Joeri Sowka
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Joeri Sowka, MSc

 

I was born in 1989 in Muscat, Oman and after living in several places in Belgium and the Netherlands I finally ended up in Eindhoven where I started studying architecture at the Eindhoven University of Technology in 2008. After receiving my BSc degree I continued with my Masters in 2013. In this same year I moved to Taipei for half a year to study at the National Taiwan University of Science and Technology. In 2015 I graduated in Eindhoven and received my MSc degree.

 

I am interested in many aspects of architecture and design. Below, I would like to elaborate on three themes that have played an important role during my study:

 

Local Identity, Survey and the Art of Making.

Local Identity The concept of ‘local identity’ has played a significant role during my study period. I have always tried to gain understanding of a specific place before designing. My study period in Taiwan has taught me a lot about identity. Doing research and design in a completely different environment forced me to leave all preconceptions behind and open up to as many new impulses as possible. For me, designing means understanding local traditions and values and reacting responsibly to them.
Survey For me, research is an essential part of design. By understanding context and users, one can make better architecture. As part of my graduation I collaborated with other students in the production of an atlas that served as a foundation for an architectural project. By mapping all the possible aspects of a place and looking outside the usual architectonic borders, we gained great insight that led to interesting designs.
the Art of Making I’ve always loved ‘making’ things and I try to implement this in my projects as much as possible. I like to experiment with different models on different scales to understand the behavior and ‘feeling’ of various materials. Before designing something in, for example concrete, I like to pour concrete myself and ‘understand’ the material before implementing it in my design.
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