Designing a Sustainable Future Frans van Vuure & Dana BehrmanUN Studio/ UN Sense (United Studio Network)
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Frans van Vuure Frans van Vuure received his Master of Architecture from the Architecture Academy in Amsterdam in 2000. He joined UNStudio in 2008, bringing a wealth of experience translating design concepts into technical and feasible construction processes. Apart from his knowledge of complex geometries, interiors and detailing, he is an equipped communicator of what the intrinsic quality of an architectural design means. Since Frans joined the studio, he has coordinated a variety of projects, of which the design management process has required special attention as the qualitative aspects of these projects had to be established very early in the design phase. He worked as Senior Architect on the successful project PPP/DBFMO, the head office for the Education Executive Agency in Groningen, in addition to the Kutaisi International Airport, a fast-paced project in which planes were landing just nine months after construction began, and which is currently being extended on design by UNStudio. Frans is responsible for projects in the U.S., North Italy, U.K., Georgia, Russia and some of UNStudio’s vital Middle East projects like wasl Tower, The Island MGM resort and the new Dubai Financial Center; all projects that are currently in construction.
Dana Behrman Dana Behrman is a Senior Urban Designer, Associate at UNStudio and leads the Urban Unit. She also teaches a Harvard’s GSD design studio alongside Ben van Berkel. Dana received an MA with distinction from the Centre for Research Architecture at Goldsmiths College, University of London in 2010. She also graduated from the Architectural Association, School of Architecture in London with a BA and from the School of Visual Arts in New York with a BFA. Dana has been practicing as an urban designer and architect for the past eleven years in several award-winning international offices. She joined UNStudio’s Amsterdam studio in 2014 to lead the newly formed Urban Unit. She specialises in urban spatial analysis. Her role includes consulting design teams on development of urban responses, site context analysis and urban visioning, as well as lead designer in international master plans assignments. Her current projects include an innovative urban district in South Netherlands, consultation to a Rotterdam-based Social Housing Corporation, and lead urban designer of a cultural and tech-based master plans in Berlin and Handan, China. Dana is also an urban strategist at UNSense, UNStudio’s start-up, focusing on the link between technology and the built environment.