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Real Estate Architecture #1


Matteo Costanzo (2A+P/A)
Bart Dehaene (Architectenbureau Bart Dehaene)
Filipe Magalhães (fala atelier)
Hikaru Nissanke (OMMX)

Matteo Costanzo

2A+P/A is an architectural office established in Rome by Gianfranco Bombaci and Matteo Costanzo. The office works on architectural, urban and landscape design projects with a particular interest in the condition of the contemporary city. They have been awarded in a number of international competition and invited to present and exhibit their work by: Architectural Association in London, the 14th, 13th and 11th Venice Biennale, 5th Biennale of Brasilia, NAI in Rotterdam, Shanghai Expo and MAXXI in Rome. They are currently teaching at the Miami University and Cornell University programs and at the IED in Rome. Their writings and projects have been published in a variety of international books and magazines, and they are founders and editors of San Rocco magazine, and for the space Campo. Matteo Costanzo studied at Sapienza University in Rome and Brooks University in Oxford. He had collaborated with magazine Domus and wrote several texts and essays for international books and magazines such as: A10, Abitare, a+t, A+U, Architecture d’aujourd’hui, Architectural Review and Volume. He taught at IED and at the master In/Arch in Rome, at Naba and Domus Academy in Milan, Syracuse University in London.

Bart Dehaene

Architecture office Bart Dehaene operates from a non-dogmatic attitude. We work within an economy of means: the specific characteristics of a given site and program and our knowledge on craftsmanship and the architecture history. Together this results in a wide range of poetic projects which are not bound to a singular style, time or approach. We believe that in our contemporary society it is a necessity to collaborate in order to create projects, which are sustainable on all levels. In recent years we’re gradually upscaled our projects from private houses to social housing, collective living, offices, cultural projects, urban planning and schools. The school project for ‘De Brug’ in Erpe-Mere will be presented during the 2016 Venice Biennale in the Belgian pavilion as part of the ‘Bravoure’ expo. ‘De Brug’ in Erpe-Mere is a project from Architecture office Bart Dehaene in collaboration with Sileghem & Partners architects and engineers, and art integration by Ante Timmermans.

Filipe Magalhães

fala is a naïve architecture practice based in Porto, led by Filipe Magalhães, Ana Luisa Soares and Ahmed Belkhodja. Established in 2013, the atelier works with methodic optimism on a wide range of projects, from territories to birdhouses. Filipe Magalhães graduated in architecture at Faculdade de Arquitectura do Porto and Fakulteta za Arhitekturo in Ljubljana. He wrote the thesis ‘between the abstract and the figurative’. Filipe worked with Harry Gugger in Basel and Sanaa in Tokyo. He is visiting professor at Bratislava’s Faculty of Architecture.

Hikaru Nissanke

Hikaru Nissanke founded OMMX in 2010, having completed his studies at Cambridge University and the Architectural Association. He is now a Design Fellow and Studio Master at both Cambridge University and Central St Martins. Hikaru advocates a pluralist approach to architecture that goes beyond merely meeting the functional needs and performative challenges of buildings – one that is qualitative, culturally engaged, socially relevant, ethnically sensitive and ethical. He synthesises a phenomenal and noumenal understanding of the world to produce architecture that appeals to both untamed and cultivated states of mind. He has a particular interest in the inherent poetic and semantic potential of architectural elements, details, materials and material processes.


Shumi Bose (AASchool)
Tom Broes (UGent)
Sébastien Charlier (GAR asbl)

Shumi Bose

Home economics

Shumi Bose is an architectural writer, historian and editor. She teaches at Architectural Association and at Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design in London. She is a contributing editor for Blueprint magazine, an editor at Strelka Press and in 2012 was a curatorial collaborator with Sir David Chipperfield for the 13th Venice Biennale of Architecture. Recent publications include Places for Strangers (with mæ architects, Park Books, 2014) and Real Estates (with Fulcrum, Bedford Press, 2014). With Jack Self and and Finn Williams, she is curator of British Pavilion at the 15th International Architecture Biennale of Venice. Their project entitled Home Economics explores the future of the home through a series of full-scale domestic interiors.

Tom Broes

The architect, the developer and the contractor

Graduated from the University of Ghent, Tom Broes has worked for Robbrecht en Daem Architecten and for the urban design department of the city of Antwerp. He is currently working on his PhD dissertation focusing on the emergency of real estate architecture in Belgium. He has contributed to several publications as LaboXX and Flanders Architectural Yearbook.

Sébastien Charlier

Towards a vertical architecture in Liège

PhD in architecture history, Sébastien Charlier co-authored the integral re-edition of the architecture magazine L'Equerre (Editions Fourre-tout, 2013) as well as the Guide d'architecture morderne et contemporaine. Liège (Editions Mardaga, 2014). He is currently collaborator at GAR asbl and director of the exhibition series Archidoc.

Guest critics

Nadia Casabella (ULB)
Sophie Dawance (ULg)
Michiel Dehaene (UGent)
Lisa De Visscher (A+)
Bernard Kormoss (ULg)