August 30, 2019 - The Berlage - The Berlage Design Master Class led by Hans Kollhoff
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August 30, 2019
August 30, 2019

The Berlage

Hans Kollhoff, Architekturlehre II, 2012 (cover detail).

The Berlage Design Master Class led by Hans Kollhoff
Designing with Granpré Molière
November 7–15, 2019

The Berlage
Julianalaan 134
Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment, Delft University of Technology
2628 BL Delft
The Netherlands
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The Berlage is pleased to announce that renowned architect and professor Hans Kollhoff will lead its upcoming design master class, from Thursday, November 7 to Friday, November 15. Participants will revisit the lectures and buildings of the traditionalist Dutch architect Marinus Jan Granpré Molière (1883–1972), using plaster models to synthesize and develop historical precedents into architectural projects. Granpré Molière, a contentious professor at the Delft University of Technology from 1924 to 1953, was the protagonist of the Delft School, a traditionalist movement firmly opposing the functionalism practiced by Het Nieuwe Bouwen.

Participants will work closely with Kollhoff, experimenting with the appropriation of the architectural language of Granpré Molière, whose vocabulary, grammar, and syntax will be studied and speculated upon. Through building visits and city walks, they will explore an architectural sensorium to develop projects that benefit equally from generic and specific architectural traditions. The week-long program will be complemented by guest lectures and plaster modeling workshops.

Hans Kollhoff is a German architect and educator. His practice was originally founded in Berlin, Germany in 1978 and in partnership with Helga Timmermann since 1984, and with offices in Italy, the Netherlands, and Switzerland. He studied architecture at the University of Karlsruhe and at Cornell University, where he was the assistant of Oswald Mathias Ungers. From 1990 to 2012 he was Professor of Architecture and Construction at the ETH Zürich. His work includes the seminal Piraeus apartment building in Amsterdam (1994), the DaimlerChrysler Highrise Building at Potsdamer Platz in Berlin (2000), and the pair of towers for the Ministries of Justice and Interior in the Hague (2012).

Master classes at the Berlage
Master classes are a unique feature of the Berlage. Twice a year students and emerging professionals work with world-renowned architects, designers, and thinkers to analyze a chosen subject relevant to contemporary issues in the built environment. They are encouraged to experiment with alternative forms of representation and dissemination. Recent master classes have been led by Assemble, Beatriz Colomina, Reinier de Graaf, Ippolito Pestellini Laparelli, Hideyuki Nakayama, Felicity D. Scott, and Madelon Vriesendorp.

About the Berlage
Founded in 1990 as the Berlage Institute, the Berlage Center for Advanced Studies in Architecture and Urban Design, located in Delft, educates architects in a highly collaborative and experimental setting, characterized by independent study with guidance and input from and exchange with leading and emerging designers and scholars. Since 2012, students have benefitted from the world-class facilities of TU Delft, as well as close exchange with its academic staff and students.

Dates: Thursday, November 7 to Friday, November 15, 2019

Place: The Berlage, Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment, Delft University of Technology

The master class is open to a limited number of participants. Interested applicants can submit a motivation statement, CV, and abbreviated portfolio by Sunday, September 29 to

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