Breaking Work

Wouter Fris is CEO at ReDock, an initiative to rethink the way we live and to develop green villages as part of large scale eco-restoration projects.


Wouter is also founder and partner at D/DOCK, an Amsterdam based design and architecture studio in Amsterdam with an international portfolio and a drive for innovation as part of a passion to shape the changing world.


Last (but not least) Wouter is founder and partner at Furnify, a company that gives old furniture a second life as part of a vision to design up to 100% circular.


With an education as building engineer, project manager and designer Wouter has always tried turn design into a healthy business case for his clients. Concepts like healing environments, healing offices, circular schools and ReDock, turn out highly successful because of the different approach to the market, the human based qualities and the healthy business case behind it.


In 1984 Wouter started as a partner at studio Heyligers in Amsterdam, handling lots of international projects mainly focused on the fusion between interior design and technology. After lounging an office at Kuala Lumpur Wouter decided to start his own company D/DOCK in 2004.

D/DOCK was focused on conceptual design and innovation, which turned out to be very successful. With clients like Google, Facebook and Microsoft the company has grown to 45 designers and project managers.


Wouter’s latest initiative, ReDock, is far out the most challenging and daring attempt to really show a different world, a different way of working, living and learning without parasitizing our planet but on contrary, repairing it.

Illia Temnov, chief architect and founder M3 architects.


I was born in Odessa, Ukraine,  April  10th 1986, in the family of a seaman.


Received my bachelor's degree from the Odessa Building Academy, and received master's degree in architecture from Lviv Polytechnic, Ukraine. I got architectural practice in large architectural companies in Russia, Ukraine and China.


Convinced minimalist.  As simple as possible,  as much as possible, as interesting as possible. My worldview is a tool for liquidation of everything  superfluous in favor of focusing on the most important thing in life. The key point of my philosophy is to achieve maximum signal and minimum noise. Where the signal is important information and the noise is extraneous.


Now  M3 architects is an international architectural company  that works on objects of architecture and interior design in several countries of the world.

Melissa Hanley is the principal and co-founder of Blitz. She performs many roles in the studio but primarily  design. When she is not working on projects for innovative local technology workplaces and global retail, hospitality, and product brands, she spend her days managing operations, brand, and project delivery strategy for the studio.


She is a maker at heart and fell in love with creating things at a very early age. As a daughter of a contractor / fine wood-worker, building runs in her blood. Her phenomenal parents encouraged (and tolerated) her artist expressions even at the expense of the furniture and walls. The sense of exploration and freedom to test ideas has been at the core of her world view ever since and informs her process to this day.


She is committed to making Blitz projects not only beautiful and a pleasure to inhabit, but functional and economic successes as well. The trust her clients put on, is an incredible privilege and She love the process of design and collaborating with individuals who value the functional, economic (not to mention aesthetic!) benefits great design. The projects where her Client is an active member of the design team are the most successful and the most rewarding.


She feel privileged to be considered a champion for good design and regularly contributes to her projects and design knowledge to technical and lifestyle publications such as Interior Design Magazine, Contract, Vanity Fair, GQ, The Atlantic, The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal.

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Mark Hemel is the Co-founder and Director Information Based Architecture and registered as architect at the Stichting Bureau Architecten Register, The Hague, the Netherlands.


Mark Hemel graduated from the Technical University of Delft, the Netherlands in 1993. He subsequently received a scholarship from the Netherlands Foundation for Visual Arts, Design and Architecture to research the development of vernacular architecture in West Africa, and historical cities in Southern India.


In 1996 he completed his  Postgraduate studies  at the Architectural Association in London. He worked for Zaha Hadid in London for 2 years 1996-1997. Between 1999-2008 he was Unit-master at the Architectural Association in London. From 2002 - 2003 he has taught as design-tutor of the post-graduate Environment and Energy program at the AA in London, and also taught at the Architecture Academy in Rotterdam, the Netherlands.

He has received the RIBA Bronze Medal tutor award from the Royal Institute of British Architects.


Mark’s writings are widely published. He is currently writing a book on the design-process of the Guangzhou TV tower called Supertall, the rise of bio-intelligence. He is a registered as architect at the Stichting Bureau Architecten Register, The Hague, the Netherlands

Emmanuel Blamont is Senior Design Partner & Director of External Relations at Ateliers Jean Nouvel.


Emmanuel Blamont graduated from Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts, Paris, in 1984. In 1977 to 1985, he collaborated with Jean Nouvel firstly as an architectural assistant and then as a project manager on

more than sixty projects. He worked as an associate partner of Jean Nouvel et Associés.


In 1990 to 1995, he created Blamont & Caroso Neiva Architects, and participated in various design studies and

competitions, both in France and abroad and built “Le Phènix” theatre in Valenciennes. From 1995 to 2003, he lived in Salvador, Bahia, Brazil, where he designed and coordinated a large urban planning project in a shantytown: Projeto Ta Rebocado - Favela do Candeal. This project won a Best Practice Award from the UNHABITAT UNO in 2002. Emmanuel also created and managed “DUNE”, a Non-Governmental Organization for the conception of sustainable development projects in semi-arid areas.


Since June 2003, he has been collaborating again with Jean Nouvel as a Senior Design Partner. From June 2014, he was named Director of External Relations for AJN.

Hiroko Kusunoki


Paris based architecture design studio founded in 2011 by Nicolas MOREAU (fr) and Hiroko KUSUNOKI (jp). The two started their professional experience in Tokyo and gathered invaluable lessons from SANAA, Shigeru BAN and Kengo KUMA. In June 2015, Moreau Kusunoki was awarded 1st prize in the Guggenheim Helsinki Design Competition.


Hiroko Kusunoki studied architecture at Shibaura Institute of Technology in Tokyo. She worked for Shigeru Ban Architects (Tokyo) and Hara Warde/Ateier Jean Nouvel before establishing her own practice with Nicolas Moreau in 2011.


She has been working on projects of various scales and temporary structures such as the Nomadic Museum which travelled from New York and Santa Monica to Tokyo.

Nicolas Moreau


Paris based architecture design studio founded in 2011 by Nicolas MOREAU (fr) and Hiroko KUSUNOKI (jp). The two started their professional experience in Tokyo and gathered invaluable lessons from SANAA, Shigeru BAN and Kengo KUMA. In June 2015, Moreau Kusunoki was awarded 1st prize in the Guggenheim Helsinki Design Competition.


Nicolas Moreau studied architecture at Belleville School of Architecture in Paris. He worked for SANAA (Sejima and Nishizawa and Associates) and Kuma Kengo Architecture and Associates before establishing his own practice with Hiroko Kusunoki in 2011.


He was a co-founder and CEO of Kuma Europe during 2008-2011, working also as a chief architect on cultural project such as Contemporary Art Center in Marseille and Music school in Besancon.

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Sameep Padora is the principal architect and founder of Sameep Padora & Associates (sP+a), a Mumbai based architecture studio engaged in projects of multiple scales, all framed within a larger interest in history and typological research.


Sameep completed his undergraduate studies in Mumbai in 1996 followed by post-graduate studies at Cambridge, where he received a Master's Degree from the Graduate School of Design at Harvard University in 2005.


He is a member of the Academic Council at the School of Environment and Architecture (SEA) and is one of the founding members of the Bandra Collective, an organization of architects engaging with design of public spaces in the city of Mumbai.


In the recent past his practice received Wallpaper Magazine’s award for single-family house of the year in 2016. Prior to this sP+a was one of the firms that received the World Architecture News, (WAN 21 for 21) Award for 21 Emerging International Practices for the 21 st century and has been a Nominee for the BSI Swiss Architecture Award 2014.


In 2015 the studio’s projects were a basis for a traveling solo exhibition entitled Projective Histories beginning.


In 2015 he instituted sPare, a research arm of the studio. sPare’s maiden project, a documentation and analysis of historic housing types within the city of Mumbai resulted in a traveling exhibition entitled ‘In the Name of Housing and is available as a book published by the UDRI.

Kamran Afshar Naderi, graduated from Italy and university professor since 1994, is the co-founder of the most influential Iranian architectural magazine, Memar (1997). He has published three books: Istituzioni colletive nelle citta’ Islamiche (Genoa - 1987), Iranian Architecture (Tehran - 2003), The Gardens of Paradise (Rome - 2007) and over 150 articles.


His articles, interviews and ideas have been  published in Iran, Italy, Germany, England, Kuwait,  Turkey, Cyprus, Switzerland, USA and Hong Kong (in process). He has chaired jury sessions for several architectural prizes and competitions. He is the co-founder of the prestigious “Memar Award”, (since 2001).


Afshar Naderi delivers lectures about architectural theory and criticism. He teaches design process at university. His recent teaching method consists of disclosing fundaments of design process through creative and unconventional exercises.


His key points in architecture are “creativity”, “critical approach” and to “explore in depth” and through these issues he explains the subjects of “idea”, “form”, “space” and “place”. He explains the common roots of creative thinking in the different fields of knowledge, through a cross comparison among architecture, music, painting, neuroscience, anthropology, archeology, history of science and technology, poetry and so on. His writings are used as textbook in design courses at several universities.

Navin Piplani is a conservation architect, currently appointed as Principal Director of INTACH Heritage Academy, New Delhi. He took up this post after the completion of his role as the Hamlyn-Feilden Fellow and Director of Studies at the Centre for Conservation Studies, Department of Archaeology, The University of York.


Navin also runs his architecture conservation practice in Delhi and has acquired knowledge, expertise and skills by working on a range of projects in India and Europe. Since 2002, he has worked as a core member of the Taj Mahal Conservation Collaborative, a multi-disciplinary team of heritage professionals, engaged in the conservation of the World Heritage Site of Taj Mahal. In 2004, Navin assisted Professor A.G. Krishna Menon, an eminent conservationist, for the preparation of the INTACH Charter for the Conservation of Unprotected Architectural Heritage and Sites in India. He has lectured at several academic institutions and professional organizations in India and overseas.


Navin is Vice President of ICOMOS International Training Committee (CIF) and National Scientific Councilor of ICOMOS India. He has researched and published widely on heritage conservation education, training and capacity building.

Günay Erdem (born April 18, 1978) is one of the inspiring and innovative architects in his generation all over the globe. In 1998 Günay Erdem together with his brother landscape architect Sunay Erdem opened professional architecture, landscape architecture and urban design practice Erdem Architects.


In all his designs Günay Erdem dissolves the boundaries of Architecture and Landscape Architecture. By the help of his interdisciplinary approach Mr. Erdem develops designs in more comprehensive manner and his designs gains significant innovative characteristics.


Since 1998 Mr. Erdem designed and supervised many different types of projects varying from single functional projects to metropolis sized mixed use projects. Types of projects he developed varies from common to very extreme ones.


Günay Erdem designed hundreds of architectural, landscape architectural and urban design projects in more than 40 different countries. Some of his projects were awarded in international competitions and some of them received recognition awards from international institutions. Mr. Erdem was invited to conferences to present his projects in many institutions all over the globe.


Günay Erdem has special academic expertise and deep knowledge in the fields of “Basics of Design”, “Architectural Design”, “Architectural Idea Development and Presentation”, “Conceptual Design” and “Ethics in Architecture”. Günay Erdem was invited to many universities to give lectures and share his academic expertise.

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