Archipelago of Practice

We would like to invite you to the First Multiplier Event hosted by the University of Antwerp. The Event will take place on Friday February 19 at 2:00PM - 6:00PM CET and it will consist of testimonies of twelve architects--with their singular and extraordinary paths--who have moved away from a traditional understanding of architecture practice. The aim is to record their testimonies and, at the same time, to discuss the project by sharing the preliminary findings of the survey.

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Inge Bertels (Vice-dean, University of Antwerp) 




Harriet Harriss (Royal College of Art), Johan De Walsche (Professor, University of Antwerp)



Practice of Dissemination

(Moderated by Federica Vannucchi, Royal College of Art)

Hera van Sande, Belgium (Artistic Director, vzw Archipel)   

Marco Brizzi, Italy (Founder, ARCH'IT; Founder, Cultivar)



Architects in Publishing 

(Johan De Walsche, Professor, University of Antwerp) 

Grazia Trisciuoglio, Italy (UK) (Senior information designer at Ticketmaster) 

Sven Sorić, Croatia (Graphic designer) 



Architect, Artist, Curator

(Moderated by Dag Boutsen, KU Leuven)

Pieterjan Ginckels, Belgium (Artist)    

Evangelos Kotsioris, Greece & US (Curator, Museum of Modern Art, New York)   



Discussion (30 min) 

(Moderated by Dag Boutsen, KU Leuven)



Break (10 min)



Raising Future Practice

(Moderated by Mia Roth Cerina, University of Zagreb)

Menna Agha, Egypt & Belgium (Fellow in Design for Spatial Justice, University of Oregon) 

Felipe de Ferrari, Chile (Co-founder, Plan Común; Co-founder, OnArchitecture)



Activist Practice

(Moderated by Harriet Harriss, Royal College of Art) 

Iva Marčetić, Croatia (Member, Right to the City Zagreb) 

Dana Cuff, USA (Professor of Architecture and Urban Design and Founding Director of cityLAB, University of California, Los Angeles)



Strategic Practice

(Moderated by Michela Barosio, Politecnico di Torino)

Ana Dana Beroš, Croatia (Independent Curator, Researcher) 

Davide Barreri and Ilaria Ariolfo, Italy (PlaC - Collaborative Office) 



Discussion (30 min)

(Moderated by Michela Barosio, Politecnico di Torino)



Final Remarks (10 min) 

Johan De Walsche, (Professor, University of Antwerp)

Read about our speakers below


Hera Van Sande is a professor, artistic director, author and practitioner in architecture. Teaches design studio in KU Leuven Faculty of Architecture Campus Ghent and in Bruface (Brussels Faculty of Engineering, a joint venture between Vrije Universiteit Brussel and Université Libre de Bruxelles). Graduated as an engineer architect at the University Ghent and obtained a Ph.D. in 2008 on the Japanese architect Kunio Maekawa. Guest editor and author of the JA117 issue on the work of Kunio Maekawa (2020). Several research grants for Japan, amongst which the Japanese Foundation Fellowship, to conduct doctoral research. Editorial associate at A+U from 2003 till 2009. Collaborated with Toyo Ito on several projects (Bruges pavilion in 2002, Ghent Forum competition in 2004, Ghent Library Competition in 2010). Since 2010 artistic director of the architectural association Archipel, organizing lectures, exhibitions, events, publications, co-leading the newly erected Architecture Platform Ghent. Member of the artistic commission of A+ and UZ Brussels. Director of the architectural office JUNO architecten and recently partner in the architectural thinktank MOP+JUNO.




Marco Brizzi, PhD, is professor, critic and curator in the field of architecture, graduated from the University of Florence, the city where he lives. Finalist for the Golden Medal to criticism awarded by the Triennale di Milano in 2003, he is founder of Image, a leading company that has been operating for more than 20 years to promote a wider understanding of media issues in architecture. He started and directed “Beyond Media,” an architecture festival that took place in Florence from 1997 to 2009 focusing on videos made by architects in the context of a comprehensive debate on architecture and media relations. He directed “arch’it,” since 1995 one of the first online architecture magazines. In 2015, the intention to share one of the most substantial collections of architecture videos and his very personal experience on this specific kind of documents brought him to create "The Architecture Player”. In an effort to interpret the role of communication in architecture facing the challenges of the contemporary world, in 2020 it co-founded Cultivar.




Grazia Trisciuoglio is an Information Designer from Italy, working in London. She studied Architecture at the Politecnico di Torino and graduated in 1998. Soon after her graduation she moved to The Netherlands, where she worked as an Architect for Aukett Europe and Red Design. It was there that she gained experience in commercial architecture, mainly interior architecture for office buildings. During this time, she also developed her interest in Graphic Design, which led her to travelling to New York to attend a short course on the subject at the Parsons School of Design, before moving to London in 2006 where she gained a Postgraduate Certificate in Design for Visual Communication, at the London College of Communication. After a couple of years working as a freelancer, in 2011 she started working for Ticketmaster as a Data Visualisation Designer, where she is now Senior Information Designer, a role consisting of designing and coordinating content; converting business analysis, data and customer insights into diagrams and infographics; developing visual strategies for business reporting and generally giving advice throughout the many departments of the company on how best to organise and present their information visually. Grazia has also been a guest speaker at the Politecnico di Torino, lecturing in May 2016 and May 2018 for the course "Architecture & Urban Economics".




Sven Sorić (1989) is a freelance graphic designer whose practice is focused on printed matter and visual identity systems. Most of his work is done in the field of institutionalised and independent culture. After gaining a master’s degree from the Faculty of Architecture, University of Zagreb he spent a few uninspiring months in the architectural field before pursuing a full time freelance practice. He is a member of the Croatian Designers Association and the Croatian Freelance Artists Association.



Pieterjan Ginckels holds a PhD in architecture from KU Leuven Faculty of Architecture, campus Sint-Lucas Brussels and Ghent. The doctoral project “RADICAL SATURATION – Untitled States of Doom,” is an account of correlating artistic practices, education and academic projects, as a bildungsprocess at the surface. Its spin-off Paradigm Weekly (PW) creates collective experiments with visual architectural culture, and engages the millennial and superficial sensibilities of the personae that are part of it—artists, architects, thinkers and policy makers. At PW, Ginckels currently teaches the Architects Without Qualities studio, STUDIO SNOWFLAKE, as well as a Car Tuning For Architects seminar. He is also the editor and publisher of PW’s cool-critical journal, MISANTHROPOZINE. Each edition taps into a new paradigm, and establishes a potential exit route from disciplinary cults. In 2008, Ginckels founded art and architecture collective SPEEDISM with German architect Julian Friedauer. His work can be found in the permanent collections of Mu.ZEE (Ostend), Museum Voorlinden (The Hague) and ING Belgium, and have been shown at ANDOR (London), BOZAR (Brussels), The Graham Foundation (Chicago), Onomatopee (Eindhoven), Beaufort Triennale, Bucharest Biennale and NAK (Aachen), among others. In 2011 Ginckels received the Center for Fine Arts Award at the Young Belgian Painters Award 2011, BOZAR Center for Fine Arts, Brussels.


Evangelos Kotsioris is a New York-based architectural historian, educator and architect whose research focuses on the intersections of architecture with science, technology and media. He is currently a Curatorial Assistant in the Department of Architecture at the Museum of Modern Art in New York. He was the 2016–17 Emerging Curator at the Canadian Centre for Architecture in Montreal, where he organized the exhibition Lab Cult: An unorthodox history of interchanges between science and architecture. In 2015–16 he was the Assistant Curator of the 3rd Istanbul Biennial, Are We Human?, curated by Beatriz Colomina and Mark Wigley. Kotsioris holds an MArch II from Harvard Graduate School of Design and his doctoral research at Princeton School of Architecture has received the Carter Manny Citation for Special Recognition by the Graham Foundation in Chicago. He has taught at Princeton University, Harvard GSD, the Boston Architectural Center and The Cooper Union. His writing has appeared in Perspecta, New Geographies, post, The Architectural Review, Volume, Manifest, Conditions, On Site and elsewhere.



Menna Agha is an architect and researcher, she is a 2019/2020 spatial justice fellow and was visiting assistant professor at the University of Oregon. Currently, she is coordinating a spatial justice agenda at the Flemish Architecture Institute. Menna holds a PhD from the University of Antwerp in Belgium, and a MA from Köln international school of design in Germany and a BSc in Architecture from University in Egypt. Menna Agha is a third-generation displaced Egyptian Nubian which ushers her research interests in race, gender, space, territory, as well as her agenda in architecture education. Among her publications: "Emotional Capital, and the Other Ontology of the Architect”, and "Liminal Publics, Marginal Resistance".




Felipe de Ferrari is a Chilean architect (Hons., Universidad Católica de Chile, 2010). Co-founder of OnArchitecture (2012- ) and architecture practice Plan Común (2012- ). He has given lectures and participated in seminars at Centro de Cultura Contemporánea de Barcelona, X Sao Paulo Biennial, Mendrisio Academy of Architecture, Harvard Graduate School of Design, Universidad Católica de Chile, Haus der Architektur Graz, Swiss Architecture Museum, Zagreb School of Architecture, Bauhaus-Weimar University and Canadian Centre for Architecture. His articles and interviews have been published in 2G Magazine, AA Files, Architectural Review, Archithese, ARQ, ARCH+, Materia and San Rocco. Co-editor of “CMNcasos”, “ARQ Docs: Pier Vittorio Aureli” (ARQ, 2014), “ARQ Docs: Atelier Bow-Wow” (ARQ, 2015), “Lugares Comunes” (ARQ, 2015) and “Stereografía: Tattara & Zenghelis” (ARQ, 2020). Co-curator of ‘Forum Basel’ exhibition at Swiss Architecture Museum (2017). Co-curator of Conference Program 2020-2022 by Lisbon Architecture Triennale and Centro Cultural de Belém (CCB). Teacher at Universidad Católica de Chile (2014-2018) and at MARQ UC (2020- ).



Iva Marčetić holds a Master degree in Architecture and urban planning from the School of Architecture, University of Zagreb. She is interested in building networks between activists, planners and grassroots initiatives in an effort to democratize the process of planning that would improve material conditions of those who live in the city. With both her activist and research work she hopes to counter the dominant narrative produced in schools, institutions and practice of architecture that lead to commodification of public space and housing. Iva  has been a part of Pulska grupa with whom she represented Croatia in the 13th Biennial of Architecture in Venice, she has been a fellow of Schloss Solitude in Stuttgart and Institute for urban policy in Belgrade.  As a member of Right to the City from Zagreb she has for years worked with local grassroots initiatives and has actively fought for democratization of urban planning in the city and improving of housing rights. Iva is an author of a number of articles and the book “Housing policy in service of social and spatial (in)equalities”.



Dana Cuff is a professor, author, and practitioner in architecture. Her work focuses on affordable housing, modernism, suburban studies, the politics of place, and the spatial implications of new computer technologies. Cuff's research on postwar urbanism was published in a book titled The Provisional City (MIT 2000), she edited Fast Forward Urbanism with Roger Sherman (Princeton Architectural Press 2011), and she recently co-authored Urban Humanities: New Practices for Reimagining the City with her colleagues from the Urban Humanities Initiative (MIT 2020). She founded cityLAB in 2006, and has since concentrated her efforts around issues of spatial justice in the emerging metropolis. Dr. Cuff is widely published, the recipient of numerous fellowships, and lectures internationally. Three recent awards describe the arc of her career: Women in Architecture Activist of the Year (2019, Architectural Record), Researcher of the Year (2019, Architectural Research Centers Consortium), and Educator of the Year (2020, AIALA). 



Ana Dana Beroš (1979) is an architect with a critical spatial practice embodying research, curating, publishing and architectural design. She is based in Zagreb, but often explores the contested borderscapes of Europe and beyond. Co-founder of ARCHIsquad - Division for Architecture with Conscience and its educational program UrgentArchitecture in Croatia. Interest in architectural theory, experimental design and publishing as spatializing practice led her to co-found Think Space and Future Architecture international platforms. Her project Intermundia on trans- and intra-European migration was a finalist for the Wheelwright Prize at GSD Harvard, and received a Special Mention at the XIV Venice Architecture Biennale curated by Rem Koolhaas.



Ilaria Ariolfo and Davide Barreri, together with the architect Andrea Alessio, have founded PlaC in 2014; PlaC (Plateau Collaboratif) is an architecture, urbanism and design firm. PlaC develops projects of urban and architectural regeneration on different scales. PlaC thinks its work as the result of a collaborative process, combining a critical approach about the city-territory, construction and design with a continuous research about contemporary ways of living. PlaC focus on exploiting existing qualities, built and unbuilt, to evolve in something always unexpected through time and their users. Strengthening of identities, adaptability of program and flexibility of spaces are our main tools. PlaC has an international experience in project management and developed projects in Italy, India, Germany and UK; got selected and awarded in different international competitions in Italy, Croatia, Finland, Germany, France, Norway and Spain.