The Bartlett School of Architecture


Nathalie de Vries – Bartlett International Lecture Series

26 February 2020, 6:30 pm–8:00 pm

 Project BALTYK, by MVRDV. Photography by Ossip van Duivenbode.

This event is free.

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The Bartlett School of Architecture


Christopher Ingold Auditorium
22 Gordon Street
United Kingdom

This event is free and open to all. No booking is required, but please arrive early to guarantee your place.

Works and Words

Lecturer's Abstract

Nathalie de Vries, co-founder and principal architect of interdisciplinary studio, MVRDV, discusses the meaning of language in the studio's design process, offering insight into how certain words inform new typologies in their work. She traces the studio’s journey from the early days to possible future approaches, presenting key projects that enriched their vocabulary and brought whole new meanings to existing typologies. 

Nathalie suggests that words are tools to define processes that implement MVRDV’s broader vision, in which quality of life and built effectiveness are at the core of spatial production.


Nathalie de Vries is co-founder and principal architect and urban designer of MVRDV, an interdisciplinary studio that works at the intersection of architecture and urbanism. She is also Professor of Architectural Design at Delft University of Technology. She is renowned for a diverse body of work in a variety of scales and typologies that are grounded in connecting individuals, communities and environments.

Over the past 25 years Nathalie has designed and realised a range international projects including Villa VPRO, Silodam Housing, the Spijkenisse Library and the award winning Baltyk office Tower in Poland. She has also designed three national monuments: the Stedelijk Museum in Schiedam, the award-winning Lloyd Hotel in Amsterdam and the Buitenplaats Koningsweg in Arnhem. 


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Image: Project BALTYK, by MVRDV. Photography by Ossip van Duivenbode.