Founding Director of dRMM, established in 1995. Has presented dRMM’s work in Europe, South America, Asia, Australasia and Africa on the relationship between design concepts and emerging construction types, in particular advocating engineered timber design. Professor de Rijke has taught widely, including at the AA and RCA. He is active as occasional critic, lecturer, architecture design advisor and photographer. He is Dean of Architecture at the RCA.
At dRMM, de Rijke focuses on design innovation. He combines leadership of expanding practice with research into new materials and modern methods of construction. Alex has had a central role in pioneering cross-laminated timber panel construction in the UK and Australia. dRMM’s research work for the 2012 Venice Biennale on the floating architecture of the Netherlands resulted in design proposals for London’s Royal Docks. ‘Floatopolis’, a time-lapse masterplan for incremental growth, was launched in February 2013 at the RIBA / British Council Venice Take Away exhibition, with an accompanying presentation from de Rijke.