Benjamin Vanmuysen
Boghosian Fellow 2019-2020

M.Arch, Princeton University School of Architecture; B.Sc. Engineering Architecture, KU Leuven, Belgium

In his role as Boghosian Fellow, Vanmuysen teaches a fall research seminar, a Visiting Critics (VC) studio, and production-based professional elective in the spring.

His research will focus on the conflict of aesthetics, which aims to gain a deeper understanding of the design extremes: under- and overdesign.

“These two opposite design limits, which are part of our common architectural jargon, both have negative connotations, but have never been studied nor defined,” says Vanmuysen. “I look forward to delving deeper into this subject matter and translating the conducted research into a project.”

Like the three previous Boghosian Fellows, Vanmuysen will work closely not only with faculty and students in the School of Architecture, but will also explore interdisciplinary collaborations within the University and its various centers and colleges.

Before joining Syracuse University, Vanmuysen worked at Diller Scofidio + Renfro, an interdisciplinary design studio in New York City where he worked, among others, on the competition entry for KANAL – Centre Pompidou—a new cultural hub in Brussels and the V&A Here East project in London’s Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. Previously, he worked for Reiser + Umemoto Architecture in New York City and the Dutch architectural firm, Office for Metropolitan Architecture based in Rotterdam. His work has been published and exhibited internationally in South Korea, France, Belgium and the United States.

Vanmuysen earned his undergraduate degree in architectural engineering at the KU Leuven in Belgium and studied for two years at the Southern California Institute of Architecture before completing his master of architecture degree at Princeton University.