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UCLA AUD Winter 2024 Events: Florian Idenburg, "In Depth: past and current SO – IL projects"

January 10, 2024, 5:30 pm, Perloff Hall Decafe

Florian Idenburg is an internationally renowned architect with over two decades of professional experience. After learning the ropes in Amsterdam and Tokyo, he founded SO – IL in New York together with Jing Liu in 2008.

His years of working in cross-cultural settings make Florian a thoughtful and collaborative partner. With a joyous demeanor, he pursues innovation through working together. He has a particularly strong background in institutional spaces, leading the office on projects such as Kukje Gallery and the Manetti Shrem Museum of Art at UC Davis as well as Amant in Brooklyn. His strength lies in generating imaginative ideas and transforming those into real-world spaces and objects.

Idenburg has a strong intuition for the orchestration of form, material, and light, and enjoys developing projects to a level where those elements become places for people to experience and use. He combines a hands-on approach with a theoretical drive, sharing this creative spirit with clients, collaborators, and students.

Recently, Taschen published six years of Florian's research on workspaces in The Office of Good Intentions: Human(s) Work. A frequent speaker at institutions around the world, he has taught at Harvard, MIT, Columbia, and Princeton University and is currently Professor of the Practice at Cornell University. Among other honors, Idenburg has received an American Academy of Arts and Letters Award in Architecture (2022), a United States Artist Fellowship Award (2021), and the Charlotte Köhler Award of the Prince Bernhard Culture Fund (2010). He is a registered architect in the Netherlands and an International Associate of the American Institute of Architects.

SO – IL's 450 Warren project; photo by Iwan Baan
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