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Istanbul RIBA + VitrA Talk: UNStudio

Join us for a lecture in Istanbul in Turkey by the founder of UNStudio, Ben van Berkel, who will talk about some of the practice’s recently built works, future projects and new research.

UNStudio was founded by Ben van Berkel and Caroline Bos in 1988 and has grown into an international architectural design network with offices in Amsterdam, Shanghai, Hong Kong and Frankfurt. The Dutch architectural design studio specialises in a broad spectrum of industries spanning architecture, product design, urban development and infrastructure.

Key recent projects by the office include Raffles City, a multi-award winning mixed-use scheme in Hangzhou, China and Canaletto, a residential tower in London. Current projects include the design for Doha's Integrated Metro Network in Qatar, ‘Four’ a large-scale mixed-use project in Frankfurt and the Wasl Tower in Dubai.

Much of the work of the practice is led by a belief in future-proofing the design process by anticipating trends in practice and technology. In order to do this UNStudio has two research arms dedicated to expanding their understanding of every facet of the built to contribute to their mission of producing user-centric designs that are adaptive, resilient and future-proof. Alongside these two units, Ben van Berkel founded UNSense in 2018, an Arch Tech company that designs and integrates human-centric tech solutions for the built environment.

Ben van Berkel has also lectured and taught at many architectural schools around the world. Currently he holds the Kenzo Tange Visiting Professor's Chair at Harvard University Graduate School of Design, where he has led a studio on health and architecture. In 2017, Ben gave a TEDx presentation on health and architecture, and in 2016 also gave the opening keynote at the World Architecture Festival in Berlin.

This event took place in Istanbul at the UNIQ Hall.

You can watch the talk through the video below.

The RIBA + VitrA partnership reflects a shared commitment to add social, economic and cultural value to society, and VitrA Bathrooms are proud to be supporting such an inspiring programme.

With innovation at its core, a global reach and a tradition of collaborating with celebrated architects and designers, the VitrA bathroom brand has become a world leader, synonymous with contemporary sophistication since the mid-1900s.

The RIBA + VitrA Talks Series is sponsored by VitrA Bathrooms.