sophiaholst@gmail.com
NL 0031 (0)6 34 34 75 17
BE 0032 (0)4 88 04 94 73


Through research, exhibitions and applied architectural projects, I both practice and reflect on the field of architecture and urban planning. By manoeuvring into this field, I intend to reveal and question ideological standpoints behind urban developments and architectural forms. I focus on my own living environment, a Western European context, where city-politics tends to bend towards neo-liberal urban growth at the expense of socio-economic diversity and urban equality. How can urban development and architectural form be inclusive and sensitive to meaningful forms of life? As study and practice I create and test forms of daily life in all types of scales. Some of my projects have focused on: the value of public privacy and un-programmed public spaces, the privatisation of urban commons in Vilnius, the continual issues around radical social housing renovations and demolitions (both in Belgium and the Netherlands), and the potential of monumental residual spaces in Amsterdam.

Bio
Sophia Holst (1988) is a Dutch architect researcher, active within the architecture fields of Belgium and the Netherlands. She obtained a Master’s degree in Visual Arts at the Sandberg Instituut in Amsterdam and a Master in Architecture at the KU Leuven in Brussels. She collaborated with architecture offices like Studio Anne Holtrop (NL), Nu architectuuratelier (BE) and CRIT architects (BE). In 2021 she completed her residency at the Jan van Eyck Academy in Maastricht. Supported by Creative Industries Fund NL, she currently works on the foundations of an independent architecture and research practice, with projects such as: Cité de la Philanthropie/ Stad van Menslievendheid (BE), Geleefde Monumenten (NL, collaboration Andre Cramer) and Housing Pain, Healing Strategies (NL).


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Lecture: 'Housing Pain, Healing Strategies', Dutch Design Week
Eindhoven, 22/10 @ 15:00 - 15:30 hr

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Lecture: 'Forms of Public Privacy', Studio Stadswaag, Antwerp 29/09

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Exhibition at MAD Brussels, Across program, 16/06 - 03/09

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Teaching: Research & Critical Thinking, Master of Architecture, Tilburg 2023

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Lecture series trough Belgium, Across program, 2022/ 2023

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Panellist at: BK Talks 'Perspectives. Urbanisms of diversity', TU Delft 22/09

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Exhibition Tafelzetting #3: 'Publieke Denkbeelden' VAI, Antwerp. 26/08 - 23/10

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GRANT Creative Industries Fund NL Regeling Talentontwikkeling 2022/ 2023

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Honourable mention for the Prix de Rome Architecture 2022

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