Collection ]



Student Workshops Led by Influential Architects Hani Rashid and Greg Lynn
to Open in June 2000

The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York and the Peggy Guggenheim Collection, Venice, today announced the program for the United States Pavilion at the Giardini di Castello, as part of the upcoming Seventh Venice Architecture Biennale. From June 18 to October 29, Greg Lynn and Hani Rashid, two highly respected young architects and theoreticians, will lead a studio program and exhibition that will feature the work of architecture students from UCLA and Columbia. The program for the U.S. Pavilion has been developed by Max Hollein, U.S. Commissioner to the Seventh Venice Architecture Biennale, in association with the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation.

Together with a select group of students from the Department of Architecture and Urban Design in the School of the Arts and Architecture at UCLA in Los Angeles and from the Graduate School of Architecture at Columbia University in New York, Lynn and Rashid will transform the U.S. Pavilion into a research laboratory designed to investigate, produce, and present a broad scope of new architectural schemes. During the initial work period, renowned experts and intellectuals from various fields will be invited to the U.S. Pavilion to join the group of students. They will critique the projects, give feedback, and stimulate new thought processes regarding the works-in-progress. Following the studio program, presentation of the students' work and working process will remain on view for the duration of the Biennale.

"Our involvement in the Architecture Biennale, and in this project in particular, manifests once again the Guggenheim's keen interest and participation in the discourse and execution of contemporary architecture," stated Thomas Krens, Director of the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation. , "Collaborating with the architecture schools at Columbia University and UCLA, two of the leading faculties in the world, is an important gesture toward an emerging generation of young architects."

This program is sponsored by IBM IntelliStation, Chrysler Italia, 3M, Delta Air Lines, Zero Systemic Furniture, and BTicino.

Generous support provided by Precix Advanced Cutting Technologies, RAS, Walter Lantz Foundation, and William Kinne Fellows Trust.

Additional support provided by Kaindl Flooring, Zumtobel Staff, Bisazza, Dietl International Services, Alias Wavefront, Bruno and Christina Bischofberger, trivioquadrivio, an anonymous donor, and Intrapresae Collezione Guggenheim.