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Get involved

Guests of the 2014 New Zealand exhibition gather before an exclusive vernissage event

Photo by Alex Mayes

From sponsorship to volunteering, New Zealand’s involvement in the 2016 Venice Architecture Bienalle provides multiple opportunities for engagement and exposure.


Our first experience of Venice in 2014 revealed all the Biennale has to offer potential partners, both in Venice itself and here in New Zealand: brand exposure to existing and overseas clients, event and hosting opportunities at the venue, guided tours of Venice and its architecture, leadership positioning as supporters of New Zealand architecture and many more options to engage clients and associates.

Our partners will feature prominently in the event collateral: the must-have official catalogue, and a consumer-facing publication for wider distribution, meaning that the construction industry, the architecture and design schools at universities, local and central government planning and building departments, specialist and general media and the many thousands of New Zealanders with an interest in architecture will all take note.

Above all, our partners are helping to get New Zealand, its aspirations and creativity and inspiration, to one of the world’s brightest stages. And their generosity won’t go unnoticed; it will be celebrated.

Our 2016 sponsors and supporters are business leaders, design and product innovators and some of the most respected architectural and engineering practices in the country. They join our government partners, Ministry for Business, Innovation and Employment and New Zealand Trade and Enterprise, and will be taking full advantage of the unique opportunities an event like the Biennale offers. Why not consider joining them?

Register your interest here.


The Architecture Biennale is a unique event and a great reason – on top of all the others – to visit Venice. 2016 offers an opportunity to not just see the Biennale but to experience it close up. We invite you to be there with us as like-minded people as we launch our official exhibition, Future Islands.

Become a Patron and enjoy a programme of private events both around New Zealand, and in Venice. Come to the opening festivities in Venice, meet our creative team, and gain a preview of the whole Biennale before it opens to the public. Stay a few days and enjoy a guided tour of some of the great architectural landmarks in the Veneto. Take some time to get lost in Venice. Be there as we take New Zealand architecture to the world.

Register your interest here.


The New Zealand Institute of Architects is now calling for expressions of interest for volunteers to act as attendants and assist with the supervision of New Zealand’s exhibition in Venice from late May to the end of November 2016. Assignments will be for periods of approximately two to three weeks and accommodation will be provided for that time. The role is a voluntary one and attendants will be required to cover the cost of return travel to Venice.

Register your interest here.