Florian Idenburg is an internationally renowned architect with two decades of professional experience. He founded SO–IL in 2008 together with Jing Liu. Idenburg’s practice is collaborative; he believes that innovation is only possible through working together. He has a particularly strong background in cultural spaces, overseeing projects from a temporary installation in MoMA PS1’s courtyard, called Pole Dance, to the recently completed Manetti Shrem Museum of Art at UC Davis. He combines a pragmatic approach with a theoretical drive, sharing this creative spirit with clients, collaborators, and students. A frequent speaker at institutions around the world, he is Associate Professor of Practice at Harvard University and has previously taught at MIT, Columbia and Princeton University. His current research investigates the future of workspaces, and he is developing a forthcoming publication on this topic.
Porto Academy is the result of an enormous passion for architecture as a discipline. We admire the figures that dream about it, who build, study and promote it. We believe that practice - as an exercise of the architect’s profession - is central to the future of the discipline, and therefore one of the reasons why we’ve founded Porto Academy. For a week period, one lives the passion for the discipline of architecture and enjoys intellectual freedom.