Darrel brings a broad range of experiences across creative fields, in all scales of design, and has been recognized and awarded for his work across photography, architecture and urbanism. Darrel has studied photography and worked as an editor in newspaper publishing before completing a professional M.Arch degree in Architecture. Having worked on multi-disciplinary projects across North America and Europe, he brings a broad perspective and a high level of criticism.
Outside of design projects, he actively pursues teaching, research and writing and has been a Master’s Architecture Guest Lecturer and a Master’s Urbanism studio tutor at TU Delft (NL). He has been a Master’s Architecture studio tutor at the Université de Montréal (CA), and has been a Guest Critic for LIA at TU Berlin (DE), for the Creative Cities Studio at the Berlage Institute in Rotterdam (NL) and for the Vertical Cities Asia studio at TU Delft (NL). Darrel has carried out various research projects on digital fabrication in architecture; on cities, complexity and smart systems; and on broader urbanism issues.
From 2008 to 2012 he cofounded and operated the architecture practice Open Form Architecture in Montreal, Canada. Darrel has been a project leader for some of the largest urban projects in Europe while working with Rients Dijkstra at Maxwan architects + urbanists in Rotterdam, including the master plan for Project A101 in Moscow (RU). He has collaborated with Uberbau in Berlin (DE) on Hybrid Infrastructure designs, and the Astana World Expo 2017 competition. He was recently a Project Leader working with Winy Maas at MVRDV for both urban and architectural projects in Morocco and Germany.
At the moment Darrel is an project leader for architecture and urbanism projects with Kees Christiaanse and Ruurd Gietema at KCAP Rotterdam. At KCAP he is additionally involved with optimizing the CAD and Knowledge Management workflow, the integration of Rhino 3D and Grasshopper, and with international acquisitions across many countries.