Mounir Ayoub, Vanessa Lacaille & Shirana Shahbazi

Lunch & talks

Monday 13 March 2023 12.15pm
Archizoom EPFL
Mounir Ayoub, Vanessa Lacaille & Shirana Shabazi
Moderated by Emma Lancelet

20x20x20 presents a format engaging the guest professors at the EPFL School of Architecture — two 20 minute presentations by two guest professors followed by a 20 minute moderated discussions.

The lecture is also broadcast online. Meeting ID: 646 5060 5823.


Mounir Ayoub, a Tunisian architect, and Vanessa Lacaille, an architect from Reunion, founded the architecture laboratory in 2013. Vanessa Lacaille studied in Paris and Eindhoven. After graduating in 2007, she obtained a second master’s degree at the École Nationale Supérieure de Paysage de Versailles. Mounir Ayoub studied in Tunis, Paris and Mendrisio. After graduating in 2006, he continued his studies at the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales in Paris. The architecture laboratory works on architectural and landscape projects as well as territorial studies and editorial and curatorial projects in Europe, the Arab world and the Indian Ocean. In 2014, Vanessa Lacaille and Mounir Ayoub are laureates of the Albums of Young Architects and Landscape Architects. In 2021, they are curators of the Swiss Pavilion at the Venice Biennale. Their current projects include a house on Reunion Island, a study on contemporary housing in the Arab world and an exhibition at the next Venice Biennale.

Shirana Shahbazi is an internationally recognized artist. Over the course of her artistic career, Shirana Shahbazi has developed a unique approach to the medium of photography. The artist is internationally renowned for her ambiguous images that invite viewers to analyze the various facets of photography. She uses her images to create uncompromising layouts and installations in which her political consciousness comes to the fore. She is a founding member of Institute Neue Schweiz. Together with Manuel Krebs, she has published various artist books and monographs. In 2019 she was the youngest winner of the Prix Meret Oppenheim. Her work is represented in public collections worldwide, such as the Centre Pompidou, Paris; Aargauer Kunsthaus, Aarau; MoMA, New York; Tate Modern, London; Sprengel Museum, Hannover. Exhibitions have been presented at international institutions, including the Kunsthalle, Bern; MoMA, New York; Barbican Art Gallery, London and the Venice Biennale.