It is the first time designs have been sought for the pavilion through an open competition since the British began taking part in the Architecture Biennale in 1991.
The AJ has also learnt that the exhibition, under the direction of Ricky Burdett, professor of architecture and urbanism at the London School of Economics, will focus on cities other than London.
Based on the meta-city theme, the exhibition at the Arsenale will explore issues facing the British regions as well as the 'interaction of architecture and social dynamics in 15 major world cities'.
The budget for the pavilion - including construction and transport - will be about £230,000 and the deadline for submissions is 11 November.
The competition jury, selected by the British Council, is made up of journalist Tom Dyckhoff; Farshid Moussavi, of Foreign Office Architects; the director of the Design Museum Alice Rawsthorn; writer Deyan Sudjic; and members of the council's own architecture and design team, Emily Campbell and Catherine Ince.
'For an architect,' said Moussavi 'the North is exciting - in lots of ways more exciting than London.'
For more information contact Emily Campbell on (020) 7389 3153 or emily.Campbell@britishcouncil.org