young Maaskant Prize
Studio L A
De jury awards Arna Mačkić (1988) with the young Maaskant Prize 2017 for her search for ‘inclusive architecture' and new shapes of public space. Mačkić is not only a designer, she also reflects in word and writing. She is a voice that connects, one that heals wounds of the past without erasing the scars.
Arna Mačkić was born in 1988 in Capljina (Bosnia and Herzegovina). When she was five years old, her parents fled to the Netherlands. Arna grew up in the Dutch city Zoetermeer. During her studies at the Rietveld Academy she worked for RAAAF (Rietveld Architecture-Art-Affordances), she recently founded the office Studio L A together with co-founder Lorien Beijaert.
Mačkić designs, researches, writes, educates and initiates. She gives lectures and guides debates about the function and power of public space. Her intellect and her independent position - seen in her research Mortal Cities & Forgotten Monuments – are of great value.
She is in the starting position of developing an individual autograph as a designer, a style which is characterized by robust materials and shapes and manifold use of triangles, wedges and diagonals. She refers to symbols of monumentality and power, from pyramids to stealth bombers, but by consistently adding the human scale, their threatening and totalitarian nature is deprived.