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Spatial Design

Always Aim High

Dave van Toor
Thu 20 Sep
Function Designer
Year 2017
Major Spatial Design
Practice Autonomous Practices

What is your occupation now?

At the moment I am following a Master in Architecture programme. Besides this I have worked as a designer at some large scale architecture firms like MVRDV. And in the near future I will start working at Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG) in Copenhagen.

 

Amstel 3: view exterior entrance from Waterlooplein Marketsquare

Always aim high… never choose the safe side and the most important thing… enjoy it!

What expertise did you gain at WdKA?

Even though it might sound cheesy, but I am truly convinced that the power of education process at an academy like the WdKA is not in gaining skills but more about gaining an experience that will help to shape and develop yourself as a professional and human. It is a place full of interesting people where you can fool around and experience total freedom. Of course, you only realise this after you graduate.

 

Amstel 3: view exterior covered plaza underneath the building

What is the future of your profession in your opinion?

Architecture is probably one of oldest professions that exist. This is one of the reasons why there will always be tension between tradition and innovation. That, in combination with huge egos and the urge to always create something original or innovative, slows our profession down intensely. Personally I believe that our field have never really changed much but I don’t think that this is necessarily a bad thing. At the end of the day, our job is to design a building the user loves.

Amstel 3: view exterior roofscape on top of the building

You never leave your house without…?

I know, it is the worse answer one could give to this question but it is my smartphone… the main reason for this is that I forget way too much. I use smartphone to make photos of everyone and everything around me.

Any words of advice to future students?

Make those four years in art school the best time of your life. Always aim high… never choose the safe side and the most important thing… enjoy it!

 

Amstel 3: view interior auditorium
Amstel 3: view interior grand foyer

Name your favorite recent project.

That is a really tough question - every project is different. I always try to renew my design strategy and experiment during the process. This way I learn every time something new and what works best for me.
Normally, most designers would mention the last project they have worked on when asked this question. But in my case, I would say I have enjoyed it the most while working on my graduation project. Mainly because I had a whole half a year to work on it and could document almost every step from the first sketch till the final render. It’s a hell of a job to keep track of your process this way but it is also a good thing to be able to track almost every design decision back.

Architectural Graduation Project - Amstel 3

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