The Ryerson University Department of Architectural Science (DAS) has annual lecture and events series with a diverse collection of free talks and exhibitions throughout the an academic year. This year’s (2018-2019) events run from September to May and include talks, exhibitions, award programmes, a collaborative exercise, and the annual year end show.
Ryerson is one of three architecture programs in the city and has a relationship with the Consulate-General of the Netherlands who helps to bring a Dutch architect to the city each year. It is an opportunity to both showcase Dutch work and philosophy to a large student body of 400 students as well as a other academics, practitioners, developers and city officials who all like to attend these talks.
Sandor Naus, architect and co-founder of Monadnock
Monadnock is a Rotterdam-based practice producing architecture. Monadnock designs, researches and writes. Generating discourse in the fields of architecture, urbanism, interior design and staging - shifting between the scale of the city and that of the street, to the interior. Monadnock creates contemporary buildings that embed architecture in the broader cultural production of its generation. By comparing key themes, such as contemporary and tradition, convention and banality, constructive logic and illusionary representation, Monadnock strives for an architecture that combines beauty, efficiency and the transfer of architectural knowledge.
Monadnock was founded in 2006 by Job Floris and Sandor Naus. Both initially trained as interior and furniture designers during their studies at the Academy of Fine Arts and subsequently graduated from the Academy for Architecture and Urbanism. Naus started his professional career in Belgium where he first served his internship at AWG Architects in Antwerp and later worked for Poulissen Partners in the same city. In 2000 he moved back to The Netherlands, where he broadened his experience by working at MVRDV in Rotterdam, until 2006. While there, as project architect he was responsible for the realization of large-scale Dutch projects including the ‘Parkrand’ building and the music venue ‘Effenaar’. In addition to this, he worked on projects in London and Madrid.
Monadnock has received international attention for realizing characteristic tailor-made buildings. These include ‘Strand’, a beach pavilion on the River Maas, ‘Make No Little Plans’ a huge temporary installation on a city square, the ‘Landmark’, a viewing tower in the heart of a village, shortlisted for the Mies van der Rohe Award in 2017, and the ‘Atlas House’, which received a Brick Award in 2018.
Currently, Monadnock is involved in projects of various scales, ranging from housing projects to the design of a new visitor centre for the Hoge Veluwe National Park, due to open in June 2019.
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