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Curators Profiles

URBAN THINK TANK

Alfredo Brillembourg
Alfredo Brillembourg was born in New York in 1961. He received his
Bachelor of Art and Architecture in 1984 and his Master of Science in
Architectural Design in 1986 from Columbia University. In 1992, he
received a second architecture degree from the Central University of
Venezuela and began his independent practice in architecture. In 1993 he
founded Urban-Think Tank (U
-TT) in Caracas, Venezuela. Since 1994 he
has been a member of the Venezuelan Architects and Engineers
Association and has been a guest professor at the University Jose Maria
Vargas, the University Simon Bolivar and the Central University of
Venezuela. Starting in 2007, Brillembourg has been a guest professor at
the Graduate School of Architecture and Planning, Columbia University,
where he co-founded the Sustainable Living Urban Model Laboratory
(S.L.U.M. Lab) with Hubert Klumpner. He has over 20 years of experience
practicing architecture and urban design. Along with Hubert Klumpner, he
received the 2010 Ral
ph Erskine Award, 2011 Gold Holcim Award for Latin
America and 2012 Silver Holcim Global Award for their innovation in social
and ecological urban design.

Hubert Klumpner
Hubert Klumpner was born in Salzburg, Austria in 1965. He graduated in
1993 from the
University of Applied Arts in Vienna in the Master Class of
Prof. Hans Hollein. Klumpner worked with Enrique Miralles and Paul
Rudolph before receiving a Master of Science in Architecture and Urban
Design from Columbia University in 1995. He has been a member of the
German Chamber of Architects since 1997. In 1998 Klumpner joined
Alfredo Brillembourg as Director of Urban-Think Tank (U
-TT) in Caracas.
Starting in 2007, Klumpner became a guest professor at the Graduate
School of Architecture and Planning, Columbia University, where he co-
founded the Sustainable Living Urban Model Laboratory (S.L.U.M. Lab).
Along with Alfredo Brillembourg, he received the 2010 Ralph Erskine
Award, 2011 Gold Holcim Award for Latin America and 2012 Silver Holcim
Global Award for their innovation in social and ecological urban design.

WINY MAAS

is one of the co-founding directors of MVRDV.

Known for projects such as the Expo 2000 and the vision for greater Paris, Grand Paris Plus Petit. He is also professor at and director of The Why Factory, a research institute for the future city, he founded in 2008 at TU Delft. Since 2013 he is Visiting Professor at the University of Hong Kong, before that he was among others Professor at ETH Zurich, Berlage Institute, MIT, Ohio State and Yale University. In addition he designs stage sets, objects and was curator of Indesem 2007. He curates exhibitions, lectures throughout the world and takes part in international juries.  

Recently Winy Maas joined the Economic Development Board of Rotterdam (EDBR). In 2012 he was appointed urban supervisor for the city of Almere and since 2003 he has been supervising the Bjorvika urban development in Oslo. With both MVRDV and The Why Factory he has published a series of research projects on the future of cities. He has received the Order of the Dutch Lion from the Netherlands Government and has been made a Chevalier de la Légion D'honneur by the French Government for his contributions to the fields of Architecture and Urbanism.

Winy has contributed on a number of occasions including the Bjarke Ingels curated evening in 2010 and again in 2012 in the amazing Palazzo Foscari in Malcontenta


KJETIL TRÆDAL THORSEN
Partner and co-founder of Snøhetta

Kjetil Trædal Thorsen, born in the Norwegian city of Haugesund and spent most of his childhood on the neighbouring coastal island of Karmøy.
After several school years in Germany and the UK he graduated as Dipl. Ing. Architect in Graz, Austria in 1985.  The year after he cofounded the first Norwegian Gallery for architecture, Gallery ROM.
In 1989 he cofounded the multidisciplinary architectural practice Snøhetta.
Since the creation of Snøhetta, he has been instrumental in the projects developed by the practice such as the Bibliotheca Alexandrina, Alexandria, Egypt; the New National Opera and Ballet in Oslo, Norway; Inmed Research Facility in Marseille, France; The Serpentine Summer Pavilion with Olafur Eliasson, London, UK; the Ground Zero Memorial Pavilion, NY, NY and lately the King Abdul Aziz Center for World Culture in Dahran, Saudi Arabia.
He is a frequent lecturer internationally and from 2004 to 2008 he was professor of architecture at the Institute of Experimental Architecture at the University of Innsbruck, Austria

Kjetil has contributed to the club on a number of occasions and is the only person to have curated two evenings following his hugely successful evening in 2012