The Dutch Chief Government Architect Floris Alkemade, the Flemish Government Architect Leo Van Broeck and the Belgian architect Joachim Declerck are the three curators of the next two editions of the International Architecture Biennale Rotterdam (IABR), in 2018 and 2020.

Floris Alkemade, Dutch Chief Government Architect

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Floris Alkemade (1961) is an architect and urban designer. After completing his studies with Rem Koolhaas at Delft University of Technology (NL) he worked at the Office for Metropolitan Architecture (OMA) for 18 years, the last eight years as a partner. He contributed to major projects and studies around the world, both at the level of architecture and that of urban planning. Among his most famous accomplishments are Euralille, a major development around Lille, France’s new TGV station; the Ruhr Museum in Essen, Germany and the new city centre of Almere in the Netherlands.
Working on projects in the Netherlands and abroad Floris Alkemade has been heading FAA (Floris Alkemade Architect) since 2008. His work with FAA includes large-scale architectural projects in France, such as the transformation and new construction of the 600-m-long Macdonald bonded warehouse in Paris.
As guest professor Alkemade was associated with Ghent University for nine years and he has been lecturing at the Academy of Architecture in Amsterdam since 2014.

On 1 September 2015, Floris Alkemade was appointed the Netherlands Government Architect and as such he is chairman of the Board of Government Advisors. The Government Architect advises the Minister of the Interior and the Director-General of the Central Government Real Estate Agency. He monitors and promotes the architectural and urban planning quality of government projects, including the disposal and redevelopment of central government real estate. The Government Architect offers central government solicited and unsolicited advice on issues of architectural quality as well as on major spatial themes. He also plays an important role in the informing of the professional discourse.
On his Netherlands Government Architect’s agenda, Floris Alkemade has included the ambition to search for the social value of every design challenge.

Leo Van Broeck, Flemish Government Architect

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Leo Van Broeck (1958) was appointed Flemish Government Architect by the government of Flanders in September 2016.
Van Broeck graduated as an engineer-architect from the University of Leuven (BE) in 1981, and has been a Professor of Architectural and Urban Design in Leuven since 2006. In 1997 he founded the non-profit organization Stad en Architectuur (City and Architecture), a foundation that promotes architecture in Belgium by means of debates, lectures and exhibitions. In 2007 he established architecture office Bogdan & Van Broeck together with Oana Bogdan. The office is primarily research-oriented and distinguishes itself by its active social engagement. In addition, Van Broeck was the chairman of the Royal Federation of Architecture Associations in Belgium (FAB) between 2013 and 2016.

As the Flemish Government Architect, Leo Van Broeck dedicates his mandate to the transition to full sustainability. He stresses the importance of making a more careful use of space in addressing the climate change challenge. His objective is the development of a building and design agenda aimed at a more comfortable, healthy, better-equipped and more inclusive environment, coupled with a more careful and sustainable treatment of that environment and its natural resources. Architecture and research by design can make an important contribution to that transition by imagining and testing both visions for the future and innovative solutions and by concretizing them in realizations. Leo Van Broeck aims to bring architectural quality, spatial quality and ecological quality together in one single narrative.

Joachim Declerck, AWB

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Joachim Declerck (1979) is an engineer-architect and founding partner of Architecture Workroom Brussels (AWB) – a European think-and-do tank for innovation in the field of architecture and urban and regional development. As a guest professor he has been associated with Ghent University (BE) since 2014. The main theme of his work is the use of design and spatial development as levers for the realization of social transitions.
After graduating from Ghent University Declerck attended the international postgraduate course at the Berlage Institute in Rotterdam. He remained associated with the Berlage from 2005 until 2010, and headed its professional research and development programme. He worked on the 3rd IABR: Power – Producing the Contemporary City (2007), that the Berlage Institute curated, and co-curated the exhibition ‘A Vision for Brussels – Imagining the Capital of Europe’ in 2007.
Since its inception in 2010, Architecture Workroom Brussels has been an initiator, a mediator and a platform to create space and conditions for innovative architecture and for research by design. AWB has a team of ten architect-researchers and is led by three partners: Roeland Dudal, Els Vervloesem and Joachim Declerck. The objectives of AWB’s long-term strategic work lines include visionary housing, productive landscapes, caring neighbourhoods and the productive city. As a platform for research by design and knowledge sharing, AWB contributes to broad public debate, to the professional practice and to knowledge development as well as to innovation in urban development and urban policy.

In 2010 Declerck was the curator of the exhibition ‘Building for Brussels - Architecture and Urban Transformation in Europe’ (2010). He was a member of the curator team of the 5th IABR: Making City (2012) and of the Belgian Pavilion at the 13th Architecture Biennale in Venice, entitled The Ambition of the Territory (2012). He was involved in several IABR–Ateliers as Lead Designer.