Tania Concko

BIOGRAPHY

Born in Paris, Tania Concko spent her childhood in Congo before starting her studies in France.

Following her graduation from the National School of Architecture of Versailles, she completed her studies with an education as an urban planner at the National School of Architecture of Paris-Villemin.

After her collaboration with renowned architects Bernard Huet and Jean Nouvel, whose strong approach and commitment are of very different forms, she founded her own architectural and urban planning office in Amsterdam in 1997 : Tania Concko Architects Urbanists ( TCAU ).

Her significant realisation of the Zaanwerf residential district in the Netherlands (1), a transformation of a 3,5ha waterfront industrial site was widely published and won several international awards, notably the “Prix de la 1ère oeuvre du Moniteur” in 1999 (First Work Award from Architecture Review “Le Moniteur”).

From 1998 to 2008, and working alongside Rem Koolhaas, Tania Concko participated in a unique experience, working as one of five consultants selected to be members of the “Quality Team” for the new City Center of Almere, the Netherlands. This innovative city council advisory team was established to oversee the implementation of the new masterplan from OMA, ensuring that the original intentions were retained throughout the project  from conception to realisation.

Enriched by extensive international experience, allowing her to have a deep observation of the development of cities in Europe, she has consolidated her own approach based on “a critical understanding of urban reality”. In or outside Europe, her projects, teaching and consulting activities are focused on questioning the city, “living in neighbourhoods”, and how architecture is immersed in its various contexts and issues : landscaped, urban, social and programmatic.

Over the past 10 years, her office has worked on many projects in Europe, ranging from small scale 20 units residential block to large-scale restructurations of 200ha urban territories.

Her office has actively participated in the reflection of major sites of urban renewal in metropolitan areas across Europe, as well as abroad, as shown by her recent projects and interventions at Ajaccio, Toronto, Paris, Ottawa, Casablanca, Dakar or Sao-Paulo.

For Tania Concko “the city, the architecture should not deny the difficulties and constraints, but transform them into opportunities.”

“Each time, she experiments how to link city and architecture, city and housing, living areas and public spaces… She has an attraction for urban environments with established singularities, social as geographical, and she offers contemporary answers that highlight the urban challenge”.

Sylvie Groueff, journalist. “Exposition TANIA CONCKO” 2009  Arc en Rêve Centre d’ Architecture / Bordeaux

(1)Pierre Gautier Associated

 

MAJOR AWARDS

 

PRIX DE LA FEMME ARCHITECTE OEUVRE ORIGINALE – France 2016 

PRIX DU LOGEMENT ACADEMIE D’ARCHITECTURE – France 2016

ARCVISION PRIZE WOMEN AND ARCHITECTURE ( Nominated ) – International 2016

PYRAMIDES D’OR – France 2010

ARIE KEPPLER PRIJS – Netherlands 2001

MIES VAN DER ROHE AWARD ( Nominated ) – International 2001

BAUWELT PREIS – Germany 2000

PRIX DELARUE, Silver Medal of the Architecture Academy – France 2000

PRIX DE LA PREMIERE OEUVRE DU MONITEUR – France 1999

ALBUMS DE LA JEUNE ARCHITECTURE ( AJA) – France 1994

EUROPAN 2 – Netherlands 1991