Adrien Verschuere

Adrien Verschuere studied Architecture at ISA St-Luc Tournai, Belgium and at the École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, Switzerland (diploma with Prof. E. Zenghelis in 1999). He was a design architect at Herzog & de Meuron, Basel between 2000 and 2003 and collaborated with the Office for Metropolitan Architecture – Rem Koolhaas, Rotterdam until 2001. Adrien Verschuere is the co-founder of the architecture firm Made in, Geneva, Switzerland. In 2008, he founded BAUKUNST based in Brussels and in Lausanne. In 2017, the first two built projects were both nominated for the Mies van der Rohe Award. Besides his current teaching and researching position at the Université Catholique de Louvain, Adrien Verschuere is regularly invited as guest critic or lecturer in various institutions, including: the FAUP Porto, IRGE Universität Stuttgart, Berlage Institute Rotterdam, USI Accademia di Architettura Mendrisio, ETH Zürich and the EPF Lausanne.

Performative objects

At the premise of the Anthropocene, facing the awareness of the world as a (post)globalized phenomena, the concepts of “Nature and Culture” are being reassessed by a number of contemporary thinkers. This paradigmatic transformation constitutes new opportunities for architecture – considered both as an artistic and scientific operator – to contribute to these major changes by using its own fundamentals. The academic realm – in the perspective of its original essence as skholé (σχολή), a place « freed from the urgencies of the world » – carries the responsibility to offer a critical framework for teaching, researching and practicing, decidedly seen as dialogic ways to (re)think necessities of the current situation. Transversal and generalist in essence, architecture, considered as “art of proportion”, enables to understand and to establish new relationships between people and things which exist, most of the time as they already exist. In this respect, the accelerated production and accumulation of knowledges emphasize the position of the architect as a “critical interpret” unveiling new forms of conversations, new compositions.
Balancing between theory and practice, the research and teaching program will focus on the architectural design as a tool to address new narratives, considering the precedents derived from History and the experimental nature of Technic as interdependent actors, staging new possible relationships between humans and non-humans.