For Archi-Tectonics, the architect plays an essential role in contemporary society. According to Winka Dubbeldam, “thanks to the very strong link that has developed between information technology and the built environment, architects have become the translators of this information.” However, the built environment is only one of the ways of constructing a “global information matrix” as virtual as it is real. From this universalist perspective, Winka Dubbeldam advocates the utilization of digital technologies enriched with a cross-disciplinary approach. The utilization of 3-D software helps to create spaces that are recordings of “force fields,” of “intelligent systems,” and of “programmed mappings” – terms borrowed from the worlds of physics, biology and geography.
A graduate of the Academy of Architecture in Rotterdam in 1990, Winka Dubbeldam (1960) completed her studies at Columbia University in New York in 1992. She worked with Steven Holl in 1990, Bernard Tschumi architects in 1991 and Peter Eisenman from 1992 to 1994. Then she founded her own firm, Archi-Tectonics, in 1994 in Manhattan. She has built numerous projects in New York, both commercial (Greenwich Building, 2004) and cultural (the Bitforms gallery in Chelsea and an installation for the MoMa in 2001). She is a professor at Columbia University, in particular in the framework of the Paperless Design Studios, at the University of Pennsylvania and also at Harvard University (Boston), and aims to contribute to advancing the methods and concepts of the architect. The work of Winka Dubbeldam has been exhibited around the globe, notably at the 2002 and 2004 Venice Biennales, at the MoMA in New York in 2007, and at the Tel Aviv Museum of Modern Art in 2008.