I am a doctoral researcher within the research environment called Relational Architecture at the Umeå school of Architecture: with a focus specifically on the sub-theme Aesthetics as a Form of Politics. The research – The possibility of Emancipating Architecture – Categories of Estrangement – seeks to identify a micro-politics of change that reinvent the idea of publicness and privacy through an estranging and spatial aesthetic that provide ground for enactments of new forms of emancipation. My main research question is: how can architecture as unique spatial and aesthetic knowledge, while engaging the paradoxical and complex realities of the everyday, play a transformative role, act emancipatory through different techniques of estrangement, its autonomy (independence) presence and representation?
After graduating in 2004 (MA architecture) at the Technical University of Delft, I worked as project architect for seven years at an office in the Netherlands. In 2008 I started my own freelance practice; developing a practice where research, teaching and the practice of architecture form an integrated whole. I also worked two years (2008-2009) for the state architect of the Netherlands setting up educational programs, doing research and curating work. I was in charge, as chief editor, of a publication that documented the professional education of young architects. In 2010 I moved to Umeå, where I was involved in developing and teaching the second year bachelors program at UMA for one year. Since Oct. 2011 I am a PhD researcher at UMA, and also still work as an independent architect and photographer.