Daylight Talk by Francesco Veenstra


The 2024 Daylight Talk series continues with Francesco Veenstra, chief architect to the Dutch government since 2021 and partner at Vakwerk architecten in Delft since 2017. He presents the lecture “Transitional Society: a delicate balancing act” on daylight in collaboration with Eindhoven University of Technology.

Through this lecture, Francesco Veenstra seeks to find answers on what we need to do better to achieve international climate targets, transition to a circular economy and a more robust and biodiverse natural environment.

Juliëtte van Duijnhoven, Assistant Professor in the Building Lighting Group within the Building Physics and Services Unit of the Department of the Built Environment (TU/e), presents the lecture and moderates the session.


About Francesco Veenstra

Francesco Veenstra has been a partner at Vakwerk architecten in Delft since 2017, having previously worked at Mecanoo where he was co-owner. He has extensive experience in projects for various organisations, including the Library of Birmingham project and Delft Station. A graduate of the Rotterdam Academy of Architecture, he was also president of the Association of Dutch Architectural Practices. Francesco Veenstra succeeds Floris Alkemade as government architect, while continuing his work at Vakwerk.

Daylight Talks is a series of free, online video lectures curated by Daylight and Architecture and organised in partnership with prominent architectural schools around the world. The talks present architects and educators that are working consciously with daylight in their projects or educational programmes.

‘Daylight Talks´ is organised by the VELUX Group in collaboration with individual schools of architecture and endorsed by the International Union of Architects (UIA) and the European Association for Architectural Education (EAAE).