Call for Expressions of Interest

Curators Davidson and Ponce de Leon will select twelve participants to design new speculative projects for four sites in Detroit (three projects per site), to be determined in consultation with a committee of advisors deeply familiar with the city – including planners, historians, community organizers, and government officials. The twelve projects will be exhibited in the pavilion and documented in an exhibition cataLog, a special issue of the journal Log. The selection process will be conducted in one stage. To be considered, architecture practices and teams of architects formed for the purpose of participating in The Architectural Imagination are invited to submit an Expression of Interest. The curators are looking for design excellence, innovative speculative thinking, and architectural expertise in built and/or unbuilt work.


  • August 13, 2015: Deadline for architects submitting an Expression Of Interest.
  • September 24, 2015–October 16, 2015: Architects travel to Michigan for site visits, tours, and community meetings in Detroit, and one round-table discussion per site at Taubman College.
  • October 2015: Launch of "My Detroit" Photo Competition
  • December 31, 2015: Deadline for "My Detroit" Photo Competition
  • January 2015: Jury for "My Detroit" Photo Competition will select twenty winners which will be printed into postcards 
  • September 1, 2015–January 31, 2016: Design and fabrication of projects.
  • May, 26 2016: Publication of cataLog (Log 37).
  • May 28, 2016–November 27, 2016: 15th International Architecture Exhibition of the Venice Biennale (Vernissage on May 26–27, 2016).


Any firm or team composed of individuals with permanent resident status must include a US citizen to be legally eligible; individual architects must be US citizens. Teams must include at least one practicing architect or architectural designer. Current architecture students are not eligible to participate. An architect may participate in only one EOI submission, whether as an individual, with a firm, or on team of individuals.