Lars van Vianen

Dream • Discover • Design

Biography

Lars van Vianen is a meta-designer and founding director of Scape Agency. Proceeding from a background in interactive art, experience design and parametric architecture, Lars explores the convergence of synthetic biology, materials science, artificial intelligence and robotic construction. Believing the principle of design is the decodation of dreams into the parametrization and instrumentalization of reality, he exerts computation to concurrently operate across scales and mediate between natural and artificial actors. Lars holds a bachelor diploma in building technology, later studied architecture at Hyperbody and curated INDESEM (International Design Seminar) at the Delft University of Technology. He has prior professional experience as designer, software developer, technical producer and innovation manager at several established art, architecture and construction practices.

Lars van Vianen launched Scape Agency in 2020. Scape Agency is a spatial innovation collective that dreams, discovers and designs the everyday of tomorrow. Its mission is to naturalise the artificial in liveable and sustainable –scapes that spark the imagination and inspire future generations. Scape Agency operates in unison through a meta-disciplinary network of artists, designers, engineers and scientists, and blends creative thinking and emerging technologies in spatial interventions that create a brighter perspective for people and planet. Currently, specific product and process developments include bioreceptive surfaces, phytoremediation strategies, augmented photobiology, advanced optics and functional microstructures, supported by its research in spatial intelligence and digital fabrication.


Professional Experience

Scape Agency

Founding Designer
October 2018 - Present

Scape Agency is a spatial innovation collective that dreams, discovers and designs the everyday of tomorrow. We blend design thinking with emerging technologies to create a brighter perspective for people and planet. Our products and services naturalise technology in liveable and sustainable –scapes that spark the imagination and inspire future generations.

Scape Ventures

Founding Director
October 2018 - Present

Scape Ventures brings the lab into life. We believe in creating a better and brighter future through innovation and design.

Inbo Architects

Head of Innovation
April 2020 - Present
Parametric Designer
May 2019 - April 2020

Inbo creates inspiring places in which people can feel at home, places that change along with their residents. Houses in which people enjoy living. Workspaces where people can learn the most and perform at their best. Places where people can meet each other. Places that people want to be part of, creating communities. Where it is pleasant to be together. There is always a connection to the place, to its history, to memories. New impulses reinforce the power of what is already there.

BlueCity

Workshop Organiser
September 2020 - October 2020

Amsterdam Light Festival

Technical Producer & Bioneering Consultant
March 2020 - May 2020

With the realisation of more than 260 artworks, 8 exhibitions and more than 5 million visitors since 2012, Amsterdam Light Festival has developed into a leading lightart festival. In addition to organising the annual festival and the development of its internationally traveling collection, the foundation is also actively involved throughout the year in sharing knowledge and expertise and contributing to the development of the art discipline.

Aectual

Project Manager & Product Developer
August 2018 - April 2019

Aectual is founded out of a mission to bring freedom of design & tailor-made architecture to everyone, and to make the production of buildings and interiors cleaner, faster, and better.

Sustainer Homes

Parametric Design Strategist
May 2018 - July 2018

Studio Roosegaarde

Senior Designer
March 2016 - Febuary 2018
Design Trainee
Febuary 2016 - March 2016

Delft University of Technology

Augmented Reality Engineer
April 2015 - September 2016
Assisitant Tutor
August 2015 - January 2016
Architectural History Research Assistant
June 2015 - November 2015

Building Info

Cloud Platform Developer
July 2015 - November 2015

Architectuurstudio Herman Hertzberger

Architectural Design Graduate
Febuary 2012 - July 2012

MIR Architecten

Building Technology Trainee
August 2010 - January 2011

Kampman Architecten

Architectural Assistant
June 2006 - September 2008


Voluntary Activities

Scape Foundation

Founder
November 2020 - Present

Parametricism.com

Founding Co-Curator
April 2020 - Present

Parametricism.com features cutting-edge research and projects to convey the latest advancements in computationally empowered architecture and design, acting as a “neural network” of positions and new directions affiliated with Parametricism. The curators of this platform are Daniela Ghertovici (Chicago), Patrik Schumacher (London) and Lars van Vianen (Amsterdam). Between us we represent a gamut of trajectories within Parametricism, and our mission is to feature a wide array of work by both formative figures and emerging talent.

Wageningen University & Research

Research Guidance Committee
March 2021 - December 2021

Agenda Stad

Design Quality Team
March 2021 - Present

Nederlandse AI Coalitie | NL AIC

Working Group Member
November 2019 - Present

Building Campus (De Bouwcampus)

Working Group Member
March 2021 - Present

WHU – Otto Beisheim School of Management

External Supervisor
November 2020 - May 2021

Dutch Design Week

Programme Partner & Curator
August 2020 - October 2020

Dutch Design Week in Eindhoven is the largest design event in Northern Europe and presents work and concepts from more than 2,600 designers to more than 355,000 visitors from home and abroad.

Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences

Graduate Mentor
May 2020 - July 2020

INDESEM (International Design Seminar

Advisory Board Member
September 2015 - August 2017
Board Member
September 2014 - August 2015

Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences

Urban Sustainability Strategist
Febuary 2010 - July 2010


Talks & Lectures

May 5, 2021
WHU – Otto Beisheim School of Management
April 16, 2021
Landscape Triennial 2021
November 10, 2020
Pakhuis de Zwijger, Amsterdam
October 27, 2020
Pakhuis de Zwijger, Amsterdam
October, 2020
Dutch Design Week, Eindhoven
October, 2020
BlueCity, Rotterdam
September 7, 2018
ESA ESTEC, Noordwijk