Alex de Rijke
Alex de Rijke studied at the Royal College of Art and as a student worked in London and Amsterdam before establishing dRMM (de Rijke Marsh Morgan Architects) with Philip Marsh and Sadie Morgan in 1995. Within ten years dRMM had grown into a cohort of talented graduates with an impressive series of innovative projects. Now dRMM are thriving a practice of 35 collaborators, awarded ‘Architect of the Year 2013-14’, with a variety of projects in the UK and around the world. dRMM’s architecture is characterized by social relevance, conceptual clarity and inventive use of new materials. Their built projects have been the subject of much critical acclaim, and the practice has received many design awards.
Alex combines dRMM leadership with ongoing research into materials, methods of construction and sustainable technologies; dRMM are well-known pioneers in laminated timber design and construction techniques. Professor de Rijke’s appointment in 2012 as Dean of the School of Architecture at the Royal College of Art is being explored as an opportunity for inventive students to conduct research and critical speculative design work that not only pushes possibilities for the ‘culture of construction’, but equips those students to be creative leaders in the increasingly wide field of realising architecture. Alex’s interests include: engineered timber structures, architecture in relation to art, digital and analogue design methods, prefabricated and mobile architecture. He has presented the practice’s work globally, and is dRMM’s in-house architectural photographer, documenting all their projects for publications and exhibitions including the Venice Biennale 2008 & 2012 and Milan Salone di Mobile 2014. As complementary antidotes to architecture Alex likes to travel, make furniture, and occasionally race motorcycles.