Maarten Gielen (1984) is one of the founders of the collective of designers Rotor. The collective is based in Brussels and their work moves between design and research, including an innovative practice in curating and designing exhibitions.
Rotor was responsible for the exhibition 'OMA/ Progress' at the Barbican Art Gallery in London in 2012, which analysed in a most intriguing way the working methods of the world famous firm OMA of the Dutch architect Rem Koolhaas. Rotor also curated and designed the Belgian presentation 'Usus/Usures' at the Venice Biennale in 2010. It entailed a show that demonstrated the poetic beauty of wear and tear in architecture by displaying used parts of interiors.
Maarten Gielen is the winner of the Rotterdam-Maaskant Prize for Young Architects 2015. His lecture was the closing event of the two-day conference 'Research on Display. The Architecture Exhibition as a Model for Knowledge Production' organised by the Jaap Bakema Study Centre together with TU Delft.