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From Vitruvius and Villard de Honnecourt up till Building Information Modeling (BIM), the art of architectural design has been propelled by an ongoing process of division of labor within the building industry. In his lecture, Michiel Riedijk investigated what this process implies for both practice and education in architecture.

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Michiel Riedijk

Michiel Riedijk studied architecture at the TU Delft from 1983 until 1989. He worked with Julliette Bekkering from 1989 until 1991. In 1992 he founded Neutelings Riedijk Architects with Willem Jan Neutelings. In September 2007 Michiel was appointed as The Chair of Architectural Composition and Public Building at the Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment. The chair’s education and research focuses on buildings of a public nature that have an important impact on the urban setting, the region or society. The primary focus of this chair is the question of how to define the public nature of a building and its relationship to the public space. In addition, the structure and composition of a design as well as the architectural and tectonic expression also play a crucial role.

Michiel Riedijk regularly lectures at universities, conferences and cultural institutions worldwide. He taught at the TU Eindhoven, the Academies of Architecture in Amsterdam, Rotterdam and Maastricht, and the Berlage Institute in Rotterdam. In 2002, he was a guest professor at the RWTH Aachen. Neutelings Riedijk Architects' work partakes of sculptural, often anthropomorphic qualities and playfulness of form while maintaining a clear rationality in program and context. Key projects include the Museum Aan de Stroom or MAS in Antwerp, the Netherlands Institute for Sound and Vision in Hilversum, Culturehouse Rozet in Arnhem, and Culturehouse Eemhuis in Amersfoort. The work of Neutelings Riedijk Architects has been widely published and exhibitioned, and has won a variety of international awards and nominations.

The Tools of the Architect

This lecture was the second keynote of the fifth thematic conference of the European Architecture History Network, The Tools of the Architect, organized by the Jaap Bakema Study Centre for its Fourth Annual Conference in collaboration with the Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment of TU Delft.


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