Floris Alkemade, Chief Government Architect
Floris Alkemade has been the Chief Government Architect since 1 September 2015 and as such chairman of the Board of Government Advisors. The Chief Government Architect advises the Minister of the Interior and the DG of the Central Government Real Estate Agency. He monitors and stimulates the architectonic and the urban development quality of state projects. Disposal and redevelopment of state real estate are also important areas of attention of the Chief Government Architect.
Moreover, the Chief Government Architect advises the State upon request and at his own initiative on matters of architectonic quality and the significant spatial themes. He also plays an important role in inspiring the discourse about the discipline. Floris Alkemade combines his job as Chief Government Architect with his work for his architectural firm FAA and his lectureship at the Academy of Architecture in Amsterdam. Floris Alkemade is also curator of the next two editions of the International Architecture Biennale Rotterdam (IABR), in 2018 and 2020.
Since he graduated under Rem Koolhaas at the Delft TU, Floris Alkemade has been associated with the OMA firm for 18 years, including the past 7 years as a partner. He has been working on large projects and studies all over the world, at the scale level of architecture as well as that of urban development. Well known are Euralille, a large area development round the new TGV station in Lille, and in the Netherlands in the new Almere City Centre.
At FAA, Floris Alkemade is working on redevelopment of the 600 metre long Macdonald warehouse dock in Paris.
Floris Alkemade points out the great importance of redevelopment. ‘We tend to write off buildings that lose their present function as unusable too soon, certainly if we happen to not find them beautiful. But if you are not afraid to work with different assumptions, and radically interfere if necessary, you can reprogramme a surprising amount of buildings extremely well and also add new qualities to them. Our historic inner cities were given their value because people worked on them for centuries; we should find such an approach a lot more matter-of-course for buildings as well.’