Architectural designer and educator Elmo Vermijs (Tilburg, 1982) works on the interface of art, design, architecture and landscape. He researches the relationship between space, (waste) materials and regenerative production processes, in order to generate new perspectives on the use of material in contemporary society. He does so by investigating the myriad of relationships between the uses and production of (waste) materials, and their historical, political and environmental contexts. At this moment, Vermijs is particularly interested in the relation between current modes of linear production and the impact on the natural environment. In his working process Vermijs collaborates with local parties and integrates material research with new environmental insights. In his works -often supplemented by publications, workshops and conversations- visitors are invited to physically interact with both the space and materials as a catalyst to reflect on a range of social issues and to find new ways of relating to the (natural) environment.
Elmo Vermijs received his BFA with honors in Architectural Design at the Gerrit Rietveld Academie in Amsterdam (NL).
His works have been shown at, amongst others, at the Aomori Contemporary Art Center, Aomori (JP); European Cultural Capital, Plovdiv, (BG); multiple editions of the Oerol Festival, Terschelling (NL); Pakhuis de Zwijger, Amsterdam (NL); Monet Garden, Zaandam, (NL); Werkplaats Buijtenland, Rhoon (NL); European Land art route, Sint-Oedenrode (NL); Art at the Pool, Amsterdam (NL)
Vermijs has been a resident at Aomori Contemporary Art Centre
, Japan and several of his projects have been selected for, or awarded with, the Vredeman de Vries Prijs
and the Doen Material Award. He received grants from the Bankgiroloterij Fonds, Stimulerings Fonds, Mondriaan Fonds and the Dutch Embassy in Japan, amongst others. He has been invited by various educational institutions both in the Netherlands and abroad to lecture and to give workshops at the Basic Year and at the Architectural Design Department of the Gerrit Rietveld Academie, Amsterdam (NL); the Department of Landscape Design of the TU, Delft (NL); Hout and Meubileringscollege, Amsterdam (NL); Wadden Academy, Leeuwarden (NL); KnowhowShow Academy, Plovdiv (BG); and the Matsusimo Academy in Tokyo (JP).
Elmo Vermijs lives and works in Amsterdam.