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Professorships awarded for UNStudio’s Caroline Bos and Ben van Berkel

Caroline Bos started a Honorary Professorship at the University of Melbourne. Ben van Berkel extendend the Kenzo Tange Chair at Harvard University Graduate School of Design.

The University of Melbourne’s Senior Appointments and Promotions Committee (SAPC) recently advised in favour of the Faculty of Architecture, Building and Planning’s nomination of Caroline Bos to a five year Honorary Professorial position within the faculty. Bos will contribute to the teaching and research at the school through lectures, master classes and student crits.

In her Dean’s Lecture Caroline Bos will explore the architect’s propensity to polarise prime, showcase spaces in favour of more humble subsidiary spaces. She will propose that architecture and urban design should cease creating such distinctions and instead consider the added value of subsidiary spaces during pivotal design stages.

In 2011 Ben van Berkel was awarded the Kenzo Tange Visiting Professor Chair at the Harvard University Graduate School of Design. The Kenzo Tange Chair has been extended to Ben van Berkel for a further period of three years.

The upcoming studio ‘Unfinished Work’ will investigate the relationship between architecture and emerging modes of production. The studio and research agenda will explore how changing ideas about work alter the demands and performance of space. New methods of production which are reshaping the work environment will be used for case studies into how these models alter the ways in which people work, communicate and problem solve.

Tandem research will explore the impact of emerged and emerging work models and their concentration in ‘knowledge cities’. The end product will be the visual representation of the production process as it applies to a singular building programme, and the design of a working environment that encompasses the principles, values and attributes of the new method studied.

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