AWAA for cwarchitects - estd. 2006 by Charly Wittock - is an architectural firm based in Brussels, Belgium (previously cwarchitects - estd. 1993 – San Francisco, USA - New-york city, USA – Brussels, Belgium). Its structure is organized on the concept of diversity & interdisciplinarity. The office is exalted to propose a collection of architects, designers, engineers, draftsmen, artists, … within it.
The team is organized in response to the characteristics of each mission so it can manage a broad range of project scales and locations.
AWAA is dedicated to create design solutions to programmatic & site inputs in the residential, commercial, cultural and services realms - both private & public - without trying to produce any specific architectural style but rather exploring the potential Architecture & clients can offer to it.
As concept of thought, Architecture is for AWAA all about ‘translation’. This complex phenomenon, which consists in transposing the same meaning in another language, enjoys a leading status in the office. Each team member is naturally confronted to it on a daily basis: the team treats information, distillates ideas, decodes needs, decrypts urban conditions, materializes realities, illustrates intentions, explains concepts, interprets building codes and converts data into buildings. Its inner goal being to translate clients’ whises & dreams.
The liberty AWAA takes in translating clients’ desires and sites’ needs, coordinated with urban codes, enriches the fields of investigation and pushes the team to adapt to new conditions.
The diversity of projects AWAA has developed allows its members to face multiple issues, giving them the opportunity to learn & lift up each project to a simplified translation of ideas and spaces.
AWAA’s goal is not to redefine Architecture but to explore its use.
Charly Wittock has a Master of Environmental Design from Yale University and a Bachelor of Architecture from the California College of Arts and Crafts, graduating first in his class and more recently receiving a Graduate of Distinction Award. He is the recipient of the 1998 Young Architect Award in Belgium.
Establishing first cwarchitects in 1993 (now called AWAA for cwarchitects), Mr. Wittock was a founding partner of IGLOO Architects from February 1995 to September 1996. Previous to that he worked with Mark Horton Architecture, as a project manager, and with William Stout & Associates where he was part of the design team that developed the conceptual scheme and presentation for the exhibition “In the Spirit of Modernism” at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. "Way Stations", a collaborative project with the artist Ming Wei Lee was on exhibit at the Whitney museum in New York.
At Yale his research centered on creating a database and exploring the possibilities of computer network technologies in the architectural profession. His work has been published in both the 2000 and 2003 editions of the book "Belgium new Architecture Volume 1&2" and in different international publications such as "A+"; "A+D"; "a+u"; "AEC Café"; "AMC"; "Archdaily"; "Archello"; "Architectural Record"; "Architecture Review"; "Architizer"; "Art in America"; "Beople", "Condé Nast", "de Architect", "ELLE Décor"; "ELLE Wonen"; "Ninety"; "Trends"; …
He has lectured at Columbia University, taught at California College of Arts and is a frequent guest critic at the Faculté d’Architecture La Cambre Horta in Brussels.
Licensed in Belgium.
Christophe Bourdeaux has a Bachelor of Art from the Académie Royale des Beaux-Arts, graduating first in his class. Mr. Bourdeaux is the recipient of the 1993 Prix d'Excellence from the city of Brussels.
He is a tenure teacher at the Académie Royale des Beaux-Arts in Brussels where he inspire and nurture a new generation of artists to be.
He began his collaboration with Charly Wittock as design consultant in 1998, offering an artistic approach to architectural design.
His concerns differ from those of an architect and his vision on the architectural work bring other perspectives. He is not concerned as much in the construction phase as in the elaboration and development of a project, not as much in the materiality as in the “matter of space”.