Pragmatic Profession


The Dutchman John Bosch (1960) qualified from Delft Polytechnic, and the Englishman Gordon Haslett studied at Liverpool and Oregon Universities. After working for several different architects, they coincided in the New York office of Richard Meier. They formed a partnership in 1989 and moved to Amsterdam, where their first work was the remodelling of a chemist´s. Like many young professionals looking to break into the field, they participated in Europan. Their project in Pyrgos, Greece (1993) was awarded a prize in the third competition. In 1997, their work was included in ‘9 + 1’ an exhibition organized by the Netherlands Architecture Institute, whose aim was to give exposure to young architecture from Holland (see Arquitectura Viva 54). Like other Dutch architects of their generation, John Bosch and Gordon Haslett share an analytical and pragmatic approach: “our projects are related to each other by what they do, not how they look.” Up until now, their work has been dominated by residential commissions – for example the 28 flexible duplexes they built in Amsterdam (see AV 67) – but in three of their latest projects they leave housing to tackle more diverse programmes...[+]

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