OfficeUS: US Pavilion at the 14th International Architecture Exhibition -- la Biennale di Venezia

OfficeUS was founded in 2014 with the mission to critically reflect on the production of US architectural firms abroad, while simultaneously projecting a new model for global architectural practice open to all of us. The library of OfficeUS lines the pavilion’s perimeter walls and contains a repository of projects produced by US architecture firms working abroad from 1914 to today. Chronologically organized binders consist of office and project information along with historical documentation of their press presence. Dispersed throughout these histories, a series of Issues— each with its own binder—emanates from this work provoking debate and outlining aspirations for the present office and its future. Over the course of the twenty-five weeks of the biennale, the OfficeUS Issues function as program and structure for the office operations, led by partners, Arielle Assouline-Lichten, Cooking Sections: Daniel Fernández Pascual & Alon Schwabe, Curtis Roth, Manuel Shvartzberg Carrió, Matteo Ghidoni, and M-A-U-S-E-R: Mona Mahall & Asli Serbest. Working in collaboration with ninety outpost offices, their mission is to look backward and forward simultaneously, submitting historical material to contemporary critique while projecting an alternative future where issues become assets.

Designed by Leong Leong, with environmental graphics by Pentagram, it provides a continuous workground for research, debate, design, and experimentation.