Gerard Reinmuth (left) and Anthony Burke. Photo: David Burns

By Tina Perinotto

15 September 2011 – Anthony Burke and Gerard Reinmuth have been appointed to head the creative team for the Australian Institute of Architects’ Australian Pavilion at the 13th Venice International Architecture Biennale in a move billed a “real world” choice.

The AIA said that  both co-creative directors would bring a “wealth of experience in practice, and visionary understanding of the evolutionary processes currently occurring across the architectural profession.”

Anthony Burke is associate professor and Head of the School of Architecture at UTS and  Gerard Reinmuth is a Director of TERROIR, the practice founded with Richard Blythe and Scott Balmforth in 1999.

This year the offering will focus on “new practices in Australian Architecture” and is designed to“challenge traditionally held beliefs about what architecture can be,” the AIA said in a statement.

Last exhibition for the Biennale focused on ideas for how Australia might or could look in 2050, in a theme calculated to stimulate creative thinking about urban planning. It included ideas such as a city built on Lake Eyre, for instance, to where water could be been channelled until the often-dry lake developed its own micro climate and could support a population that might reach 50 million.

“Formations” would highlight “the unconventional and world-leading innovative range of architectural practice types being developed across Australia,” based around a “series of installations or formations responding to the light-filled, sculpted pavilion interior.”