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International Council 2018: Rotterdam

May 17–19


On the occasion of the meeting of the Van Alen International Council in Rotterdam, The Netherlands, May 17–19, 2018, Van Alen Institute invited local civic leaders, architects, design professionals, academics, and community members to join forces for a 1.5 day design charrette called Cross | Talk: Designing Points of Convergence in South Rotterdam, exploring and envisioning the future of connectivity in Rotterdam’s South Bank.



Photos by Cameron Blaylock

Kai-Uwe Bergmann, Partner, Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG)
Kim Herforth Nielsen, Founder, 3XN
Sasa Radulovic, 5468796 Architecture
Alfredo Caraballo, Allies & Morrison
Daniel Elsea, Allies & Morrison
Raymond Quinn, Arup (Van Alen Board Treasurer)
Robin Ried, Bloomberg Associates (Van Alen VANguard Board Member)
Denzil Gallagher, BuroHappold
Neil Billett, BuroHappold
Steen S. Trojaborg, DISSING + WEITLING
Susanna Sirefman, Dovetail Design Strategists
Jeroen Ebus, Lapinus
Daan de Kupper, Lapinus
Francine Houben, Mecanoo
Friso van der Steen, Mecanoo
John Relou, Rockpanel
Connie Enghus Theisen, ROCKWOOL
Susanne Dyrbøl, ROCKWOOL
Connie Enghus, ROCKWOOL Group
Morten Schmidt, Schmidt Hammer Lassen
Scott Hughes, Silman
Pat Arnett,
Daniel Maldonado
, Skanska
Larry Casey
, Skanska
Jan Bunge
, Squint Opera
Nick Taylor, Squint Opera
Benjamin Saxe, Studio Saxe
Erika Escalante
, Studio Saxe
Murat Tabanlioglu
, Tabanlioglu Architects
Carolina Bueno
, Triptyque
Monica von Schmalensee, White Arkitekter
Carl Bäckstrand
, White Arkitekter
Jonas Edblad, Wingardh Arkitektkontor
Gert Wingardh, Wingardh Arkitektkontor
David van der Leer, Van Alen Institute

The International Council is a platform for exchange among leading architects, designers, developers, and planners, representing practices across more than 26 cities and 15 countries. Members meet twice annually to identify and investigate issues facing cities around the world, and to guide the impact of the Institute’s public programming, research, and design competitions. Council members also convene with local policymakers, developers, researchers, and designers, identifying topics with the potential for deeper exploration with Van Alen’s international audience.

The Council is currently led by Co-Chairs Alfredo Carabello and Daniel Elsea of Allies and Morrison, and Carl Bäckstrand and Monica von Schmalensee of White Arkitekter. The next International Council meeting will be held May 15-17, 2019 in London.

For more information, please contact Stacey Anderson, Associate Director of Business Development and Special Initiatives at sanderson@vanalen.org, or 212-924-7000.