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Christian Veddeler, Director of UNStudio which designed Singapore University of Technology in Tampines, Singapore, will speak to The Dallas Architecture Forum on April 25. Photo by Hufton+Crow.

The Dallas Architecture Forum Presents

Architect Christian Veddeler

Director of Award-Winning UNStudio Architects

 

Wednesday, 25 April 2018

At the Magnolia Theater, West Village

  

The Dallas Architecture Forum is pleased to continue its 2017-2018 lecture season with Christian Veddeler, Director of UNStudio in Amsterdam, The Netherlands.

UNStudio is one of the leading architecture, design and planning firms in Europe with award-winning projects around the world. UNStudio specializes in creating ground-breaking architecture and design at all scales, from bridges to public buildings, offices, residences, exhibitions, products and urban master plans. The name UNStudio stands for United Network Studio and refers to the collaborative nature of the practice. Throughout more than 30 years of international project experience, UNStudio has continually expanded its capabilities through prolonged collaboration with an extended network of international consultants, partners, and advisors. Its centrally located offices in Amsterdam, Shanghai and Hong Kong enable it to work efficiently anywhere in the world.

Major awards include the Architectur & Wohnen Architect of the Year 2017 for co-founder Ben van Berkel and Architect of the Year in the Netherlands. The firm has over 120 major projects around the world, including the UAE, South Korea, Italy, Germany and the US. Some of these acclaimed projects include: Canaletto (London, UK); Wasl Tower (Dubai, AE); Wafra Tower (Lusail, QA); Raffles City (Hangzhou, CN); Mercedes-Benz Museum (Stuttgart, DE); and Erasmus Bridge (Rotterdam, NL).

Christian Veddeler is a Director at UNStudio. Alongside his role in UNStudio’s Board of Directors, he is leading several projects in Europe and the US with a focus on system thinking in architecture. Together with Ben van Berkel, Christian Veddeler is in charge of the Four Frankfurt Project on the former Deutsche Bank Areal in Frankfurt, Germany, which was recently awarded first prizes both in the urban and the architectural competition. Christian is a frequent speaker and lectures at Harvard University, MIT, University of Illinois in Chicago and the Acadia Conference, among other institutions. Veddeler is a registered architect in the Netherlands and has received a Master of Science with Honours degree in Architecture from the Delft University of Technology.

“The rapid development of technology is affecting every aspect of our society, including the design of buildings and communities. In the field of architecture there is a growing focus on sustainability and efficient “smart buildings” that will provide a better living environment,” stated Forum Executive Director Nate Eudaly. “UNStudio is at the forefront in research and collaboration in multiple disciplines to anticipate the buildings of the future and how to incorporate the latest technological developments. United Network and its leaders are internationally recognized and have designed 100 major projects that have been built around the world using their collaborative process. As our area continues to show such significant growth, we believe Christian Veddeler’s presentation of UNStudio projects will be timely and of great interest to the industry professionals and the general public who are creating the future of North Texas.”  

unstudio.com

See Additional Media Coverage:

UNStudio – Vimeo

https://vimeo.com/218452963

Dezeen Magazine

https://www.dezeen.com/2018/03/12/unstudio-ben-van-berkel-technology-startup-unsense/

Veddeler will speak on Wednesday, April 25 at 7:00 p.m., with check-in and a complimentary reception beginning at 6:15 p.m., at the Magnolia Theater in the West Village.

Tickets are $20 per lecture for general admission and $5 for students (with ID). Tickets can be purchased at the door before the lecture. No reservations are needed to attend Forum lectures. Dallas Architecture Forum members receive free admission to all regular Forum lectures as a benefit of membership, and AIA members can earn one hour of CE credit for each lecture. For more information on the Dallas Architecture Forum, visit www.dallasarchitectureforum.org or call 214-764-2406.

Season Benefactors for the Dallas Architecture Forum’s 2017-2018 Season are Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty – Faisal Halum Group, D Home | D Magazine, and Maharger Development – Reggie Graham. Series Benefactors are ALA, bodron + fruit, Corgan, DLR Group/Staffelbach, HKS,IDA Media Group, Jackson Walker LLP, Janet + Terry Kafka, Scott + Cooner and SMINK. Lecture Benefactor for this lecture are bauhaus, Gensler and HDR. Reception Underwriters are CallisonRTKL, HOEFER WYSOCKI, OMNIPLAN and ORNARE.

 

CHRISTIAN VEDDELER

DIRECTOR, UNStudio

AMSTERDAM, THE NETHERLANDS

25 April 2018

Wednesday, 7:00 pm

Reception and check-in 6:15 from 6:15-6:55
Magnolia Theater, West Village

 

UNStudio, founded in 1988 by Ben van Berkel and Caroline Bos, is an international architectural design network with three full-service international offices in Amsterdam, Hong Kong and Shanghai. They specialise in architecture, interior architecture, product design, urban development and infrastructural projects.

The name UNStudio stands for United Network Studio and refers to the collaborative nature of the practice. The UN staff of 200 employees from 27 countries is spread throughout the network in a streamlined structure that enables the firm to quickly organize for a project and spend more time designing and collaborating with clients. Throughout more than 30 years of international project experience, UNStudio has continually expanded its capabilities through prolonged collaboration with an extended network of international consultants, partners, and advisors.

The vision of UNStudio is to “future-proof the future” by researching every facet of the built environment inside and outside of architecture to stay abreast of sudden advances in technology, so that what is built today anticipates possible changes in the future.

Within the UN network, Knowledge Platforms serve as a database for sharing the firm’s collective experience, and UN Workfield teams track behavioural patterns to investigate how people act and interact on an individual to community level in four areas – Superliving, Mobility+, Work & Campus and Culture & Commerce. These teams develop plausible and provocative future scenarios that help to predict how technological, social, political and economic factors will affect how users relate to the built environment.

Multidisciplinary collaborations with experts in other fields foster the development of products that provide new insights into architecture, its processes, materials and organisation. This leads to the creation of better performing buildings and healthier cities.

Major awards include the Architectur & Wohnen Architect of the Year 2017 for co-founder Ben van Berkel and Architect of the Year in the Netherlands. The firm has over 120 major projects around the world, including the UAE, South Korea, Italy, Germany and the US. Some of these acclaimed projects include: Canaletto (London, UK); Wasl Tower (Dubai, AE); Wafra Tower (Lusail, QA); Raffles City (Hangzhou, CN); Mercedes-Benz Museum (Stuttgart, DE); and Erasmus Bridge (Rotterdam, NL).

Christian Veddeler is a Director at UNStudio. Alongside his role in UNStudio’s Board of Directors, he is leading several projects in Europe and the US with a focus on system thinking in architecture. Together with Ben van Berkel, Christian Veddeler is in charge of the Four Frankfurt Project on the former Deutsche Bank Areal in Frankfurt, Germany, which was recently awarded first prizes both in the urban and the architectural competition. He has also led projects including the Campus for the Singapore University of Technology and Design and the K4 office section of Arnhem Central Station Masterplan. Christian also led a series of pavilion projects aiming on integral design processes, such as the Holiday Home at UPenn’s ICA, the Changing Room for the Venice Biennale, the Burnham Pavilion in Chicago, the New Amsterdam Pavilion in New York City, and the Motion Matters Series at Harvard GSD.

Christian is a frequent speaker and lectures among others at Harvard University, MIT, University of Illinois in Chicago and the Acadia Conference. Veddeler is a registered architect in the Netherlands and has received a Master of Science with Honours degree in Architecture from the Delft University of Technology.

 

About the Dallas Architecture Forum

The Dallas Architecture Forum is a not-for-profit civic organization that brings leading architectural thought leaders from around the world to speak in Dallas and also fosters important local dialogue about the major issues impacting our urban environment.  The Forum was founded in 1996 by some of Dallas’ leading architects, business, cultural and civic leaders, and it continues to benefit from active support and guidance from these citizens. The Forum fulfills its mission of providing a continuing and challenging public discourse on architecture and urban design in - and for - the Dallas area. The Dallas Architecture Forum's members include architects, design professionals, students and educators, and a broad range of civic-minded individuals and companies intent to improve the urban environment in North Texas.  The Forum has been recognized nationally with an AIA Collaboration Achievement Award for its strategic partnerships with other organizations focused on architecture, urban planning and the arts.  For more information on the Forum, visit www.DallasArchitectureForum.org

Among the over 230 speakers who have addressed the Forum’s Lecture Series  are Shigeru Ban,  Brad Cloepfil,  Diller + Scofidio, Peter Eisenman, Michael Graves,  Daniel Libeskind,  Thomas Phifer,  Rafael Vinoly, Juhani Pallasmaa, AIA Gold Medal Winner Peter Bohlin, and  regional architects David Lake and Ted Flato.  Pritzker Prize winners speaking to the Forum have been Kazuyo Sejima, Rafael Moneo, Thom Mayne, Rem Koolhaas and Norman Foster (the latter two in collaboration with the ATT Performing Arts Center).   Other speakers for the Forum have been leading designers Calvin Tsao, Andrée Putman, and Karim Rashid; landscape architect Michael Van Valkenburgh; and National Trust President Emeritus Richard Moe.  Important critics, authors and patrons who have spoken to the Forum include Emily Pulitzer, Terence Riley, Pulitzer Prize winners Robert Campbell and Blair Kamin, Aaron Betsky, and the late David Dillon.

The Forum organizes and presents an annual series of Panels—local, informal, open, and offered free of charge as a public service to the community—led by a moderator who brings a subject of local importance along with comments by participating panelists.  Moderators and Panelists have also come from both other Texas cities as well as from national institutions that were connected with particular Panel subjects.  Panels offer attendees the opportunity to participate in creating discourse.  Important topics addressed in Panels in recent years include: “Thoughts on the Dallas Comprehensive Plan”; “The Kimbell Expansion: A Discussion”; “Filling Out the Dallas Arts District”; and “Re-envisioning the Trinity”.  

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