PRESS RELEASE NAi: 6 december, 2006
Ole Bouman new director of the Netherlands Architecture Institute (NAI)
The Supervisory Board of the Netherlands Architecture Institute has appointed Ole Bouman (1960) as its new director. He will succeed Aaron Betsky, who recently left the NAI to join the Cincinnati Art Museum. Ole Bouman will take up his new position on April 1 2007.
Hans Andersson, chair of the Supervisory Board, is particularly delighted that Ole Bouman will become the new director of the NAI: “It is about a position at the heart of architectural culture in the Netherlands and abroad which requires someone with a comprehensive view of architecture and the background and energy to voice its best prospects. Bouman seems to be the right candidate to connect the NAI to the general public debate, to help defining new mandates for architecture, activating material heritage, exploring new exhibition concepts and expanding the international scope of the institute.”
Ole Bouman is at present editor-in-chief of the journal Volume, which is jointly produced by Stichting Archis, AMO (the research bureau of OMA/Rem Koolhaas) and the Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation of Columbia University. He is curator of a series of public events for the reconstruction of the public domain in cities plagued by violence such as Ramallah, Mexico City, Beirut and Prishtina. Ole Bouman is a lecturer at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge MA.
Ole Bouman is co-author of the encyclopaedia The Invisible in Architecture (1994) and the manifestos RealSpace in QuickTimes (1996) and De Strijd om Tijd (2003). He has curated exhibitions for the Milan Triennale, Manifesta 3, and Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen. His articles have been published in De Groene Amsterdammer, The Independent, Artforum, De Gids, Domus, Harvard Design Review, El Croquis, Arquitectura & Viva, Proiekt Russia and elsewhere. Ole Bouman regularly lectures at universities and cultural institutions with an international reputation.
Ole Bouman: “It is terrific to be allowed to direct the NAI, an institution that has developed in a relatively short time to become an international top institute for architecture. I consider it my task to ensure that architecture in general, and the NAI in particular, draw inspiration from the major spatial challenges of our time.”