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Mark Hemel and Barbara Kuit Information Based Architecture

Information Based Architecture is an architecture studio founded by Mark Hemel and Barbara Kuit. Mark & Barbara are both dutch and have worked together for more than 15 years. They started their practise IBA in London, UK. But since 2003 they are now based in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. Their work ranges from the very small scale to the very large; so have they designed furniture, houses, a villa, hotels, student housing , but also the world's tallest TV tower; the 610 meter tall Guangzhou TV tower in China.

Barbara Kuit graduated from the Technical University Delft, The Netherlands. She worked as a local architect in cooperation with Philippe Starck in London on the Sanderson and St Martins Lane Hotels. Subsequently she worked at the office of Zaha Hadid in London, on the Mind zone in the Millennium Dome in London-Greenwich; on the Contemporary Arts Centre in Rome; the Wolfsburg Science Centre in Germany; and on many other competitions and projects. In 1998 she founded Information Based Architecture together with Mark.

Mark Hemel studied at the Technical University of Delft and Architectural Association in London. He received several scholarships for research in Africa and Asia from the Netherlands Foundation for Visual Arts, Design and Architecture.

From 1999 to 2008 he taught as Unit-master at the Architectural Association in London since 1999 and later in the post-graduate Environment and Energy program. In 2003 he received the RIBA Bronze Medal Tutor Award. In 1998 he and Barbara founded Information Based Architecture. Those first years IBA was based in London, but since 2003 they operate from Amsterdam, The Netherlands.

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