Mels Crouwel, an architect with a personal passion for art and culture and known for paying great attention to functionality and sustainability, will deliver his lecture, "The Dutch Way," as part of IIT Architecture Chicago's Dean's Lecture Series.

Biography of Speaker/Presenter: 
Mels Crouwel (1953, Amsterdam) graduated as an engineer from the Faculty of Architecture at Delft University of Technology in 1978. In 1979, he founded the office Benthem Crouwel Architects in Amsterdam together with Jan Benthem. Mels Crouwel is a member of the Royal Institute of Dutch Architects (bna) and an honorary member of the Association of German Architects (bda). 

Mels Crouwel has worked on many internationally renowned museums, public buildings and cultural platforms. His designs are seen in the restoration of the Anne Frank House (Amsterdam), the Bergbau Mining Museum (Bochum), FOAM photo museum (Amsterdam), De Pont museum for contemporary art (Tilburg), the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam, among many others. Within the first ten years of starting Benthem Crouwel Architects, Mels Crouwel became the supervising architect for the largest trade and convention centre in The Netherlands, Amsterdam RAI.