Florian Idenburg

Co-founder, SO-IL

Rendering of Artpark showing layout of built structures and green space across the park which abuts the NIagara River in Lewiston, NY.

Rendering of SO-IL's design concept for Artpark in Lewison, N.Y.

Florian Idenburg is a Dutch architect who established SO-IL with Jing Liu in 2008. Their award-winning practice is based in New York City and leading projects in Asia, Mexico and North America. In Western New York, SO-IL is creating a master plan for ArtPark with urban designers and landscape architects West 8, and theater and digital design consultants Charcoalblue. SO-IL's design for the Frieze Art Fair in New York City was completed in 2012.

Wednesday, October 23, 2019
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Biography

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Florian Idenburg is an internationally renowned architect with over two decades of professional experience. After learning the ropes in Amsterdam and Tokyo, he founded SO–IL in New York in 2008 together with Jing Liu. His years of working in cross-cultural settings make Florian a thoughtful and collaborative partner. With a joyous demeanor he pursues innovation through working together. He has a particularly strong background in institutional spaces, leading the office on projects as Kukje Gallery and the Manetti Shrem Museum of Art at UC Davis as well as Amant Arts Campus in Brooklyn. His strength lies in generating imaginative ideas and transforming those into real-world spaces and objects. Idenburg has a strong intuition for the orchestration of form, material and light, and enjoys developing projects to a level where those elements become places for people to experience and enjoy. He combines a hands-on approach with a theoretical drive, sharing this creative spirit with clients, collaborators, and students.

A frequent speaker at institutions around the world, he has taught at Harvard, MIT, Columbia and Princeton University. His current research investigates the future of the work space, and is developing a forthcoming publication on this topic, Human(s) Work (Taschen, 2020). In 2010, Idenburg received the Charlotte Köhler Prize of the Prince Bernhard Culture Fund. He is a registered architect in the Netherlands and an International Associate of the American Institute of Architects.

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