Taets Art and Event Park Amsterdam
Fall 2025


Lecture programme Architect@Work including Oana Bogdan (&bogdan) and Aleksander Kongshaug (GXN)

28 August 2023

On Wednesday 27 and Thursday 28 September 2023, ARCHITECT@WORK will take place at Taets on the Hembrugterrein in Zaanstad. It will be the first edition of the event in the Amsterdam metropolitan region. Around the theme 'Healthy Materials', Architectenweb is organising a varied lecture programme with speakers including Maike van Stiphout (DS), Oana Bogdan (&bogdan), Nina Aalbers (ArchitectuurMaken) and Aleksander Kongshaug (GXN).


It's going step by step... but we are unmistakably moving towards construction that will eventually emit almost no CO2 and no longer comes at the expense of nature but instead helps it move forward. We are moving towards a construction that is circular, bio-based, nature-inclusive and energy-positive.


In all these areas, architects are taking steps. In her lecture at ARCHITECT@WORK, architect Nina Aalbers of ArchitectuurMaken explains how they are making their projects increasingly circular, bio-based, nature-inclusive and energy-positive. To this end, she and her firm are increasingly designing buildings in wood, but also using second-hand materials. When it comes to bio-based building, fast-growing materials like hemp are also interesting. The largest application of lime hemp so far is in the east of the country, in the town hall of Voorst. What is it like to build with it? In his lecture, architect Joost Roefs of De Twee Snoeken shares his experiences.


The design researchers at GXN - the research branch of 3XN - are constantly pushing the boundaries further. When building in CLT, parts are cut out to make doors and windows. How can these cutouts also be used? What other biobased materials can be used in construction? And maybe we don't need to build without concrete, but with different, more sustainable concrete. So what does that look like? In his lecture, architect Aleksander Kongshaug of GXN will take you through what the near future may hold. Architect Christian Veddeler of the Dutch branch of 3XN will illustrate this story with some of the firm's current projects.


When it comes to nature-inclusive design, landscape architect Maike van Stiphout of DS landscape architects has a long track record. According to her, many small steps in the right direction for nature, and the animals that live in it, can make a big difference. In her lecture she will share a number of practical tools for this. An interesting strategy is the design of compact clusters of buildings in the middle of wooded nature. In the development of the Hembrug site – where this edition of ARCHITECT@WORK takes place – BURA urbanism strives for such a nature-inclusive living and working environment. In his lecture, urban planner Marco Broekman of BURA urbanism will discuss the plans for the area, how its character can be preserved and enhanced, and how the wooded nature will be preserved.


On top of all that, architect Oana Bogdan of &bogdan (formerly Bogdan & Van Broeck) also focuses on social sustainability. With her office she often works on hybrid programs that are interwoven with public spaces at complex urban locations. Bogdan is also active as a politician and as an advisor on the sustainable urban development of the Brussels region.



The theme of ARCHITECT@WORK is 'Healthy Materials'. In addition to the lecture programme, this is reflected, for example, in the materials exhibition 'Healthy Heroes' by MaterialDistrict, the photo exhibition by Dutch Architecture Photographers (DAPh) and the project exhibition by World-architects.com.


Architect@Work Amsterdam

With more than one hundred and sixty exhibitors, Architect@Work is one of the largest trade events for architects and designers in the Netherlands. The unique concept of Architect@Work is applied with great success throughout Europe and is organized alternately in Rotterdam and Amsterdam in the Netherlands.


The lectures at Architect@Work can be attended for free. Please register in advance. Go to www.architectatwork.nl and register with your code.


The trade event is organized in a hybrid way. The lectures can also be followed via a live stream. The presented innovations can also be found online. Appointments with the exhibitors can be scheduled online as well. “Because that is still the best thing”, says Anne-Laure van der Ginste of Architect@Work: “To experience it live and to talk to each other!”

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