Job Floris (MONADNOCK) talks to Bram Aerts (ATAMA) on transformative projects with pressing social, cultural and ecological challenges.
Lecture in English.
Tuesday, 14 November 2023, 6.30 pm
Alexianenplein 1, 9000 Gent, auditorium A4
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JOB FLORIS is an architect and co-founder of MONADNOCK. His international practice focusses on the exploration of urban conditions of the city to come, through buildings, interiors and objects. Often recurring in the work of Monadnock are themes such as contemporaneity and tradition, representation and populism, convention and banality.
Job graduated from the Rotterdam Academy of Architecture and Urban Planning (RAVB) as architect, after studying at the Academy of Fine Arts Sint-Joost in Breda [NL). He gained practice experience at Christian Kieckens Architects (BE), Atelier van Lieshout (NL), Chris Poulissen (BE) and Rapp+Rapp (NL). From 2008 to 2018, he was part of the editorial board of OASE Journal for Architecture. Ever since the beginning of his practice, Job has been involved in architectural education: from 2010 to 2018 as head of the Master programme for Architecture at the Rotterdam Academy of Architecture. Subsequently, he was a visiting professor at several universities throughout Europe and beyond, such as TU Karlsruhe KIT, KU Leuven /Ghent, TU Graz, EPFL-ENAC, Harvard GSD and TU Dresden. Monadnock currently works on projects in the Netherlands, Belgium and Germany.
BRAM AERTS: In 2011, Bram Aerts founded ATAMA – untill 2023 know as TRANS – together with Carolien Pasmans. After graduating from the KU Leuven, he gained professional experience in Brussels and Antwerp. With more than 15 years of expertise in architecture and urbanism, he focusses on the creative direction of the office, customer relations, communication and research. He is closely involved in all ATAMA projects, from conception to realisation, including the Leietheater Deinze, Masterplan Pelt, the Design Museum Gent, RITCS Brussels and the Dockside Tower Brussels. For various projects, the practice received (international) recognition, such as the selection for the EU Mies van der Rohe award 2019, as laureate of the Big Mat Award 2019, Belgian Building Awards and the Jo Crepain awards 2019.
Bram Aerts is a dedicated lecturer at the Faculty of Architecture KU Leuven Sint-Lucas Ghent and formerly at the University of Antwerp and the Rotterdam Academy of Architecture. He often acts as an external jury member for design reviews.
Bram Aerts lectures in Flanders, Brussels and internationally and is a jury member in architecture competitions. He acts as an author and has contributed to publications such as City Made (nai 010 – 2018) and As a Theatre (MER Paper Kunsthalle – 2020).
Since 2021 Bram Aerts is member of the Quality Chamber of the city of Ghent. In this capacity, he advises clients and designers on the quality of projects that are realised in Ghent.