Floris Alkemade, Dutch Chief Government Architect

picture: Fred Ernst

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.