International Friend of Habitare in 2021:
Joseph Grima, an architect, curator, researcher and editor based between Milan and Eindhoven, will be the International Friend of Habitare in 2021. The International Friend explores Habitare and the field of Finnish design through global eyes, selects the most interesting content available at the event, and enters into dialogue with Habitare.
Joseph Grima is a British architect, who has a versatile career and background in exhibition curating, research and writing. He has worked with many design and architecture biennals around the world. Currently Grima works in both Milan and Eindhoven, as he is the creative director at Design Academy Eindhoven, and the chief curator of design at Triennale di Milano. He has previously also been the editor-in-chief of Domus design magazine.
“I am very happy to be the International Friend of Habitare 2020, a network that connects and inspires an international community of designers and guests. I’ve had the good fortune of visiting Finland several times over the years. It is a very beautiful country, that I think one sees strongly reflected in its design history.” Joseph Grima
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Bio – Joseph Grima
Joseph Grima is an architect, curator, researcher and editor who divides his time between Milan and Eindhoven. He is the creative director at Design Academy Eindhoven and the chief curator of design at Triennale di Milano. He is founder and partner at Space Caviar, an architecture and research practice operating at the intersection of design, technology, critical theory and the public realm. The studio produces built work, publications, exhibitions and films, which have been presented at the Venice Biennale of Architecture, Vitra Design Museum, the Victoria & Albert Museum, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and the Barbican, among others.
Grima was previously the editor-in-chief of Domus magazine, and director of Storefront for Art and Architecture, an independent gallery in New York City. In 2014, he was appointed co-curator of the first Chicago Architecture Biennial, the largest exhibition of contemporary architecture in the history of North America, and in 2012, he co-directed the first Istanbul Design Biennial. He is also the artistic director of Matera European Capital of Culture 2019.
He has taught and lectured widely at universities in Europe, Asia and America, including Strelka Institute of Media, Architecture and Design in Moscow, under the direction of Rem Koolhaas. He has served on numerous international juries, including the jury of the Venice Architecture Biennale in 2010, directed by Kazuyo Sejima.