"Am I Still an Architect" is the project I worked on in 2020 as a recipient of the Talent Development Grant 2019, awarded by Stimuleringsfonds (Creative Industries NL) to young creatives in different artistic disciplines.
My project started with a focus on the role of architecture in the current, profit driven, socioeconomic system. With the aim of offering different perspectives which could redefine the significance of the discipline, I wished to develop an approach that combines architectural criticism, design, and storytelling. My research started from visionary and utopian practices from the Sixties and Seventies that push the boundaries of the architectonic discipline (see article Moving between Utopia and Dystopia). At the same time, I developed my storytelling by learning new skills in the areas of creative writing, visual techniques and the performing arts.
Working on a set of stories and architectural follies, I explored what happens when architecture, storytelling, and creative writing meet. In order to investigate my frustration with the current state of the architectural profession, I tried to uncover the personal, the generational, and the universal aspects of this frustration. As part of this process, I wrote about my relationship with space and with the profession throughout my life, writing stories through spaces and designing spaces from stories. With an intuitive, non-linear process, I went back and forth between the two, in a way that makes it impossible to determine what came first.