How We Work: In Practice – Marie Jose van Hee
Venue: Thomas Davis Theatre, Arts Block, Trinity College Dublin
Throughout her career Marie-José Van Hee has devoted a particular attention to space, natural materials and light and has made use of classical elements such as the window, door, fireplace, staircase and gallery to anchor the house, the public building and even the city.
Born in Ghent, Belgium, 1950, she studied architecture at the Higher Institute of Architecture Sint-Lucas in Ghent and formed her own architecture studio in 1975. Since 1990 her office has worked closely together a numerous projects with Robbrecht & Daem architecten with whom she shares a studio in Lieremanstraat in Ghent. Currently, she employs 8-10 collaborators who are working on projects for public buildings, private houses and urban development.
She has lectured at universities in Belgium, The Netherlands and Switzerland and participated in the 13th Biennale di Venezia. She has been nominated for the Mies Van der Rohe Award in 1999 and 2013 among many awards and nominations.
Marie presented projects including a public space in Deinze, the Market hall in Ghent, and her own house in Ghent, all Belgium, as well as describing how her practice operates and the strong working relationships essential to their production of architecture.