Kersten Geers & David Van Severen
Wednesday, November 9, 2022 | 6:00PM | ARCH 132 DF Pray Lecture Theatre
KGDVS is renowned for its idiosyncratic architecture, in which realizations and theoretical projects stand side by side. The projects are direct, spatial and firmly rooted in architectural theory. The firm reduces architecture to its very essence and most original form: a limited set of basic geometric rules is used to create a framework within which life unfolds out in all its complexity. Since its establishment OFFICE Kersten Geers David Van Severen has earned a reputation as one of Belgium’s most successful and renowned practices, and one of the world’s truly original voices in present-day architecture.
This practice is combined with academic research and teaching. These two aspects of OFFICE’s work are explicitly each other’s mirror, creating unexpected parallels between academic and practical work.
Kersten Geers graduated in Architecture and Urbanism at the University of Ghent and at the ETSA Madrid. He has been teaching at various institutions, such as the Berlage Institute, Columbia University GSAPP, Yale School of Architecture and EPF Lausanne. He currently holds a professorship at the Academy of Architecture in Mendrisio, and the Kenzo Tange chair at Harvard GSD. He is a founding member of the architecture magazine San Rocco.
David Van Severen graduated in Architecture and Urbanism at the University of Ghent and at the ETSA Madrid. Since 1995 he designed and made several objects, installations and furniture. He worked with Stéphane Beel Architects, Xaveer De Geyter Architects and for Atelier Maarten Van Severen. He currently holds the Kenzo Tange chair at Harvard GSD.