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Matthijs Bouw

Gui Auditorium / Knowlton Hall
October 14, 2009 - 5:30pm

Matthijs Bouw is the founder and principal of the Amsterdam-based firm One Architecture. One Architecture works internationally on a broad range of projects, including the transformation of a 1957 listed monastery to a health center, the urban renewal of the Netherlands' most notorious post-war neighborhood, and the definition of 'key projects' for the Dutch government's Randstad 2040 vision. One Architecture and Matthijs Bouw frequently collaborate on projects with other designers, firms, and artists. Starting with the famous Soest Day Care Center he designed as a student, collaborations include art projects with Berend Strik and the much-discussed project for 'Les Halles' in Paris, with O.M.A. and XDGA. One Architecture uses design to engage its economic, social, political and cultural environment. The diversity of projects and collaborations are a testament to its practice where content trumps signature. Matthijs Bouw has published articles and reviews in many architectural publications, such as Wiederhall, de Architect, Archis, Werk, Bauen + Wohnen, Bauwelt and MONU. In 2006, the Korean DD series published a monograph of One Architecture's work. In addition to his practice and publications, Matthijs Bouw teaches and lectures internationally. He was a guest professor at A.O., TU Delft, Berlage Institue, TU Graz and Sci-Arc, and was professor I.V. of 'Gebaeudelehre und Grundlagen des Entwerfens' at the RWTH Aachen.