Among the guest speakers that held presentations at RIFF are the architects Giuseppe Farris, Ewa P. Porębska, Erika Katalina Pasztor, Gerard Reinmuth, Habibeh Madjdabadi, Dorin Stefan and Marian Moiceanu.
Arch. Giuseppe Farris, Guest Speaker RIFF and member of the Romanian Building Awards Jury, founder Studio Farris, Belgium
„I enjoyed very much being part of the jury, it was interesting to meet new people and to see a lot of projects from Romania. It was a good occasion to understand more about the local culture.”, said the Italian arch. Giuseppe Farris.
Architect Giuseppe Farris was part or the jury of Romanian Building Awards. He held a presentation at RIFF about the project “Park Tower”. The Park Tower was finished in February 2015 and is situated in Antwerp (Belgium) in a unique location within walking distance from the new MAS museum, the harbour district, the waterfront beside the river Scheldt and the historic city center. To make a connection with the city, the architects wanted to create a design that would bring residents outside to be part of the theatre of city life. Most high-rise buildings don’t show many human-scale elements in their façades, they have a rather introverted character, due to the necessity of protecting inhabitants from excessive sunlight and high wind. The architects developed a second skin to create a comfort zone which would encourage residents to go outside and use their terraces. The result is a playful, layered façade, with a fascinating dynamic of continuously changing people, activities, light and shadow.
With a total height of 78 meters, the Park Tower is now one of the highest buildings in Antwerp and acts as a gateway when entering the city.
Giuseppe Farris got his master in architecture at the Istituto Universitario di Architettura di Venezia (IUAV) in Venice, with professors like Aldo Rossi, Bernardo Secchi, and Manfredo Tafuri. In 2001 he moved to Belgium, where he collaborated with several different architectural offices. In the year 2008 he founded Studio Farris Architects in Antwerp.
Arch. Gerard Reinmuth, Guest Speaker at RIFF 2016 Bucharest, Director of TERROIR, Australia
Gerard Reinmuth is a Director of TERROIR and Professor in Practice at the University of Technology (UTS) Sydney where he is the Masters Course Coordinator. Gerard Reinmuth was a juror in the Romanian Building Awards. Furthermore, he held a motivational lecture attended by over 200 students at „Ion Mincu” University of Architecture and Urbanism Bucharest, speaking about the condition of the contemporary architect and how young aspiring talents can manage between the constraints of the profession and their personal goals and views on architecture today.
He also offered us a “tour de force” through the projects of his established practice, including their recent accomplishment in Malmo. „The United Nations affiliated World Maritime University (WMU) in Malmo, Sweden has been completed. In collaboration with Kim Utzon Arkitekter we won the project in 2011 after a 3-stage international competition. This collaboration continued throughout all stages of the project to completion.”, said arch. Gerard Reinmuth. The project won several awards: 2015 Malmo City Building Prize- Stadsbyggnadspris, 2015 Best Building in the Southern Swedish region in the National Swedish Architecture Award and was Shortlist in the category Higher Education and Research for Tornhuset at 2016 World Architecture Festival -WAF 2016.