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PKN BTV Vol. 20: Rolf Kielman

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Architect Rolf Kielman shares his experience building an ice fishing hut with a group of architects for an exhibit at Shelburne Museum.

"My mother and father were both craft people. As a weaver and silversmith, they spent their lives crafting items of beauty and utility. My interest in art and architecture came through sculpture and this has spurred a sustained involvement in the craft of building design. Architecture is a child-like activity…creative, spontaneous but requiring great care and method.

I was born in Holland, immigrated to Canada as a youth, and with the exception of work and study abroad, have spent my adult life in Vermont. While studying in Holland and Scandinavia, I developed an interest in sustainable design and I learned how to express a people’s culture through design. New England has similar architectural traditions….build what is needed, let the craft of building be expressed, include a dose of understated whimsy.

I enjoy collaborating with groups of people and believe it is essential to the making of good buildings. Architecture is a fun-filled journey infused with delicious surprises. The excitement of realizing a beautiful and resource efficient building is an infectious pleasure for all."

PechaKucha Night Burlington is presented by the Fleming MuseumBurlington City ArtsShelburne Museum, and the ECHO Lake Aquarium and Science Center. Media services are provided by RETN. Additional support is provided by Seven Days.

Devised and shared by Klein Dytham Architecture.

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