Ronald Rietveld

Initials R.
Main position Architect
Member of Society of Arts
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What ‘affordances’ does the environment offer us? It is a question that fascinates philosopher Erik and his architect brother Ronald Rietveld. United in their multidisciplinary and experimental studio, RAAAF (Rietveld Architecture-Art-Affordances), they work at the crossroads of architecture, philosophy and art. Their work consists of radical – they call them ‘strategic’ – interventions that set off a series of changes. ‘[E]very project is a manifesto in itself,’ according RAAAF.

Striking projects include the installation Vacant NL (the Dutch contribution to the 2010 Venice Architecture Biennale), which called on the Dutch Government to make creative use of 10,000 vacant public and government buildings. The End of Sitting, a spatial installation challenging people to alter their posture regularly at work, was RAAAF’s response to a society designed almost entirely for sitting, even though research shows that a sedentary lifestyle is unhealthy. In 2013, RAAAF was chosen ‘Dutch Architect of the Year’.

Rietveld and Rietveld are experienced teachers (from fine arts academies to Harvard and UC Berkeley research institutes) and have won many prestigious Dutch and international awards (including the Prix de Rome for Architecture and a VIDI Award from the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research). They also publish regularly in international journals and are very active in the world of architecture.