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Who is Wilfried van Winden?
Wilfried van Winden was born in Delft in 1955 and is the founder of the WAM architecten bureau. He graduated as an architect from TU Delft in 1987. He had already co-founded the Delft-based Molenaar & Van Winden architecten partnership in 1985, and was one of the driving forces behind its development into an organisation with 50 staff.
Van Winden’s 25 years of professional practice has yielded a diverse portfolio: from a florist’s kiosk to the now internationally renowned Inntel Hotel Amsterdam-Zaandam, which has drawn international attention, and from the Essalam Mosque in Rotterdam to many private homes. Each project embodies Van Winden’s idiosyncratic outlook on the profession.
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An investigative and critical architect
Wilfried van Winden has carried out plenty of research, during as well as after his student years. He has written articles and essays about a diversity of subjects, including the collaboration between Paul Engelmann and Ludwig Wittgenstein, interiors by Sir Edwin Lutyens, the ‘Hollandse Waterlinie’ (the Dutch Inundation Line of water-based defences) and the landscaped settings of Palladio’s villas. His many years of research into the design of Dutch and German motorways resulted in a publication co-authored with Wim Nijenhuis, De Diabolische Snelweg (The diabolic motorway), released by 010 Publishers in 2007. An essay by Van Winden, ‘Freedom Equals Happiness: A Plea for Pluralism in an Open Society’, was included in The Mosque by Ergün Erkoçu and Cihan Buğdacı (Rotterdam: NAi Publishers, 2009).
Fusion: Book and Exhibition
In 2009, Van Winden realised the touring exhibition, ‘Fusion’, in association with Claire Beke and Martien de Vletter. Using his own designs and reference projects, the presentation shows how fusion architecture translates into buildings and designs. His polemical essay, Fusion – Pleidooi voor een sierlijke architectuur in een open samenleving (Fusion – An appeal for a decorative architecture in an open society) was published in September 2010 (Amsterdam, SUN Architecture).
Wilfried van Winden often gives lectures and regularly participates in debates and symposiums in the Netherlands and abroad. At the invitation of the Lousiana Museum for Modern Art near Copenhagen, WAM architecten is making a major contribution to the forthcoming exhibition, ‘Frontiers of Architecture III Living Homeland’ (1 June – 2 October 2011). The Inntel Hotel Amsterdam Zaandam was recently nominated for the Mies van der Rohe Award 2011.
In the 1990s, Van Winden chaired the Design Review Committee and Planning Authority for Middelburg and Vlissingen for a three-year term. He also served on the board of the Netherlands Architecture Fund’s for several years.
He has been a guest lecturer at various education establishments, including TU Delft and the post-graduate academies of architecture in Amsterdam, Maastricht and Rotterdam. In 2006, Van Winden and Joris Molenaar interviewed the Italian architect Paolo Portoghesi for a DVD that was released privately.
Van Winden regularly serves on juries, such as the ‘Funeral Culture as a Design Task’ competition, the Rietveld Prize in Utrecht and the City of Groningen’s Architecture Prize. He is currently working together with Radia Elgarbi and Henk van der Woude (Remake), Babet Galis, Han Willen Visscher and Machiel van Dorst (TU Delft) and Rein Sohilait (Forum) on a study into Collective Private Commissioning that is set to be published in 2012.
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