RAAAF [Rietveld Architecture-Art-Affordances]


RAAAF operates at the crossroads of visual art, architecture and philosophy. The experimental studio started in 2006. RAAAF makes location- and context specific work, which derives from the respective backgrounds of the founding partners: Prix de Rome laureate Ronald Rietveld and philosopher Erik Rietveld. Through a unique working method based on multidisciplinary research with scientists and craftsmen, RAAAF’s real-life thinking models link local qualities with the past, present and future.


Our interventions are the result of an independent attitude and research agenda, starting from our own fascinations while confronting them with urgent societal issues. To use the words of Lebbeus Woods, what interests us is "what the world would be like if we were free from conventional limits and show what could happen if we lived by a different set of rules." Showing these visions is the aim of each project.


A striking example of this is the cut-through monument ‘Bunker 599’, which unorthodoxly questions the Dutch and UNESCO policies on cultural heritage. Another example is the installation ‘Vacant NL’, the Dutch contribution to the Venice Architecture Biennale 2010, in which the potential of 10.000 governmentally-owned vacant buildings was shown. ‘The End of Sitting’ installation is a thinking model that questions our ‘sitting society’.


RAAAF’s work has been published worldwide and exhibited at leading art- and architecture biennales such as those of São Paulo, Istanbul, Chicago and Venice. Ronald and Erik Rietveld have given over 400 lectures at art academies, universities, knowledge institutes and professional symposia. The studio has won several prestigious awards, including the Prix de Rome 2006, the Architectural Review Award 2013, the European Prize of Architecture 2017 (Philippe Rotthier), a VIDI-award of the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO) and a ERC-Starting Grant. In 2013 RAAAF earned the title of New Radical and Dutch Architect of the Year. The various juries emphasize the ability of the studio to cross and stretch the disciplinary borders of visual art, architecture and philosophy.


In 2016 Ronald & Erik Rietveld have been invited to become members of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts (KNAW).




Read more:

- What others have said about our work >>>>

- On affordances >>>

Portfolio RAAAF [pdf]
Curriculum vitae Ronald Rietveld [pdf]

Curriculum vitae Erik Rietveld