Museum of Finnish Architecture
Press release August 10, 2018
Bas Smets, Founder and Principal of Bureau Bas Smets, Brussels, Belgium
Thursday September 13, 2018 at 1 pm–4 pm
G18, Yrjönkatu 18, Helsinki
The annual honorary lecture celebrates Eero Saarinen’s legacy as a forward looking ambitious innovator by inviting young practicing architects with international recognition to speak about their work, career and influences. This year’s selected lecturer is Belgian Bas Smets, the founder and principal of Bureau Bas Smets.
“I will speak about the necessity to define the ambition and role of landscape architecture in a world that is rapidly losing its natural spaces. I will also speak about the invention of landscape as a painting in the 15th century, and how landscape projects are a continuation of this invention,” Smets explains and adds: “One more important topic is the possibility to conceive and produce landscape projects today in different countries and contexts.”
In 2008 he was awarded the biennial French prize for young landscape architects ‘Les Nouveaux Albums des Jeunes Architectes et des Paysagistes’. In 2013-2014 a first monographic exhibition of his projects was co-produced by the International Arts Campus deSingel in Antwerp and the Arc en Rêve centre for architecture in Bordeaux, and in 2016 he curated the exhibition ‘The Invention of Landscape’ at the Bozar in Brussels. He was appointed General Commissioner for the Biennial of Architecture of Bordeaux in 2017.
Bureau Bas Smets is a Belgian Architecture firm founded in Brussels in 2007 by Bas Smets. Bas Smets (b. 1975) received a Master’s degree in Architecture and Civil Engineering from the University of Leuven and a postgraduate qualification in Landscape Architecture from the University of Geneva.
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The Eero Saarinen Honorary Lecture is a part of the HDW Architecture Day during Helsinki Design Week 2018. The seminar is open to all but requires pre-registration here. The lecture will be held in English.
For further information:
Arja-Liisa Kaasinen
Head of Collaboration & Engagement
Museum of Finnish Architecture
tel. +358 50 394 8618