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Bas Smets / Bureau Bas Smets

Gui Auditorium / Knowlton Hall
April 3, 2015 - 5:30pm

Bas Smets will present a lecture in Knowlton Hall’s Gui Auditorium at 5:30 p.m. on Friday, April 3. The lecture is free and open to the public. Smets has a background in civil engineering, architecture and landscape architecture. He specializes in the conception of landscape strategies and the construction of public space. His office, Bureau Bas Smets, founded in Brussels in 2007, employs 15 architects and landscape architects and has completed 20 projects in eight countries.

Starting from a precise reading of the existing land, Smets’ projects reveal an exemplary landscape. These projects span all scales, from territorial visions to infrastructural landscapes, from city centres to private gardens. He often collaborates with architects, artists and scientists. Smets was selected as the landscape architect for the Parc des Ateliers in Arles, in close collaboration with Frank Gehry who is designing a new center for the production of art. In 2011 he conceived the black landscapes as a set for Philippe Parreno’s film “Continuously Habitable Zones.”

Smets has lectured recently institutions such as the Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design, the Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne and the Ecole Nationale Supérieure d’Architecture in Versailles. In 2008 he was awarded the French prize for young landscape architects, Les Nouveaux Albums des Jeunes Architectes et des Paysagistes.

Smets earned a Master’s Degree in Architecture and Civil Engineering at the University of Leuven and a postgraduate qualification in landscape architecture from the University of Geneva. He has taught landscape architecture in the La Cambre School of Architecture in Brussels and the Ecole Spéciale d’Architecture in Paris.