Oct 5th 2014

Kees Christiaanse Lecture "Grand Projets: Creating Centralities"

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Kees Christiaanse, Professor of Architecture at ETH-Zurich, Programme Leader of the Future Cities Laboratory, and Principal of KCAP, his firm known for its large-scale urban design and master planning, delivered the second Fall 2014 Lecture -- "Grand Projets: Creating Centralities" -- on Wednesday, October 8th at 6:30 p.m. in S. R. Crown Hall.

After studying architecture and urban planning at the TU Delft, Kees worked from 1980 until 1989 for the Office of Metropolitan Architecture (OMA) in Rotterdam, becoming a partner in 1983.

In 1989 Professor Christiaanse founded his office Kees Christiaanse Architects & Planners (KCAP) in Rotterdam which has since expanded to Shanghai and Zurich. With a multidisciplinary approach to complex design issues, KCAP has extensive experience in largescale urban design and master planning, waterfront redevelopments, campus design and public transportation hubs.

KCAP is currently working on a wide range of high profile projects including the development vision for Schiphol Airport Amsterdam, the transformation of the Northern Heysel area called NEO Brussels, and the Strategic Vision for Bruxelles 2040.

Recently, KCAP won competitions including IAK office ensemble in Luxembourg, the Bay of Passaia in San Sebastian, NEO Brussels and the office building on Ile de la Jatte in Paris, just to name a few. In 2003, KCAP was awarded Bauwerk des Jahres, Architekten-und Ingenieursverband Hamburg.