The Brussels-based architectural firm Office Kersten Geers David Van Severen was set up in 2002 by Kersten Geers (*1975) and David Van Severen (*1978). After graduating from the University of Ghent and at the Esquela Tecnica Superior de Arquitectura in Madrid, Geers and Van Severen began their collaboration while working for various offices in Belgium and the Netherlands.
Office Kersten Geers David Van Severen gained international attention in 2005 with two competition-winning projects: ‘A Grammar for the City’, for a new administrative capital city in South-Korea, and ‘Border Garden’, a border-crossing between Mexico and the USA. In that period they finished their first realisations in Belgium. The entrance-hall for a notary’s office and ‘Summer House’, the renovation and extension of a house in Ghent were picked up by national and international media. In 2008 they represented Belgium on the 11th Architecture Biennale in Venice followed by their first solo-exhibition in deSingel art centre (Antwerp, BE) in 2009 including an exhibition catalogue recently re-published by Hatje Cantz.
Following an invitation by Herzog & DeMeuron and Ai Weiwei Office contributed at the Ordos 100 project in China together with 99 other promising architectural offices. In 2009 they also finished their largest realisation up to date, the gallery and office building for Kortrijk XPO. That they received the Belgian Architecture Award for the bridge at the Handelsbeurs in Ghent. In 2010 several built projects were delivered, among which a villa in Buggenhout, a commercial building in Tielt and an the ‘Chambre of Commerce’ office building in Kortrijk, subsequently nominated for the Mies Van Der Rohe-award. Office was also invited by Kazuyo Sejima (Sanaa) to participate at the 12th international architecture biennale in Venice. Their project ‘Garden Pavilion’ in collaboration with Dutch photographer Bas Princen was awarded with the Silver Lion for most promising young architects. In september 2012 the monographic 2G issue (2G #63) on their work was published.
While leading this growing architecture practice with 5 full time collaborators and a varying amount of interns, Geers and Van Severen have held several teaching positions at international Architecture schools, and are currently teaching at the Versialles school of architecture and the EPFL in Lausanne. Both give lectures on their work, and Geers regurarly publishes texts in international press, and is co-founder and editor of San Rocco Magazine.
All of my art has been premeditated: having a notion of the end and not the means to the end. The means to the end has always been secondary in my art. It’s the end product that I’m after.
— Ed Ruscha