Anne Feenstra

T.U. Delft 1993 Master of Architecture Anne Feenstra, worked for over a decade in Europe and London, while travelling the world whenever he could. His passion for design and build-ability combined with his determination to make architecture, resulted in the realization of twenty-one projects including a hotel, a bicycle park, a pharmaceutical factory, an internet café, a pop music hall, two pedestrian bridges and several office buildings. He was promoted within the London firm and became an Associate, but he felt that his role as an architect could be more meaningful and more environmentally responsible.

Anne started to curve out his own course in 2004 and never looked back. His wander lust took him to teach pro-bono at the Kabul University for four-an-a-half years. Together with his Afghan colleagues the 30-year old curriculum got up-dated. The students had started under the Taliban regime and the country was in a dire need of reconstruction. His Kabul office worked on the designs and buildings for the first National Parks of the country, the National Museum, five UNICEF Maternity Waiting Homes. He set up a second office in the North of Afghanistan in 2008.

In 2009, Anne was invited to guide Thesis students at the prestigious School of Planning and Architecture in Delhi, India. He taught for two years and he set up a Delhi team. Highly innovative urban processes, like DELHi2050 and Mussoorie2040 and challenging rural projects in Sikkim, Uttarakhand, Ladakh and Punjab lead to the Delhi team receiving awards and presences at international conferences and exhibitions. Personal recognition followed in Paris. His inclusive and sustainable architecture in Afghanistan and India made Professor Anne Feenstra a recipient of the Global Award for Sustainable Architecture 2012.

In the same year, due to deteriorating security, Anne shifted his base from Kabul to Kathmandu. He started to prepare an exhibition called Sustainable Mountain Architecture. The idea was to show-case best practice examples in Nepal, underlining that there are alternatives to the main stream linear development model that is being followed in most places in South Asia. The exhibition highlighted work of different architects, engineers and ngo-s and get your hands dirty workshops were held. The overwhelming success made the name live on as a permanent SMA team was established in Nepal.

As the Dean of the Faculty of Architecture, CEPT University in Ahmedabad from 2015-2017, Anne dramatically improved the teaching standards, academic rigor and international exchange programs. He spearheaded the Archiprix International 2017 edition at CEPT, setting a new record with 385 Universities from all the continents.

Professor Anne Feenstra’s designs and methodologies are published widely in articles, books and websites. He divides his time in South Asia between practicing and teaching and once in a while he is back in Europe for a jury, an advisory role or to talk about Slow Architecture.