BNA/BNI Debate:The Young Architectthen and now - Thu 5 Oct, 19:15 - AFFR
9–13 Oct 2024
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BNA/BNI Debate:
The Young Architect
then and now – Thu 5 Oct, 19:15

On 5 October, AFFR, the BNA and the BNI will organise a special, double film screening and debate with the theme 'The Young Architect - then and now'. On the basis of two films - Make do with now and  TXL – Berlin Tegel Airport - a moderator speaks with a panel of young (interior) architects about the challenges of their practice. The four participants in the conversation are Janne van Berlo of Atelier van Berlo, Tom Hulsman of TMOJ, Susanne Bakkenist of REST, studio for spatial design and Niels Geers, who works at de Architekten Cie. Moderator is Hedwig van der Linden.


About the films

Make Do With Now

Anne Gross, Sebastian Gross | 2022 | Switzerland | 62 min
Motivational film about a new generation of Japanese architects who deploy limited resources in responding adequately to current social and ecological questions. ‘Lessons from Japan’, which every young architect can emulate.

TXL Berlin Tegel Airport

Lukas Schmid & Marek Iwicki | 2022 | Germany | 13 min
In 1965 three newly graduated German architects won the international competition for Tegel Airport in Berlin with a surprising design. A colourful look back at an optimistic time before flying shame or terrorism.

"All the great challenges of our time have a relationship with the physical domain [...] I think it is precisely for this reason that it is important that even the views of young people are well represented in architecture and in the debate about it."

– Niels Geerts


About the participants

Janne van Berlo founded Atelier van Berlo in 2015. After studying in Berlin and Delft, she graduated cum laude from her Masters at TU Delft, with research on the experience of the sacred in a secular society. Read more

Tom Hulsman is an architect and co-founder of Studio TMOJ. He studied at TU Delft and the University of Melbourne and gained valuable experience at Braaksma & Roos architects in The Hague. In 2018, he co-founded Studio TMOJ with Maarten Suykerbuyk and Jaap Sybenga. Read more

Susanne Bakkenist, 38, graduated from the Master Interior Architecture (MIA ) HKU in 2013. Working for about 9 years as an independent and freelance (a.o. i29) interior architect on various assignments where circularity, materiality and identity play an important role. read more

Niels Geerts is a young architect at de Architekten Cie. where he works on a variety of projects. From urban planning to interior design and from building to furniture. His interest lies in working on sustainable, socio-cultural projects within an urban environment. Currently, his main focus is on the renovation of the Lower House of the States General. Read more


Moderator Hedwig van der Linden trained as an architect at TU Delft and gained work experience at several design and research firms. She is co-founder of design practice Dérive and works from Brussels and Rotterdam. Her approach is characterised by a reflective and exploratory attitude combined with imagination, space for dialogue and co-creation. In the Belgian context, she works with organisations such as Architecture Workroom Brussels and the Team Vlaams Bouwmeester. Furthermore, Hedwig teaches within the Master of Architecture at TU Delft and the Rotterdam Academy of Architecture. Together with her team of Dérive, she is currently architect in residence at Architectuurcentrum Amsterdam.

BNA/BNI Debate: The Young Architect - then and now

Thursday 5 October 19:15
LantarenVenster Room 3
film • city • architecture 9 - 13 Oct. 2024