PRESS RELEASE| Amsterdam, May 15, 2012 – THNK, the Amsterdam School of Creative Leadership announces that Renny Ramakers, THNK board member-at-large and co-founder and director of design company Droog, has recently stepped in to chair the Foundation Board of THNK, taking over this position from Bas Verhart, the previous chair. Ole Bouman, director of the National Architecture Institute has joined THNK as a member of the board. Board members Bas Verhart and Menno van Dijk, both co-founders of THNK, will dedicate more time to the day-to-day business at THNK.
Renny Ramakers is one of the most successful and respected creative entrepreneurs, not only in the Netherlands but on a global scale. Recently she was named one of the 150 Women Who Shake the World by Newsweek Magazine. Ramakers initiates projects, curates design exhibitions, and lectures worldwide. She is a judging panelist on various design boards and has advised on governmental advisory boards, amongst others she was a member of the Dutch Council of Culture (1995-2001). A critic, she has contributed to international magazines, books and catalogues, and has authored several books. In 2009, Ramakers launched the Droog Lab series, ‘Here, there, everywhere,’ with the ambition of speculating new directions for the future of design. Project locations include Dubai, New York, the Canadian North, Moscow, Belgium, Mumbai and China, where themes ranging from ambition to survival and copying have resulted in outcomes ranging from imaginary brands to future city concepts and new business models.
“Renny has been a driving force behind many international creative initiatives and we are very excited that she has accepted the challenge to become the chair of our foundation board,” said Bas Verhart, co-founder of THNK. “Her vision and drive are extremely valuable to help THNK expand and grow.”
Ole Bouman is the director of the Netherlands Architecture Institute, globally the largest institute of its kind. Prior to this appointment he was the editor-in-chief of Volume, the independent magazine for architecture, for pushing its limits and finding new roles in society. Volume is a project by Archis Foundation, think tank AMO and the Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation of Columbia University. He also was the director of Archis Foundation, active in publishing, consultancy and, as NGO, establishing connections between local design communities in need of expertise and the Archis global knowledge network.
Bouman has a track record in writing, curating and teaching in a variety of fields. His publications include the encyclopedic manifesto ‘The Invisible in Architecture’ (co-author, 1994), the Battle for Time (2003) and ‘Architecture of Consequence’ (2009). He was one of the curators of Manifesta 3 (2000) and the Shenzhen/Hongkong Biennale 2011, for which he won the Special Award for best entry. He taught or lectured at various schools worldwide. His most recent position was lecturer at MIT, Cambridge, Massachusetts.
image: 85 Lamps for Droog by Rody Graumans Photographer: Stefanie Grätz