Partner, Architect, Director Studio Public, MVRDV
Coming from a family of designers, Moerel’s professional presence extends beyond practice to include teaching or serving as a guest critic for academies, and universities worldwide. Moerel herself has a master’s degree in architecture from the Academy of Architecture Rotterdam, and a BA in interior architecture from the Willem de Kooning Academy. She has taught at Harvard and Cambridge alongside MVRDV Founding Partner, Nathalie de Vries, at the Silpakorn University in Bangkok, Thailand, and is currently tutoring at The Hague Royal Academy of Arts. Moerel is also is an external critic at the Academy of Architecture Rotterdam. Fokke Moerel is strongly attached to the office’s mission to not exclude anyone or anything. To create human-scale spaces where people feel welcome, comfortable, and challenged to interact and gather. She is committed to gender equality in the MVRDV Rotterdam office and thinks this brings a wide diversity of challenges, which can lead to unconventional and innovative possibilities. Considering all this, we believe Fokke Moerel to be the outspoken candidate to win the Contribution to Architecture Award at the WAN Female Frontier Awards.