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Rotterdam Edition 2023

November 02, 2023, 7:00 pm - 10:30 pm CET

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We are back in the Netherlands!! Since our last event in this country, we have been touring in Europe and Australia. We are happy to be back with the Dutch community and to collaborate for the first time with Nieuwe Instituut.

“Architects, not Architecture”, or “AnA”, gives guests the chance to get to know world-renowned architects on a more personal level as there is only one golden rule: speakers are not allowed to talk about their architectural projects. This has allowed audiences around the globe to enjoy unique personal content since the format was first introduced in 2015.

On Thursday, November 2, 2023 at Nieuwe Instituut in Rotterdam, we will bring together two Netherlands-based architects and a special guest from Los Angeles to the stage. The trio will talk about their personal experiences and the influences that impacted them as architects in the most important creative periods in their lives:

Thom Mayne, Morphosis, Los Angeles, www.morphosis.com

Nanne de Ru, Powerhouse Company, Rotterdam/Munich, www.powerhouse-company.com

Ola Hassanain, Architect and Researcher

This event is kindly supported by JUNG, LAUFEN, and Object Carpet.


If you experience any issues with the ticketing system, please send us an email to team@architectsnotarchitecture.com, and you can pay at the entrance on the day of the event.

Program live


“Doors open” & Get-Together with finger food

18:00 – 18:10



Speakers (20-minute talk & 10-minute interview)

20:10 – 20:30

Round table discussion & Q&A

20:30 – 21:30

Get-Together & Drinks

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The event venue

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Silent Green Kulturquartier is an event venue and independent project that has found a unique home in Berlin in the historic premises of the former crematorium in Wedding. The heart of silent green is the Kuppelhalle, with its 17 meter tall dome. The architectural layout, pyramid-shaped mansard roof, and the historical terrazzo floor of the hall make it a distinctive venue that instantly turns every event into an extraordinary experience.

About the Speakers

From a young age, Nanne de Ru has been interested in art and architecture. In 2005, he co-founded Powerhouse Company – an architectural firm with offices in Rotterdam, Munich, and Oslo. During the financial crisis in 2008, de Ru seized the opportunity to separate the development of major projects from the architectural firm and co-founded RED Company in 2015. The ambition is to organize the entire chain from development to construction of real estate according to his own vision. That is why he recently established RED Company together with Niels Jansen. Their vision focuses on a healthy mix of sustainability, serving a broad target group, and offering value for investors – without losing sight of high-quality architecture. 



Ola Hassanain leads a critical spatial practice as a visual artist with architecture training. Ola premises her work on the idea of “space as political discourse,” an expanded notion of space that aims to develop a spatial literacy, aiding us in imagining different political ecologies. Ola’s development of critical spatial practice is partly informed by her post-academic training, which includes an ongoing Rijksakademie residency, a BAK fellowship 2017-2018, teaching and development of the Blackerblackness Master course Sandberg Instituut 2021- 2023, and teaching at HKU University of the Arts Utrecht at the Fine Art Department. In 2019, she was also part of the Chicago Architecture Biennale and the Sharjah Architecture Triennale.


Thom Mayne is founding partner of Morphosis, a global architecture and planning firm established in 1972. Based in Los Angeles, New York, and Shanghai with projects world-wide, Morphosis’ work represents a wide variety of scales and typologies, from civic projects, schools, and museums to commercial towers and city planning. Mayne is also co-founder of the Southern California Institute of Architects (SCI-Arc), where he continues to lead the Now Institute, a graduate-level think tank for urban sustainability and resilience. Mayne’s distinguished honors include the Pritzker Prize (2005) and the American Institute of Architects Gold Medal (2013). From 2009-2016, Mayne served on President Obama’s Committee for the Arts and Humanities.



Nanne de Ru, Powerhouse Company, projects:
Paper Roof
Photography: Weiqi Jin
Çanakkale Antenna
Photography: Fernando Alda
Villa 1
Photography: Bas Princen
Bunker Tower
Photography: Col Hero
Floating Office Rotterdam
Photography: Mark Seelen
ASICS EMEA Headquarters
Photography: Sebastian van Damme
Photography: Sebastian van Damme
Loop of Wisdom
Photography: Jonathan Leijonhufvud
Jakoba Mulderhuis
Photography: Sebastian van Damme
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Thom Mayne, Morphosis, projects:
Bill and Melinda Gates Hall
Photography: Roland Halbe
Emerson College
Photography: Iwan Baan
The Cooper Union
Photography: Roland Halbe
Giant Interactive Group Corporate Headquarters
Photography: Iwan Baan
Perot Museum of Nature and Science
Photography: Aaron Dougherty
Taubman Complex
Photography: Nic Lehoux
Bloomberg Centre
Photography: Matthew Carbone
Kolon One & Only Tower
Photography: Jasmine Park
Casablanca Finance City Tower
Orange County Museum of Art
Photography: Mike Kelley
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Ola Hassanain, Artist & Architect, projects:
Al Nada Social Housing
Shu’fat Girls' School
Photography: Anna Sara
Concrete Tent
Photography: Anna Sara
The Tree School
VAN ABBEMUSEUM: Refugee Heritage
The Afterlives of Fascist-Colonial Architecture
The Living Room (AL-MADAFEH). The Yellow House.
Refugee Heritage. Architecture of Exile.
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