As art/chitect Renske Maria operates at the crossroad between the academic and the professional world. Her experimental design practice emerged from a fascination with movement. Using artistically and designerly methods her work emerges from the research and design field that studies the architectural body. The architectural body, a term introduced by Shusaku Arakwa and Madeleine Gins, is understood as the crucial bodily dimension that gives way to the emergence of (alternative)meaning and values through social-environmental interaction. Starting from comparative explorations between eastern and western disciplines such as philosophy, art, architecture, environmental ecology, neuroscience but also body-work, physical education an clinical rehabilitation Renske Maria’s work inspires to move and think differently. Working transversally – in between disciplines and shifting modes of action – is Renske Maria’s nature. In affiliation with (educational)institutes and NGO’s she enjoys to collaborates with the environment itself. Her amateur background as performer and zookeeper and daily movement practice influence her work on many levels.
Renske Maria was selected as promising young Dutch architect by the jury of the ‘The future of Craftsmanship in architecture’ symposium at the Venice biennale in 2014. As part of her PhD research she currently develops a movement based approach towards architecture within the Radical Materiality Research Group at KU Leuven in Brussels (BE). Her commissioned work ranges between anthropological and sensuous fieldwork, performative and participatory interventions and critical encounters in the form of teaching, seminars and/or exhibitions. She is lecturer ArtScience at the Royal Academy of Arts and Royal Conservatoire interfaculty in the Hague (NL).
Renske Maria initially started her studies in fine art and philosophy, but finished BSc and MSc in architecture at the Technical University of Delft (NL). She worked for architectuurstudio Herman Hertzberger, Amsterdam (NL), Atelier Li Xiaodong, Beijing (CHN) and Gaaga Architecture (NL). From 2009 to 2011 Renske Maria was part of Vision included; a co-initiated, pro-active design practice and discussion platform. From 2013 to 2017 she was part of ALPEH, co-founded, cross-academic laboratory for the exploration of progressive heuristics with its emphasis on philosophy as creative practice in its own right.