Floris Alkemade is an architect and urban designer. After graduating from Rem Koolhaas at TU Delft, he worked for 18 years at OMA, of which the last 7 years as a partner. He worked on large projects and studies around the world, both on the scale of architecture and urban development
Since 2008, Floris Alkemade has been running its own architecture office FAA. For 11 years Floris Alkemade was a guest professor at the University of Ghent and since 2014 he is a lecturer at the Academy of Architecture in Amsterdam.
Since September 2015 Floris Alkemade has been appointed as Chief Government Architect of the Netherlands. He combines this position with his work for his office FAA and his professorship at the Academy of Architecture.
Elma van Boxel (1975) studied landscape architecture at IAH Larenstein and Architecture & Urbanism at the Rotterdam Academy of Architecture and Urban Design. She founded ZUS [Zones Urbaines Sensibles] in 2001 together with Kristian Koreman. As a duo, van Boxel and Koreman work as researchers and designers within the fields of architecture, urbanism and landscape design. Beside working on projects such as Luchtsingel Rotterdam and Almere Duin, they have acted as curators for the International Architecture Biennale Rotterdam 2012; ‘Making the City’, as well as having been selected as Lab Members for the BMW Guggenheim Lab in New York. Their constant critical research has resulted in a multitude of publications such as their book ‘City of Permanent Temporality’. Currently, van Boxel and Koreman are visiting professors at the Syracuse University in New York. Due to their transboundary works, the duo received the ‘Maaskant Prize for Young Architects 2007’ and were awarded ‘Architects of the Year 2012’ as well as being nominated for the AM-NAi prize, the ‘Gouden Piramide’ and ‘Mies van der Rohe award’. They have won the Berlin Urban Intervention Award and most recently, the ‘Nederlandse Bouwprijs’.
Lyongo Juliana, director of OZ Caribbean, fell in love with Architecture when he was a student in Architectural Engineering at TU/Eindhoven. For Lyongo, architecture is not just about making locations more beautiful and in balance, it is about creating a people’s experience. As the first Architect in Residence (AiR) of 2020 at ARCAM Architecture Centre Amsterdam, today he is investigating the degree of diversity and inclusiveness of architecture in Amsterdam. Lyongo hopes to plant the first seed in the process of creating a broader cultural perspective within the architectural world. Now our country is facing a pandemic that comes with its own set of challenges, resulting on more pressure on our public space. How can architecture and urban design contribute to a living environment in which all Dutch citizens recognize themselves and feel at home?
Saskia van Stein is an independent curator, moderator, and educator with an emphasis on design and architecture. Since 2019 she’s headmaster of the MA entitled The Critical Inquiry Lab, a department with artistic (design)research at its core. The course provides an environment for the development of a design practice understood as a cultural signifier and an agent of change. She was Director at Bureau Europa, platform for architecture and design, in Maastricht (2013–2019). Van Stein worked as a curator at the Netherlands Architecture Institute (now Het Nieuwe Instituut) in Rotterdam (2003–2012). She contributes to the development of cultural discourse, and she’s a board member of multiple advisory committees, involved in the several juries and advisory bodies such as The Independent School for the City and the architectural peer to peer review journal OASE.
Van Stein has a deep-seated interest in a broad range of topics, in the discourse of exhibition-making and the politics of representation. During her carrier she has experimented and explores different formats and methods of knowledge production and performative display. Through a broad cultural perspective, Van Stein examines issues related to sociatal urgencies and how they manifest and resonate at different scales/ levels. Her cultural practice and interests address the intricate relational complex of technological, political, economic, psychological, and cultural phenomena and how these are analyzed, addressed, visualized, mediated or expressed in the designed environment.
Besides her work as Head of Department at the Design Academy, she is a PhD candidate at the Curatorial Research Community at the Technical University of Eindhoven. Currently van Stein is also working on an exhibition entitled Re:Disney, The Architecture of Staged Realities which will be on display at Het Nieuwe Instituut from spring 2021 on.