March 31, 2011
Abstract: Educating Architects for a Transforming City explored the concurrent education model and the ways in which it exemplifies the notion of a 'Porous Academy' by facilitating constant exchange between School and City. Aart discussed the century-old relationship between the Academy of Architecture and the City of Amsterdam, as well as the importance of the concurrent education model in building and supporting the network that has made successful collaboration possible. He shared insight on how this exchange is evidence of the ability and necessity of architecture schools to remain open to the changing demands of society, while simultaneously maintaining the essence of the craft of architecture within a variety of contexts.
Dr. Aart Oxenaar, Director of the Academy of Architecture, Amsterdam School of the Arts, studied art history and archeology at the University of Amsterdam. With the support of the Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research, he has conducted research into the work of P.J.H. Cuypers. He has worked for the Netherlands Architecture Institute in Rotterdam as a writer and exhibition maker, and was the Founding Coordinator of the Centre for Architecture and Urbanism in Tilburg. Since 1998 he has been Director of the Amsterdam Academy of Architecture. He is active as an advisor in the field of architecture and planning, as a member of the IJburg Quality Team and chairperson of the Committee for Building Quality and Monuments in Amsterdam and serves on the Advisory Board for Spatial Quality in Haarlem. In addition to his work as an architectural historian, with a focus on the nineteenth century, he has published on contemporary architecture in the Netherlands. In 2010 he obtained his Ph.D. from the University of Amsterdam with an extensive publication on the architect Pierre Cuypers, celebrated designer of the Central Station and Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam, entitled P.J.H. Cuypers en het gotisch rationalisme (NAi Publishers, Rotterdam).