Anne Holtrop and Xavier Ros Majó ‘Harquitectes’, our previous guests, were at Rivoli, Porto, on the 8th of February 2017 for a lecture.
The event also included the official presentation of Porto Academy 2017 and the release of the 2G monographies about Studio Anne Holtrop and Harquitectes. The event also presented the new partnership with Casa da Arquitectura for the next editions.
Anne Holtrop (1977) graduated in 2005 from the Academie van Bouwkunst in Amsterdam with a cum laude degree in architecture and in 2009 started his own studio. Today his office is based in Muharraq (Bahrain) and Amsterdam (The Netherlands). His work ranges from models to temporary spaces and buildings. In 2015 his first two major buildings, Museum Fort Vechten and the National Pavilion of the Kingdom of Bahrain, were completed. He was course director of the Studio for Immediate Spaces master at the Sandberg Instituut Amsterdam from 2012 to 2016, and was editor of the architectural journal Oase from 2005 to 2013. For his practice he has been awarded several grants from the Mondrian Fund, as well as receiving the Charlotte Kohler Prize for Architecture from the Prins Bernhard Cultuurfonds in 2007.
Porto Academy is the result of an enormous passion for architecture as a discipline.We admire the figures that dream about it,who build it,who study it and who promote it.We believe that practise as an exercise of the architect’s profession is central to the future of the discipline and this was also one of the reasons we founded Porto Academy.For a week,one lives the passion for the discipline of architecture and one enjoys an intellectual freedom.
The building of the Faculty of Architecture of the University of Porto from Álvaro Siza whom we admire,it is an enhancer of this freedom we seek.Not just for its exceptional condition where it is placed,but also for the spatial quality it offers us.It is an exhaustive program lived with an enormous intensity.It is an experience that involves conferences,visits,and classes,in addition for most of the participants is an the experience of living in a new city and to get to know people from very heterogeneous contexts that with almost certainly generate productive discussions and building new friendships.Here we seek to dilute borders and bringing people together.
Porto Academy doesn’t pretend to be an institution, to us Porto Academy is a compliment to the school.