The Practice

CCXD (Context/Concept/Exploration/Development) is a Rotterdam based practice operating on the crossroad of architecture, design and the visual arts. Led by Cédric Van Parys, the practice is defined by a radical conceptual approach to translate research into spaces, exhibitions, stages, artworks and installations. Within this capacity CCXD collaborates with architects, artists, designers and cultural institutions around the world. 

Often monumental, always meticulously detailed and occasionally neurotic, CCXD’s aim is to communicate ideas through powerful visual and spatial statements. 

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contact@cedricvanparys.com
+32(0)495100953

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Delftseplein 36
3013AA
Rotterdam
The Netherlands

Method

Architecture is self-referential and the city is the theatre of our collective memory. CCXD gathers fragments of this vast palimpsest and reimagines their symbolism by appropriating them in the context of new projects. CCXD balances history and progress, elegance and boldness, the old and the new, the sacred and the profane, the monumental and the fragile, the spectacular and the ordinary. Whilst highly research oriented and conceptually driven, CCXD’s projects embody beauty as a tool to communicate, and elevate us spiritually and morally.

Founder

CÉDRIC VAN PARYS (BE) holds a Bachelor and Master degree in Architecture from Sint-Lucas Ghent and followed Creative Practise for Narrative Environments at Central-Saint-Martins, London. Prior to setting up CCXD in 2016, he worked as an architect & researcher at AMO/OMA in Rotterdam. Cédric was mostly active within AMO, the research branch of OMA and worked alongside Rem Koolhaas on the Elements of Architecture exhibition at the 14th Venice Architecture Biennale. For his research into Chinese roof details, he was awared the Academic Committee award at the Shenzhen & HongKong Bi-city Biennale of Architecture. He also developed the stage designs for the Prada (FW2015) and Miumiu (FW2015) fashion shows in Milan and Paris amongst many other projects. 

In his own practice (office CCXD) he applies architectural thinking onto the realm of design and the visual arts. Cédric's work has been exhibited at the Shanghai Art Biennale (2016), The Venice Art Biennale (Monuments for Progress, 2017), Bienal de Arquitetura de São Paulo (Architecture of Appropriation,2017), Het Nieuwe Instituut (Tools for Progress, 2017), Dutch Design Week (Fermitas, Utilitas en Venustas 2018), Seattle Design Week (Chromatic Dinner 2018), Unart Center Shanghai (The Kind Stranger, 2019), Collectible Fair Brussels (Nothing New Under the Sun, 2020). He is currently a teacher at the Academy of Architecture in Amsterdam. Before he has lectured and taught at Otis College of Art & Design, Los Angeles (2015), Tongji University, Shanghai (2016) Sint Lucas University, Ghent (2017) and the Gerrit Rietveld Academie in Amsterdam (2019) 

In 2017 he co-founded TOOLS FOR PROGRESS, a laboratory for art and design creating objects, spatial assemblages and scénographies which are inspired by architectural elements and natural landscapes. 

Collaborators

Job Opening: Project Architect

Office CCXD is urgently looking for an architect to take the lead in designing and detailing a private residential project in Belgium.

CCXD (Context/Concept/Exploration/Development) is a Rotterdam based practice operating on the crossroad of architecture, design and the visual arts. Led by Cédric Van Parys, the practice is defined by a radical conceptual approach to translate research into spaces, exhibitions, stages, artworks and installations.

When developing architecture projects, CCXD collaborates with local parties to form a complementary team of professionals. In this context we are looking for an architect capable defining the design concept further, take lead of the detailed design process and manage the communication with the other project partners.

The individual should be a creative thinker with a strong personality, independent, interested to integrate him/herself in a small—sometime chaotic—office environment, is able to grasp concepts quickly, has excellent technical knowledge, an eye for detail and a flexible attitude. Construction/building experience is certainly an advantage. You should have the ability to work as a freelancer. You are dedicated and flexible to work both within CCXD’s studio space in Rotterdam and independently.

You will have space for developing and implementing you own personal interests during the project. And if things go well, seeing it through until completion.

Requirements for this position include:

 - 4-6 years of relevant work experience

- Interest in residential architecture.

- Excellent technical knowledge.

- Experience with building and building sites.

- Independent, creative and assertive.

- Strong design skills

- Owns the communication skills to represent the office

- Strong Sketch-up skills (able to quickly test ideas and extract the model to presentation drawings and images)

- Strong knowledge of Autocad / Revit / Adobe / Archicad etc. (Whatever program you prefer)

- Fluently in English & Dutch

- As it concerns a project in Belgium, knowledge of the Belgian context and regulations is a plus.

- A desire to work in a small team.

- Must have a valid EU working permit

- Ability to work as a freelancer.

 

 If interested , please share with us:

- Portfolio: Please select max 5 projects.

- CV with relevant experience.

- A motivation letter is NOT needed. I would like to ask you to briefly answer the following two questions:

            *What is your passion ?

            *What are you really good at ?

Please send all documents to: office@officeccxd.com, to the attention of Cédric Van Parys. No issue, or google drive/ dropbox links please.

Job opening: Intern

We are looking for a trainee with excellent work ethic and high motivation. The individual should be a creative thinker, interested to learn in a small office environment, is able to grasp concepts quickly, and is able to take on different types of tasks with equal vigour. Having a mind of your own is also crucial, we are looking for portfolio’s that stand out in some kind of way.

 

At a minimum, the prospective trainee should have the following skills and interests:

 

- must be a good conceptual thinker

- must have sense of graphics and attention to detail in illustrative drawings

- desire to learn, experiment, and participate

- good communicator and able to work in a small team

- proficiency in AutoCAD (or ArchiCAD, revit)

- proficiency in Sketchup (be able to quickly produce a clean model and export for drawing)

- proficiency in Adobe suite programs

- rendering (V-ray/sketchup) capabilities are a plus

- ability to work as a freelancer

- Previous office/professional experience is a plus.

If interested , please share with us:

 

- Portfolio: Please select max 5 projects.

- CV with relevant experience.

- A motivation letter is NOT needed. I would like to ask you to briefly answer the following two questions:

            *What is your passion ?

            *What are you really good at ?

Please send all documents to: office@officeccxd.com, to the attention of Cédric Van Parys. No issue, or google drive/ dropbox links please.

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