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Jo Coenen

Jo Coenen architects & Urbanists

Jo Coenen’s collaborative approach is based on his view that buildings cannot
be isolated; they are inextricably linked to the surroundings and vice versa. His architecture can be seen as a composition rather than as an abstract system of rules. An architect for over thirty years, practicing internationally, Jo Coenen has simultaneously contributed to the built environment by the design of individual projects and master plans, as a professor and as the Chief Government Architect of The Netherlands.

Born in 1949 in Heerlen (NL), Jo Coenen studied Architecture at the Technical University of Eindhoven where he graduated in 1975. Between 1977 and 1978 he studied with Luigi Snozzi in Locarno, and with James Stirling in Düsseldorf. In 1979 he worked with Aldo van Eyck and Theo Bosch in Amsterdam and in that same year he set up his own office in Eindhoven, which he moved to Maastricht in 1990.

Coenen has filled various national and international professorships; as a Professor of Building Sciences at the Technical University of Karlsruhe in Germany, as a professor at the Technical University of Delft since 2001 and, at the same university, in the position of chairman of the Department of Restoration Metamorphoses, Interventions, Transformations (®MIT) which he founded in 2006.

Jo Coenen has won several architectural awards, such as the BNA-Kubus in 1995,the BNA ‘Best Building of the Year’ for his Vesteda Tower in Eindhoven in 2007, the Victor de Stuers Award for Mosae Forum in Maastricht in 2008, or the WAN Civic Building Awards for the Amsterdam Public Library in 2009. He was elected honorary member of the German Architects Association in 1995 and of the American Institute of Architects in 2009. In 2004 he received an Honorary Doctorate from the Open University of the Netherlands.

As Chief Government Architect, a ‘Minister of Architecture’, for the period from
2000 to 2004 he had a hand in all big transformations in the metropolitan areas of the country, working with architects throughout Europe with their contributions to his master plans. During that period, but also afterwards, he has been working on the role of the architect.

Concrete in Architecture  2014

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