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Johan Voordouw: HM of the Market 2.0

+ Johan Voordouw 🇨🇦

Honourable Mention of the Market 2.0: Circular Economy Hub

Portfolio: https://www.non-a.com/members/johanvoordouw/portfolio/

1) Could you briefly introduce yourself?

I completed my undergraduate degree at the University of Manitoba. Two years later I attended the Bartlett School of Architecture (Unit 20) finishing my Graduate Diploma in 2007 followed with an M.Arch degree in 2009. With the completion of my graduate project, I was invited to work Foster + Partners.

My first academic post was at De Montfort University in Leicester, U.K. I secured my current position at the Azrieli School of Architecture & Urbanism in 2012. 

My work has been exhibited in Europe and North America including the Venice Biennale, Royal Academy Summer Show in London, International Architecture Biennale Rotterdam and solo exhibitions in Vienna and other cities.

2) What inspired you for the Market 2.0?

I love the market typology. It is a deeply urban, public building with a vibrant commercial grit.

3) Can you describe any particular challenges you faced during the design process and how
you overcame them?

Time is always the main issue. I start many projects, but my teaching and administrative obligations take priority. Therefore, it is difficult to complete projects during the academic year.

For Found Re-fined, the simplicity of the project requirements played an important role in my decision to participate. My work is often speculative, so the conceptual requirement fit within preferred way of thinking and working.

4) How do you think your educational background or professional experiences influenced your winning design?

The creative skills I learned at the Bartlett is central to how I approach my visual work.

5) What advice would you give to students or young professionals looking to excel in architecture competitions?

It’s important to convey a strong idea illustrated at a series of nested scales. Something that can immediately capture the viewer’s imagination with a depth to maintain interest.

6) What are your future aspirations in the field of architecture?

I would like to continue to make beautiful visual works that address on-going social and environmental concerns.

Found Re-fined (4045)


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