Jo Taillieu

Jo Taillieu studied architecture at LUCA School of Arts, faculty of Architecture, part of the University of Leuven, campus Sint-Lucas Ghent, and Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art & Design in Dundee. He worked for Maxwan Architects in Rotterdam (NL) from 1995 to 1996, for Stéphane Beel Architects from 1997 to 2001, and for Stéphane Beel – Xaveer De Geyter Architects as project director from 2001 to 2007. He was partner from 2007 to 2008 at Jo Crepain architects. From 2004 to 2009 he also ran a parallel independent practice, before establishing architecten de vylder vinck taillieu in 2009. Since 2002 he has taught at the University of Ghent and at the University of Leuven, Faculty of Architecture, campus Sint-Lucas Ghent as a permanent professorship and since 2009 as visiting professor at numerous institutions, including the Academia di Architettura di Mendrisio (IT), the TU Delft (NL), Sandberg Institute in Amsterdam (NL) and since 2014 at the Ecole Polytechnique Féderale de Lausanne (CH). He lectured regularly in leading institutes and international conferences. Architecten de vylder vinck taillieu received the silver Lion at at the 16th Architecture Biennale di Venezia 2008 ‘FREESPACE’.



About the relation between teaching and practice and practice trough teaching
About the work of architecten de vylder vinck taillieu
About the embracement of ‘making’ in the broadest sense
About understanding the métier as the key to the future
About playing a critical potential through an understanding of how to build
About the responsibility to give architecture a chance at cultural production
also about the uncertainty and the decision
also about recalibrating the expected
also about accuracy above gestures
also about the importance of human imperfection
also about the social responsibility of architecture by interfering in basic programs
also about the importance of catching the moment through reworking
also about the everyday reality founded in cultural sustainability
also about the human body and its relation to architecture
also about the triptych reference/detail/making
and also about the triptych observation/imagination/translation
but especially about optimism,
and the pleasure of making
and so much more
simple complexity in architecture