Research group Architecture & Circular Thinking
Peter van Assche has been appointed by the Amsterdam University of the Arts as professor in Architecture & Circular Thinking at the Academy of Architecture. Within this research group he will, together with research fellow Gerjan Streng, investigate the architectural possibilities of a new material paradigm in a broad sense. It focuses in word, image and construction on a new architectural repertoire for a circular economy. Various educational activities will also take place within the framework of the research group, including guest lectures, workshops and excursions.
Peter van Assche
After a career in science and experimental mathematics, Peter van Assche transitioned into architecture and is now the founding principal of bureau SLA, an Amsterdam-based firm focused on the transition to a circular economy through design. As an office, bureau SLA consists of a team of architects and builders, supported by architectural historians, landscape architects, and energy experts. The studio does not wait for commissions to be given, but builds and develops in the city in an innovative way — from their own initiatives and with their own manpower. With this trial and error mentality, Peter van Assche discovers the full potential of material use, energy, waste flows, smart living and working, and development processes. Peter is chairman of the building aesthetics and monuments committee in Utrecht (Commissie Welstand en Monumentenzorg) and supervisor architecture for the Utrecht Beurskwartier area.