Making MVRDV’s bold, innovative architecture requires their designers to push the limits of technological possibilities. As a group of in-house specialists, MVRDV NEXT develops and implements computational workflows and new technologies. Through a mixture of project-based work and standalone research, they rationalise designs, speed up processes and make projects more efficient and adaptable in the face of change. Currently, MVRDV NEXT focuses on the development of visionary tools that help cities become more dense, more green and more resilient. Their methods allow us to explore a future that is equitable, data-driven, and green.
“Our projects are more than designs; they are solutions to specific challenges. Being able to strive for continuous improvement through exploration is what I love about what we do at MVRDV.”
Senior Associate and Architect Sanne van der Burgh (NL) leads multiple teams within MVRDV, realizing projects of various scales, phases, and across several continents. Sanne played an integral role in high profile MVRDV projects including the Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen Depot, the refurbishment of the Lyon Part Dieu shopping center, and a visionary project for revitalizing New Delhi’s sanitation and infrastructure: Barapullah Springs. Sanne is a versatile architect with demonstrated design achievements. Named one of 25 young architects to watch in 2019 and winner of World Architecture News 2021 Female Frontier Award in the “Innovation in Architecture” category. With her personal fascination for computational workflows and methodologies, she championed MVRDV NEXT (link to website), an in-house R&D group that focuses on development and implementation of cutting-edge technologies in MVRDV’s projects. A dedicated advocate for environmental awareness in architecture, urbanism, and our daily lives, Sanne believes in the capacity of design to inspire and have a positive impact on people and their surroundings.
“The design process is very emotional and irrational, yet the products we make are evaluated on rationality and efficiency. By making cutting-edge technology accessible to designers through tools and collaboration, architectural design can promote optimisation and efficiency, while at the same time creating beautiful, inspirational, and playful things we all love.”
Boudewijn Thomas (NL) is a Computational design specialist and project leader for MVRDV NEXT. Leveraging his passion for both digital and architectural design, Boudewijn has been involved in such groundbreaking designs as Valley in Amsterdam, in which he helped world-renowned engineering experts, ARUP, automate and generate the building’s complex façade tiling pattern, drawing more than 40.000 tiles over 10.000 m2 of façade surface with speed, accuracy, and efficiency. A well-rounded designer and fueled by this diverse experience, Boudewijn has ambition to apply new technologies in the design process for both himself and his fellow architects, taking a leap into the future of what it means to design.
Scheldebouw is dedicated to delivering iconic, skyline-changing buildings and developing the best possible solution to each unique architectural challenge. It is their goal to find the perfect balance among architecture, performance, cost and programme for our clients. Scheldebouw’s ability to assist leading architects from the very early stages all the way to successful completion allows them to deliver high-performance envelopes and to be the ideal partner to develop innovative solutions.
Hans Jansen has been working for Scheldebouw since 2005. Before that he studied at TU Delft and has a masters degree in Building Technology. He has a broad experience as a façade designer, design manager and as Lead Concept Designer in the past years. Hans is involved in the early stages of projects and responsible for façade design development starting from the initial concept to the successful testing and finally the execution of complex façades. He has been involved in projects on a global scale, including cities like London, Amsterdam, New York, Boston, Stockholm and Budapest. He was Lead Concept designer for the Headquarters of Booking.com in Amsterdam, Shard Place in London, MOL Campus in Budapest, International Quarter London projects, Bankside Yards Building 2 in London.
Peter Kaijser completed his Masters in Architectural Engineering from TU Delft and has been part of Scheldebouw for six years. First five years as a Design Engineer in the design office and in the past year is now a Process Engineer for production. As a Process Engineer his personal goal is to improve the efficiency of production and innovate where possible. He has been part of projects such as New York City’s 425 Park Avenue and London’s ‘the Scalpel’. He is currently involved in the challenging production of double curved panels for the MOL Campus in Budapest, HU.
Witteveen+Bos is a multidisciplinary engineering and consultancy firm. Innovative and reliable solutions are our answer to complex issues in the areas of water, infrastructure, environment and construction. We distinguish ourselves with our comprehensive approach to these types of challenges. Collaboration is part of our corporate culture. We develop broadly supported solutions by combining specialist engineering expertise and knowledge of processes and procedures – solutions that will result in sustainable, climate-robust urban environments where people can live and work safely. Anywhere in the world.
Graduated from the TU Delft Masters in Building Technology in 2017, Janet van de Wetering has a profound interest in creating sustainable and comfortable buildings. As a building physics engineer at Witteveen+Bos, she works on various projects at different stages such as brainstorming sessions on sustainability concepts for a sports and swimming complex to the detailed calculations and simulations of architectural details for a residence tower. In her role as adviser she hopes to inspire the client to always take the next step towards an energy-neutral building by using the right balance between the building envelope and installations.
Peter Swier is an alumnus of the Faculty of Architecture at Delft University of Technology and received his Masters in Architectural Engineering. The energy transition is a task that motivates him enormously. It requires consultants with a broad view and integral approach, knowledge of many disciplines and an eye for the interests of all stakeholders. Peter is such a consultant with his background as engineer and strategic advisor. This enables him to act as a liaison between different disciplines at different levels. He has worked on a variety of projects within the energy transition, from the sustainable renovation of the city hall in Zwolle to a Regional Energy Strategy (RES) and Transition Vision Warmth (TVW).
Nieman Raadgevende Ingenieurs strives to design buildings and the surrounding environment with consideration of safety, sustainability, and comfort in mind during the design and construction process. By combining theoretical and practical knowledge, Nieman engineers make a noticeable contribution to an optimal design: robust quality, cost-effectiveness and good constructional details. With projects around the Netherlands focused on sustainability and smart material use, they strive to share and integrate new innovations that improve human health within the building and assist clients to reach sustainable goals within the building envelope and functions.
Sanneke Schiphorst works as a Specialist in Energy and Sustainability at Nieman. After graduating at the Faculty of Architecture in Delft she worked as an architect and a building physicist. At Nieman, Sanneke helps to realize client’s sustainable ambitions for building projects. By calculating and evaluating energy and material performances and as a BREEAM- and GPR-Expert, Sanneke assesses the integral sustainability design of buildings and their surroundings. Sanneke’s mission is to connect the dots and to see the unique opportunities in every project with the context of energy use and sustainability. Sanneke Schiphorst works as a Specialist in Energy and Sustainability at Nieman. After graduating at the Faculty of Architecture in Delft she worked as an architect and a building physicist. At Nieman, Sanneke helps to realize client’s sustainable ambitions for building projects. By calculating and evaluating energy and material performances and as a BREEAM- and GPR-Expert, Sanneke assesses the integral sustainability design of buildings and their surroundings. Sanneke’s mission is to connect the dots and to see the unique opportunities in every project with the context of energy use and sustainability.
Mustafa Nazari is a building physicist and sustainability advisor at Nieman. He graduated in 2017 from the Faculty of Architecture in Delft as a building engineer. Aiming to deliver thoughtful and intentional spaces that enhance health and well-being in buildings, Mustafa advises the clients how to better connect the physical building environment and context to human health of users. In addition, by focusing on building circularity, an essential aspect of the built environment, Mustafa strives to find a common goal among all aspects of a building’s lifecycle to create a sustainable living environment for the people and the planet.
As a Building Physics & Sustainability Engineer, Maria Sara Di Maggio have built up awareness of the challenges and the process with regards to integrated sustainable design on various scales. Her competencies ranges from thermal comfort, daylight and energy simulations to the scale of sustainable certifications like LEED and WELL standards. Maria’s transversal experience of the technical aspects and use of simulations tools such IES-VE, coupled with comfort and wellbeing schemes enabled her to interpret projects briefs and develop creative solutions.
Building Physics Engineer, Ifigeneia Papathanasiou’s growing interest in buildings from the user’s point of view, such as thermal and visual comfort, drove her to gain a wide spectrum of building physics while persuading a master degree at TU Delft. During the first steps of her career, she worked in multicultural and multidisciplinary environments in Italy, Brazil and Greece where she developed her skills in sustainability and energy efficiency concepts in the built environment. Currently, working at ABT, she has the opportunity to develop her skills as a consultant by adding value to projects that strive for healthy buildings with a critical view of the environment.
Lorenzo is an energy engineer with more than 10 years experience in the field of sustainability, building physics, urban physics and fluid dynamics. He has a strong passion for architecture, urbanism and science. Lorenzo joined ABT in 2018 and he is involved in the Oosterhoff Group’s Quake innovation centre (Urban), ABT’s Urban Engineering group as well as in the Building Physics, Sustainability and Computational Solutions groups. Lorenzo’s team develops concepts, knowledge and tools to support the design of healthier and successful buildings and cities. His ambition is to help clients turn the urban environment (and its buildings) into a more sustainable and pleasant living environment, while optimizing the use of natural and economic resources. Lorenzo spent the first half of his career in academia, carrying on research in the field of environmental flows, specifically wind, and obtained a PhD in wind energy at the TUDelft Faculty of Aerospace Engineering.
Julius Klatte is senior architect at Paul de Ruiter Architects. He has wide experience ranging from large-scale complex projects, residential developments, renovation of listed buildings and private homes, up to furniture design and product development. Julius is responsible for a variety of Paul de Ruiter Architects’ sustainable large-scale projects, and is hands-on from tenders and concept design through to building completion. Among these projects are Lelystad Airport’s passenger terminal, the iconic Tree Bridge in Amstelveen and the Waldorp Four residential towers in The Hague. The diversity of challenges presented by projects like these triggers a broad view beyond the architectural discipline, inspires endless curiosity and drives creative and analytical thinking to find bespoke solutions. Julius studied at TU Delft and holds Masters degrees in both Architecture and Building Technology.
Jolien Bruin began her architectural studies in 2006 at Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e), finishing her bachelor’s degree with an internship at Smith & Thompson Architects in New York. She continued her studies with a master’s degree in architecture, also at the TU/e, where she graduated cum laude in 2013. She subsequently joined B+M Den Haag, where she received a solid grounding in the more technical aspects of the discipline. Jolien gained further experience at Marks Barfield Architects in London, where she worked on detailing and construction packages of Europe’s first “eco-mosque”, recently nominated for the 2021 Stirling Prize. At UNStudio in Amsterdam she was part of the team working on the execution of the new Booking.com campus. Since 2019, Jolien has been part of the Paul de Ruiter Architects team. Here, she’s worked on several projects, predominately in later phases of building, focusing on high quality detailing to bring designs to life. Her main project has been the development of the Nature’s Pride extension, a BREEAM excellent distribution center near Rotterdam, which is due to be delivered later this month.
Professor for more than 28 years and currently the Chair of Design Informatics at TU Delft, with a focus on computational intelligence in Design and Architecture, Design Configuration and Performance Assessment, as well as Integral-collaborative Design. Sevil has also been the advisor of the Dutch Ministry of Spatial Planning and Environment and advisor of the Ministry of Social Affairs in the Netherlands and founder of DEWIS (Delft Women in Science) Network and initiator of the collaboration between Dutch and Turkish Universities. Sevil has been chosen as one of the: “50 most influential Turks in the Netherlands”, “20 Colorful Talent in Science”, “Top 10 women” in the Netherlands. She has more than 200 scientific publications.
Paul is part of Buro Happold’s Berlin office since 2018 after running his own consultancy specialising in high-performance and sustainable buildings in South Africa. Over the last 20 years, Paul has developed specialist experience in passive and low energy design and thermal comfort strategies for a wide range of building typologies including offices, residential projects, laboratories, schools, universities and hotels, in a range of locations and climates. He brings inventive pragmatism to the architectural design process, that extends beyond traditional discipline thinking, and assists with what is often an unusual but workable design solution. He is also a regular lecturer at academic institutions, such as TU Munich and Cape Town, and conferences, and actively participates in the publication of research focusing on bridging academia and application.
A licensed architect, Job teaches at the chair of Architectural Engineering in TU Delft where he leads the ‘Seismic Graduation Studio’. Job also teaches at the chair of Building Technology where he leads the course ‘Extreme’ which deals with integral design in extreme climates. He is founder of September architectuur as well as being on the board of Booosting. He worked on many complex buildings such as museums (Fries Museum in Leeuwarden, Brabants Museum in ‘s-Hertogenbosch, Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam, Anne Frank Museum in Amsterdam) and concert buildings (Metropool in Hengelo, Ziggo Dome in Amsterdam).
Professor of Climate Design & Sustainability with the Faculty of Architecture & the Built Environment at TU Delft, Andy is also chair of the scientific advisory board of NL Greenlabel and sits on the general board of the Dutch Green Building Council. He advises the government on energy transition. Andy has led and conducted many research projects on energy, climate and sustainability in the built environment, among which is City-zen (on energy transition). He was faculty advisor to the TU Delft team for the Solar Decathlon Europe competition in Versailles, 2014, which won five prizes. The team’s Prêt-à-Loger house is the world’s most sustainable terraced house. Andy lectures nationally and internationally and conducts research in sustainability, most notably on sustainable energy solutions, adaptation to climate change and approaches to circularity.