Renske Maria is architect and researcher. She operates at the crossroad between the academic and the professional art and design world. In 2014 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. Her commissioned work ranges between anthropological and sensuous fieldwork and performative – participatory interventions. Working transversally, in between disciplines and shifting modes of action, is her nature. In affiliation with (educational)institutes and NGO’s she enjoys to collaborate with the environment itself.
Renske Maria currently works on her PhD research within the Radical Materiality Research Group at KU Leuven in Brussels (BE) and is lecturer at the ArtScience interfaculty at the Royal Academy of Arts and Royal Conservatoire in the Hague (NL). Using artistically and designerly methods she studies the crucial bodily dimension that gives way to the emergence of (alternative) value through social-environmental interaction . Starting from comparative explorations between eastern and western social-environmental disciplines such as philosophy, art and architecture, anthropology and (neuro)ecology her work is also inspired by more general body-work, physical education and rehabilitation methods. Her amateur background as performer and zookeeper, as well as her daily movement practice and intuition training, influence her work on many levels.
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.