Hanneke van Deursen

Hanneke van Deursen

New York, NY, US

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I am drawn to the work of offices which transgress various mediums and scales in pursuit of a larger, theoretical project. Offices which engage architecture as an active agent within the social, political, and economic mechanisms of the built environment. Offices which utilize design to position themselves critically towards the context in which architecture is produced and consumed. Those who pursue alternatives.  

I am looking for a challenge, for productive friction, for ambition. 
Throughout my academic career I have engaged in practice. My work experience spans opportunities in both the United States and Europe. In the beginning, I spent summers at small offices in Barcelona and Rotterdam. Later, I worked for the design/development firm Powerhouse Company in Rotterdam where I was hired full-time after my summer internship. There, I worked primarily on the design of a luxury villa and was a founding member of their research team on finance and architecture. As a student at Syracuse School of Architecture, I have been hired by two young faculty firms, Architecture Office and SPORTS, to produce work for exhibitions, competitions, and installations. This year, the School of Architecture hired me as a teaching assistant for two representation courses, where I have instructed first-year students in both digital and manual drawing techniques. Additionally, I have been the recipient of two research grants from Syracuse University. The first enabled me to pursue independent research in the Philippines, which I presented in a talk at TEDxSyracuseUniversity. The other took me to the sites of my thesis research to produce three short films on built environments of Neoliberalism. 
These varied experiences have formed my understanding of architectural practice today, and they have pushed me to pursue opportunities in firms which are founded on critical design and research.


Syracuse University, Syracuse, NY, US, Undergraduate Teaching Aid

Led, taught, and critiqued a section of twenty first-year students together with a graduate teaching assistant in manual drawing skills (Fall) and digital drawing skills (Spring) in a studio setting and in the field.

Aug 2019 - May 2020

sports, Syracuse, NY, US, Design Intern

Created models, drawings, and design iterations for winning competition entries. Prepared and uninstalled an installation for the Arch League Beaux Arts Ball 2019.

Sep 2019 - Dec 2019

Architecture Office, Syracuse, NY, US, Research Assistant

Developed models and presentation drawings for various projects including the Swissness Applied exhibition now on international tour.

Jan 2017 - May 2019

Powerhouse Company, Rotterdam, NL, Technical Consultant

Worked closely with project architect on design development of a high-end villa.
Managed project timeline, produced presentation books, directed communication between team members, technical team, and render team. Collaborated on the conception of an Architecture / Finance research team, which developed into a studio at Independent School for the City.

May 2018 - Dec 2018

Studio AAAN, Rotterdam, NL, Architectural Intern

Partnered with founders on projects including: the design of an office interior, a large model for a neighborhood meeting, client relations, translating project text, photographing finished projects, and testing ideas through models and drawing.

May 2017 - Aug 2017

AV62 Arquitectos, Barcelona, ES, Architectural Intern

Produced models and diagrams and translated poetic project text from Spanish to English.

Jul 2016 - Aug 2016


Syracuse University, Syracuse, NY, US, BArch, Architecture

Aug 2015 - May 2020

Syracuse University Summer College, Syracuse, NY, US, Architecture

Six-week summer course in Architecture.

Jul 2014 - Aug 2014


TED Talk, Other

‘How Buildings Talk to Us’ shares the underlying voice of architecture with a broader audience. The talk presents summer 2019 Filipino Dream House research.


Renée Crown University Honors Thesis Funding, Grant

Grant for a three-part film series in support of thesis work which was produced in week-long on-site immersions in Hudson Yards, Canary Wharf, and Kop van Zuid


Dean's Citation for Excellence in Thesis Design, Award


King + King Prize, 1st Place

Prize for best integrated studio project


Undergraduate Research Grant, Grant

(In)Dependence and Identity: Exploring the Filipino Dream House


Professor's Award for Academic Achievement, 1st Place

For ethnographic research essays written on culture and identity in London


Architecture Scholarship, Scholarship

Full-tuition scholarship granted by Syracuse University School of Architecture