Marie-José Van Hee and David Kohn
Wednesday 30 September 2015, Faculty of Architecture KU Leuven Brussels

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Marie-José van Hee has over the years gained respect and esteem for the extraordinarily high quality of her designs. Her public buildings and bridges are less well known, but nevertheless also shape a humanistic vision of architecture and the city, through the valorisation of public space as a meeting place, and the use of an truly authentic architecture, intensifying the experience of space and human contact. Marie-José and David Kohn will discuss design approaches that foreground human life and the passage of time in architecture, illustrated by their own projects. From conversations with clients to the tracing of a line in a sketch, from gauging the pitch of a façade to the framing of late afternoon light, they will explore a shared concern for placing inhabitation centre stage and the process by which a humanistic vision of architecture and the city can be achieved. They will consider if this approach offers resistance against the acceleration and systematisation of design processes in contemporary practice.

Faculty of Architecture, University of Leuven-KU Leuven
Alan Dunlop Architect
Reiach & Hall Architects

David Kohn studied architecture at the University of Cambridge and at Columbia University, New York. He established his own practice in 2007 and has taught architecture at the Cass School in London since 2006. Since 2014 he is a Visiting Professor at Sint-Lucas School of Architecture. David has won various awards including two RIBA awards, World Interior of the Year 2013, UK House Architect of the Year 2010 and UK Young Architect of the Year 2009.

Marie-José Van Hee studied at Sint-Lucas Ghent and formed her own practice in 1975. She has been a Professor at Sint-Lucas and received various architecture prizes including the Provincial Prize for Architecture. Since 1990 her office has worked on a number of projects with Robbrecht & Daem Architecten with whom she shares an office. Currently she employs 8-10 collaborators who are working on projects for public buildings, private houses and urban development.