ARGUS X BNA: Future Professions in Architecture

Monthly Event #6  ARGUS X BNA: Future Professions in Architecture

15th. February 2017

ARGUS X BNA – Future Profession(s) in Architecture was organized in relation to the Next Step Program, a contest organised by BNA and Synchroon. Among the speakers were Fred Schoorl (BNA, director), Susanne Komossa (Architect and associate professor at TU Delft), Marc Koehler (Nominee of the Next Step Program; Marc Koehler Architects), Joost Baks and Remi Versteeg (Nominees; Space Encounters), Robbert-Jan de Kort and Sander van Schaik (Nominees; DeKortVanSchaik) and Catherine Koekoek (Chairman of ARGUS). The evening was moderated by Carola Hein (Professor and head of the chair of History of Architecture & Urban Planning, TU Delft).

Is architectural design an expensive hobby, or the core business of a contemporary architecture firm? Is architecture necessarily competitive? What role do contests play in the discipline – should they give a platform to new and diverse role models; can they bring about diversity? These are just some of the questions that were asked during an evening on future profession(s) in architecture, organised by ARGUS in collaboration with the BNA (the institute of Dutch architecture firms).

Students, academics and practitioners questioned – or defended – existing norms within the discipline, engaging in lively and topical dialogue on issues like diversity and representation, practice and education, discourse and (inter)disciplinarity. Central to the discussion was the role of the BNA, for example in defending the position of young architects in the field: is ‘don’t ask what the BNA can do for you, ask what you can do for the BNA’ truly the right approach?

While many questions remain, the evening was fruitful, sparkling discussion over questions that are essential to all people who find themselves working in the discipline of architecture & the built environment. We hope that the dialogue on the various futures of architecture will continue throughout offices and studios, and among students, teachers and practitioners alike.