Joseph Grima is an architect, writer, curator, and researcher based in Genoa, Italy. Grima recently curated the 2014 Biennale Interieur in Kortrijk, Belgium, one of Europe’s oldest design biennials, and he was Co-Curator of the first edition of the Istanbul Design Biennial, a major international exhibition inaugurated in 2012. He was the 2015 Director of IDEAS CITY, an ideas festival organized by the New Museum in New York and dedicated to exploring the future of cities. As Artistic Director for Matera 2019, he is developing a cultural program that will prepare the Italian city of Matera for its role as Europe’s Capital City of Culture in 2019.
From 2011 to 2013, Grima was Editor-in-Chief of Domus, a monthly magazine of architecture, design, and art. From 2007 to 2011, he served as Director of Storefront for Art and Architecture, a renowned non-profit gallery and exhibition space in New York, where he curated numerous exhibitions, symposia, conferences, and publications. He has also curated or participated in exhibitions in the Venice Architecture Biennale, Milan Triennale, New Museum in New York, Experimenta Design in Lisbon, Shenzhen–Hong Kong Bi-City Biennale of Architecture\Urbanism, and many others. He was a member of the official jury for the 2010 Venice Architecture Biennale directed by Kazuyo Sejima.
Grima is the author of several books, including Instant Asia (Skira, 2007), a critical overview of the recent work of young and emerging architecture practices across the Asian continent, and co-editor of Shift: SANAA and the New Museum (Lars Müller, 2008), and has contributed to numerous other books and publications. Over the past 10 years, he has written for a wide range of international magazines, including Icon, AD, Abitare, Tank, Volume, An Arkitektur, ID, and Urban China.
He has taught and lectured widely in Europe, Asia, and America and was previously a lecturer at the Strelka Institute of Media, Architecture and Design in Moscow, Russia, under the direction of Rem Koolhaas.