Marieke Berkers is an architectural historian with more than twenty years of experience as an independent researcher and writer. She is a member of the editorial board of De Blauwe Kamer and the Landscape Architecture and Urbanism Yearbook, and acts as a lecturer at the Academy of Architecture Amsterdam. Marieke has been treasurer of AFFR’s board since 2016, and is therefore well acquainted with the festival. She is now exchanging this position for the role of Interim Director.
Marieke Berkers: “AFFR is currently experiencing a period of significant growth. I’m looking forward to give direction to a further professionalisation of the festival which will enable and enhance its growth, together with the board and an enthusiastic team. This includes sharpening AFFR’s profile: how can we, together with our artistic and financial partners, strengthen our role within the national and Rotterdam architectural community and increase our visibility?
Film is the medium of choice to tell critical, topical and surprising stories about architecture, cities, landscapes and associated social and political issues. These films, coupled with razor-sharp introductions, debates and Q&As, can tilt your perspective. A few hours at the cinema can have a huge impact on your view of the world and your understanding of certain topics. I therefore see it as my mission to entice many more architects, city lovers, film buffs and students to come and visit the festival, as the hub of vibrant debate about the city – in addition to the amazing audience which we have already.”
Photography: Salih Kilic