A view outside the Venice Biennale in 2023.
Jayden Ali's Thunder and Şimşek, outside the British Pavilion in 2023.

The open call for 2025 has now closed and we will announce the appointed team in Spring 2024 following a selection process.

The British Council Commission at the Venice Architecture Biennale aims to create debate that both challenges and influences the future of British and global architecture. 

What we’re looking for 

The 2025 British Pavilion exhibition will be a high-profile installation as part of British Council's focus year of collaboration between the UK and Kenya that will foster, celebrate and showcase the connections between the two countries. 

The lead applicant must be UK-based, and the project team should include at least one collaborator that is Kenyan, Kenya-based or British-Kenyan.

The practitioner team must be experienced in exhibition development and delivery and may consist of architects, exhibition designers, curators, educators, researchers or practitioners with another design or built-environment background.

We particularly welcome proposals from practitioner teams where the UK partner is based outside of Greater London in England, or is based in Wales, Scotland or Northern Ireland.

The successful proposal will put forward a compelling narrative, present a clear exhibition design concept that can be delivered within the agreed budget and have the flexibility to be experienced both physically and digitally by a global and diverse audience.

Courageous and innovative proposals

The British Pavilion at the 19th International Architecture Exhibition at the 2025 Venice Biennale presents a remarkable opportunity to demonstrate the UK’s strength in cross-cultural collaboration, architecture and architectural thinking. Ultimately, we’re looking for courageous and innovative proposals that prompt and inspire new perspectives in contemporary architecture and the role of the built environment in addressing global challenges.’ 

Sevra Davis – Director, Architecture, Design and Fashion, British Council 

About the British Pavilion Selection Committee

The advisory panel of leading architecture professionals changes for every edition of the Architecture Biennale. The panel selecting for 2025 consists of:

Sevra Davis (Chair), Commissioner of the British Pavilion; Director of Architecture Design and Fashion at the British Council

Grace Choi, Director, Grace Choi Architecture

Tom Dyckhoff, Architecture critic, historian, broadcaster and judge on Channel 4’s ‘Handmade: Britain's Best Woodworker’

Professor Aseem Inam, Professor and Chair in Urban Design, Welsh School of Architecture, Cardiff University

Joy Mboya, Cultural Activist and Founding Executive Director of the GoDown Arts Centre, Nairobi, Kenya

Professor Washington Ochieng, Professor at Imperial College and Trustee of the Science Museum

Muyiwa Oki, President of the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA)

Dr Huda Tayob, Lecturer in Architectural Studies at Manchester School of Architecture

Tamsie Thomson, CEO, The Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland (RIAS)