Wake up in Architecture

'Hotel Rotterdam, Wake up in Architecture 2019' took place during the Rotterdam Architecture Month (May 24 - June 16). During this month we offered personal matches to professionals in Architecture. Overnight stay at the house/studio of the host was included! Read more >

Paul Lageschaar (K√ľhne & Co)

Paul Lageschaar is one of the architects at Kühne & Co. He started out studying architecture in Delft and is working at ‘Kühne & Co' since 1999. Lageschaar wants to contribute to the way the city operates. He specializes in building for ‘difficult environments’: mostly locations in the city with lots of framework conditions.

"We make use of restspace. We find sites in the middle of builded areas that seem to be forgotten. Our premise is that the new building has to add value to the neigborhood. An anonymus place or no go area could be transormed into something more attractive.” In his view, a design has to react very carefully to the environment. Integration of geothermal heat, rooftop parks and green facades are integrated in his designs if possible. Lageschaar lives and works in one of his own buildings: a unique design for a complex situation in Rotterdam. Foto Rien Zilvold

Giuseppe Mazzaglia (MVRDV)

Giuseppe Mazzaglia graduated in Building Engineering and Architecture at Università degli Studi di Catania. Giuseppe is interested in critics, construction, history and everything that happens around architecture, but he likes to define himself mainly as a designer. In the past, he has been project architect and designer for KAAN Architecten for the design of the KMSKA Museum in Antwerp (BE), the Utopia Library and Academy for Performing Arts in Aalst (BE), the Supreme Court of The Netherlands in Den Haag (NL) and many other projects.

In January 2019 he joined MVRDV as project leader for the Asian Studio. He works on multi-purpose buildings design and renovation in Guangzhou and Shenzhen. Living in Rotterdam with his wife since 2011 he has a strong connection with the city, its icons and hidden treasures, but still with the eyes of a Sicilian adventurer. Photo Ossip van Duivenbode

Folkert van Hagen (GROUP A)

Folkert van Hagen is one of the co-founders of GROUP A Architects, founded in 1995 together with Maarten van Bremen and Adam Visser.

The office is an international collective of architects that functions as a design studio. At GROUP A we cherish and underpin these properties of pushing limits and sharing knowledge, of finding niche solutions and daring to stray from the beaten track. As one passionate team we aim to blend enthusiasm and maturity, experience and learning. Over time, these combined qualities have led to an unambiguous and clear GROUP A signature. And just like the Dragonfly, we shall continue to be alert to changing pinpricks in our environment and move alongside and in tandem with our clients and team. Photo Roos Aldershoff

Monica Adams (Bekkering Adams Architects)

Monica Adams is architect/director at Bekkering Adams architects, an internationally operating, dynamic and versatile architectural office, located in a former warehouse in the dynamic environment of M4H, a mixed-use harbour area in Rotterdam. Operating with an open mind towards our future society and striving to enhance the urban environment in every possible way, the office works on innovative and sustainable projects with a strong identity, defined by expressive architecture with a tactile expression of material and detail. The aim is to create projects that transcend the purely architectural and can surprise every time. Monica has a keen interest in the necessary transitions our society has to go through and -together with the Keilecollectief- organises AANKEILEN! a series of lecture and debate about the future of M4H. Always wanted to Wake up in Architecture? You are invited!

Elija Kozak (MVRDV)

Elija Kozak is a young architect working at MVRDV, with particular interest for urban development of cities. She has a strong background in art: painting, collecting art and creating small art projects is part of her daily routine. She loves reading and writing. Strong Russian roots provoke an ambition in her to work on projects related to this beautiful and challenging country, often a challenging, yet rich experience. Cultural differences between people in Rotterdam and at a larger, global scale formulate a topic that brings together all her work: art, architecture, photography and writings. Being an easy traveller, she has lived in 5 different cities throughout her life, always thinking about the next step. She likes exploring local neighborhoods in Rotterdam and enjoying its mixed character. Open and curious, loves plants and birds. She speaks Russian, English, Estonian and a bit of Dutch.

Marc Joubert (Joubert Architecture)

Marc Joubert Prof. Ir. (Pretoria, 1971) studied architecture at the TU Delft. He worked at various offices (CEPEZED, MVRDV, DJSA) with projects around Europe, Unites States and Asia and founded JA (Joubert Architecture) in 2008. He taught at the Berlage Institute and the Rotterdam academy of architecture, currently he is professor at Nikola Tesla University (Serbia) .

JA Joubert Architecture works on projects ranging in scale from individual homes to master plans and research projects, with experience developing and executing projects around the world. All their work focusses on sustainability from the way they produce and save energy to how people work and live together. Their projects are developed to the highest technical and architectural standards to become an iconic presence in their surroundings. Photo JA/NxNW

Simone Rots (Crimson Architectural Historians)

Simone Rots (1969) is an architectural historian and partner of Crimson Historians & Urbanists. Crimson works, writes, advises and teaches in the field of urban planning and architecture, combining historical research and the production of projects. Last year Crimson was involved in the 16th Architecture Biennale of Venice, with the exhibition ‘A City of Comings and Goings’. Recently Crimson started the Independent School for the City, an unaccredited brand new one-year international education program for post-graduate students in the field of design, planning, sociology, history etc. The school is rooted in Crimson's and the design office ZUS' practice of combining a critical, activist approach to the city with effecting real change through architectural and planning projects. Simone Rots was the director of Hofbogen BV and responsible for the 1st phase of the transformation of this 19th century monumental train viaduct. She is part of the staff of the International New Town Institute, which is a think and do tank for young cities addressing the development of new towns world-wide. Together with her husband, photographer Maarten Laupman, and their son she lives in a transformed ambulance-garage in Rotterdam. Photo Maarten Laupman

Dirk Jan Postel (Kraaijvanger)

Dirk Jan Postel (1957) has been a partner- architect of Kraaijvanger Architects since 1992. He was educated at the Delft University of Technology. Among his best known works are the Museum Voorlinden (Wassenaar, 2016), City Office (Utrecht 2015), The Dutch Ambassador’s Residence (Beijing 2007), Town Hall ‘s Hertogenbosch (2004) and the Glass House (Almelo 1997). Transparency, spatial compositions and visual connections are the key elements of his design, as well as a keen eye on detail.

Currently he is working on a large school campus (Lelystad), the extension of the British School (The Hague) and private housing. Kraaijvanger Architects was established in 1927 and became a large office during the reconstruction of Rotterdam after the war. Presently owned by 5 partners, the office is focusing on cradle-to-cradle and zero energy architecture. Photo Christian Richters

Simone Drost (Simone Drost ARCHITECTURE)

Simone Drost studied at the Willem de Kooning Art Academy and the Architectural Association in London. She worked with Michelle de Lucchi in Milan and Mecanoo architects. After her graduation she started Drost + van Veen architects. After a successful collaboration of 20 years, Simone started her own office in 2014: Simone Drost Architecture. Over the last 10 years, she focused on researching architecture in relation to nature. A few years ago she started studying Biomimicry, and now researches and works together with biologists, ecologists and sociologists. New collaborations of designers and scientists arise in “Planet Lab Architecture” founded by Simone Drost. She believes that when we reconnect with nature, we could learn and use its strategies to design resilient solutions for architecture assignments with the ‘beauty’ of nature. She realized projects like schools, theaters, museums,health care institutions, offices, infrastructure, residential and rehabilitation projects throughout the Netherlands. In Rotterdam you could visit her projects ‘Plaswijckpark’, ‘Waternetpontons’ (stations for public watertransport), children carecentre ‘Maximaal’, residential area ‘Nieuw Crooswijk’ and ‘House Hooidrift, a private house in CPO. Photo Roos Aldershoff

Michiel Riedijk (Neutelings Riedijk Architects)

Michiel Riedijk (Geldrop, 1964) is, with Willem Jan Neutelings, partner and principal architect of Neutelings Riedijk Architects.

Since the founding in 1992 Neutelings Riedijk Architects has realized multiple iconic private and public buildings like the City History Museum MAS in Antwerp, the Netherlands Institute for Sound and Vision in Hilversum, the Shipping and Transport College in Rotterdam and recently the Rozet Culturehouse in Arnhem and the Eemhuis in Amersfoort. Neutelings Riedijk is currently working on various projects including the Spuiforum Concerthall in The Hague and the Naturalis Biodiversity Museum in Leiden.

Michiel Riedijk lectures and teaches regularly at universities, academies and cultural institutions worldwide. Since September 2007 he is Chair of Public Building & Architectural Compositions of the Architectural Faculty of Delft University of Technology. 

Wessel de Jonge

Wessel de Jonge (1957) graduated in architecture at TU Delft, where he is the present professor in Heritage & Design. His studio has international recognition in adaptive re-use of recent architectural heritage. The master-planning of the Van Nelle Design Factory is probably his best known achievement. Other projects in Rotterdam include the conversion of the Jobsveem warehouses into apartments (with Mei architects), the Pincoffs Hotel and the HUF building.

He is currently involved with the former prison complex, the Forum Rotterdam shopping centre (with OMA), the rehabilitation of the 1958 Cité Modèle in Brussels, and the Helsinki Olympic Stadium (1938). Understanding place and history is part of our philosophy regarding the sustainability of our environment. In an architecture that is lucid and subtle, with sophisticated choices of materials and details, spaces are created where the occupants feel at ease. Wessel and his friend welcome you in their converted 19C town-house in the West of Rotterdam. Photo Raoul Suermondt

Juliette Bekkering (Bekkering Adams Architects)

Juliette Bekkering is Professor Architectural Design and Engineering at TU Eindhoven, and architect/founder at Bekkering Adams architects. 

Bekkering Adams architects is an international, dynamic and versatile office, looking and working towards a future society with an open mind. Bekkering Adams architects has realized eye catching and iconic buildings such as the Booster Pump Station in Amsterdam, Esprit Benelux head office, a 24/7 operational fire station and the municipality offices of Rotterdam Feyenoord. Research about the potential of public playgrounds for the public domain resulted in a design for Public Playground at the Müllerpier, Rotterdam. In 2014 Juliette Bekkering and Monica Adams were invited to exhibit at the architecture Biennale in Venice. At this moment a school campus in a green park setting is being build in Peer, Belgium and a zero carbon building in Brussels. Photographer Daria Scagliola – Scagliola Brakkee Fotografie

Martin Aarts

Martin Aarts studied Architecture in Delft (NL). He shortly worked at OMA and also shortly had his own office. Since 1984 he is working at the municipal urban planning authority of Rotterdam, where he has been managing the development of the Rotterdam centre. Since 2005 Martin is head of the department of spatial planning, and works as strategic advisor spatial planning.

Martin is a teacher at the Academy of Architecture in Rotterdam and at the Technical University in Delft. Martin and his wife Susanne Komossa live in the beautiful 'Provenierswijk' and are looking forward to welcome their guests.

Daria Scagliola (ScagliolaBrakkee)

Daria Scagliola is a photographer, specialized in photography of architecture and environmental planning. Her partner in work is Stijn Brakkee, they work together since 1990 and started ‘ScagliolaBrakkee’ in 1998. Cooperations with architects often result in books or other publications. ScagliolaBrakkee sees exploration of context, light, spatial quality and purpose of a certain location as part of their projects.

Daria Scagliola teaches documentary photography at art-academy AKV St Joost (Breda). Her partner in life is Jannes Linders, also photographer of architecture. They live with their two daughters in the center of Rotterdam. Photo Daria Scagliola

Willemijn Lofvers

Willemijn Lofvers is an architect, presently working on her PhD-research (TU Delft/ UGent) on the role of urban professionals in contemporary urban developments, such as transition processes, self-organization, etc. Part of her research is executed through the performance of the Stadsklas. This ‘Learning by going’ program for both professionals and students is at the same time a course in innovative urban planning and an action research model. Arguing that these changing roles and the different skills that accompany them are best studied in practice through a collective learning process – as they are often formed and adjusted within very specific processes and the locality of these cases of urban transformation. She runs her office in one of these transition areas in Rotterdam. Willemijn represents the Academy of Architecture in Rotterdam in the network lectureship Future Urban Regions. She and her 18-year-old daughter are looking forward to have you as a guest! Photo: SK3 Den Haag ‘Making do’.

Jeroen Hoorn

"The contemporary architect is a host. He’s well aware of who’s coming to visit. Does the guest want a short visit or a long stay? Will it be the suite or a bunk? The architect creates a room where the visitor feels at home, yet discovers new things. He is also aware of what the building wants. How to catch the essence of a place in a new round of design?"

Jeroen Hoorn is an architect like that. His playfield is Rotterdam. His office just outside of town in an old rectory, situated along the river Schie, looking over one of the country’s oldest polders. Some of Jeroen’s Rotterdam work: Skatepark Pavilion Westblaak, Atlantic Huis, Zes Pandjes, Slaakhuys and Uptown.

“Guardians of Emptiness” is what Jeroen and his wife, the artist Wibbine Kien call themselves: every few years they move their ateliers to another empty monument, where they set life to it and develop future plans. Right now they're guardening De Pastorie.  Artist’s impression: Penthouse Slaakhuys.


Madje Vollaers and Pascal Zwart started Studio VZ in 1991 as a design studio for interdisciplinary design and visual communication. VOLLAERSZWART explores the interaction between various disciplines such as architecture, sculpture, couture, culture and communication in public space. VOLLAERSZWART has realized various projects in the fields of art and design. It is at the intersection of these disciplines that the ideal situation is created for new visual scenarios to be developed. In the last 20 years VOLLAERSZWART have become established as designers for exhibitions and festivals with their haute sculpture approach to city dressing, exhibition design, public artworks, eye catchers and scenery.

Susanne Komossa

Susanne Komossa studied architecture in Delft (NL) where she also obtained her PhD degree. Since 2004 she works as an associate professor at the Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment, Delft University of Technology. There she heads the Architecture Research & PhD program ‘Architecture and City / Public Realm; composition & tectonics’. Moreover she teaches Master- and Graduation studies, theory seminars and lectures specifically on public building and colour in architecture. Internationally she operates as reviewer and lecturer. Next to these activities she is involved in conferences, for example the EAAE/ISUF ‘New Urban Configurations’ conference 2012, working on diverse publications and curating exhibitions like ‘The almost perfect urban block: towards a new urbanity’, the Dutch contribution to the 4rth Moscow Architecture Biennale 2014.(link)

Having run the architecture Rotterdam based firm Komossa architecten bna for almost 15 years at present she occasionally collaborates with young architects on private commissions. (link)

Marcel Musch

Marcel Musch (1966) is part of the Chair of Urbanism and Urban Architecture (UUA). He teaches urban design and architecture projects and is the coordinator of the Urban Lab design and research laboratory. He is also a independent urban design consultant in Rotterdam, the Netherlands. He graduated as an architect at the Delft University of Technology. He worked as a researcher on urban morphologies and housing typologies with Prof. Max Risselada. He has worked as an urban designer at several offices and at the Urban Planning Department of the City of Rotterdam. 

His current interests include Urban Heritage and Strategic Urban and Regional Design. Photo City of Rotterdam / Jan van de Ploeg

Like Bijlsma

Like Bijlsma is an architect and researcher. She published several books on housing, planning and city form. Together with Eireen Schreurs she is co-founder of SUB office, a design studio which works on small scale projects, like renovations, extensions and small housing projects. The kiosk Singeldingen (2012) in the Heemraadpark and the cooperative housing project Hooidrift (2017) are examples of self-initiated projects in the West of Rotterdam which were designed in close cooperation with the users. The architecture hosts new urban functions, like activities in the park, and specific housing typologies. The architectural language and composition connects to the 19th century urban context.

Like Bijlsma also works at the 'The Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency' (Planbureau voor de Leefomgeving). Besides that, she lectures regularly at universities. In 2013 she was a fellow professor at the architectural faculty of HMU Munchen. Together with her partner and two children she lives in the center of Rotterdam. Photo Ruben Dario Kleimeer

Maartje Lammers (EARTHbound)

Maartje Lammers graduated from T.U. of Delft in 1988. Before starting her own office EARTHbound architecture she shared 24H architecture with Boris Zeisser. Furthermore Maartje Lammers worked in several well-known architectural offices like EEA (Erick van Egeraat), Mecanoo and OMA (Rem Koolhaas).

Maartje has been involved in various sized projects. Recently a number of projects have been realized or are under construction, such as a Villa in Cadzand, the Watertower in Domburg or the Environmental Education Centre in Assen (@24H). Currently EARTHbound is working on series of wooden houses in Rotterdam and a mini resort in the Phillipines. Being able to have realised all these wonderful procect on the most pristine and outstanding locations on this earth, my birthbround and homeland is my biggest accomplishment. In the 25 years of experience I have embedded my roots in learning, creating and building with nature and its inhabitants.

Marc Verheijen

Marc Verheijen was lucky to choose the wrong education! As a traffic engineer he discovered there was more than organising flows. Getting his master degree in architecture gave him the advantage of a dual education. As a designer with traffic engineering and an architectural background, he developed a wide range of experiences in the world port city of Rotterdam. He has a unique view on design of infrastructure and public facilities. Interrupted with a two year sidestep as chef de bureau at OMA, he has been working for more then 25 years for the city of Rotterdam. Originally as a designer of infrastructure, lately as the city architect. His practice consists of designing bridges, subway stations, schools, etc, and advising on architectural selections, architecture policy, master planning, etc. He combines this position with a position as professor of infratecture, integral design of infrastructure, at the Rotterdam University of Applied Science at the RDM-campus. In his world, infrastructure is an integral part of society that we create and design together. Photo Marc Verheijen

plein06 (Filippus van Leeuwen)

Filippus van Leeuwen is senior designer landscape and urbanism at plein06. Educated in the profession of landscape design (Larenstein, Tuin- & landschapsinrichting (2000) and Academie van Bouwkunst Amsterdam, Landscape Design (2003)), Filippus learned the discipline of urban design in practice. He likes to operate at the transition of the disciplines landscape and urbanism.

Plein06 is an office for landscape, urban design and strategy. At plein06, we dare to dream, but focus on reality. We connect smart process-thinking with a powerful design of the urban landscape. Our designs are founded on three pillars: human, urban and landscape. From the start of the creative process, we incorporate actual themes as climate adaption, nature-inclusivity, mobility and energy. In all this, social aspects as encountering, bonding and the human scale are integrated. Photo: Wevershof, Wilgenrijk (Maassluis) – Joep van Aert

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