prof. ir. Kees Kaan

In 2014 Kees Kaan founded KAAN Architecten together with partners Vincent Panhuysen and Dikkie Scipio, after collaborating with Felix Claus for 25 years as Claus en Kaan Architecten. 

He has built up a national and international range of projects, urban planning, architecture and interior design, among which in the last five years the won competitions for the master plan El Prat de Llobregat in Barcelona, the Chambre des Métiers et de l’Artisanat in Lille, the Royal Museum of Fine Arts in Antwerp and the Pharmacy building on the campus of the University of Granada. 

Realized projects include the Supreme Court of The Netherlands, Provinciehuis Noord-Brabant and the multiple awards winning the Crematorium Heimolen in Sint-Niklaas, Belgium, the Netherlands Forensic Institute in The Hague, awarded with the Lensvelt De Architect Interior Prize, and the Royal Netherlands Embassy in Maputo, Mozambique. Various books and exhibitions have been dedicated to his body of work. 

Kees Kaan has been a practice professor of Architectural Design (Chair of Materialization) at the Delft University of Technology since 2006. In 2012 he founded a new Chair ‘Complex Projects’. The ambition of this program is to develop analytical and critical thinking skills on any scale projects in the city, merging knowledge from the different fields of architecture and urbanism.  


As well as taking on a range of peripheral activities, he is an international lecturer and member of various juries and boards both in the Netherlands and abroad, in cities like Barcelona, Berlin, Dublin, Madrid, Mexico City, Paris, Split, São Paulo, Brasilia, Novosibirsk and Tokyo. 


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Ir. Henri van Bennekom

Henri van Bennekom (1964) graduated cum laude from TU Delft faculty of Architecture, and graduated from the Amsterdamse Technische Hogeschool. He has worked primarily as a designer/project leader on large public buildings, such as the headquarters of ‘De Nederlandsche Bank’ in Amsterdam, The European Patent Office in The Hague (at A+D+P Architecten), the Netherlands Forensic Institute in the Hague (with Claus en Kaan Architecten), and the Courts of Justice in Zwolle (for the Governmental Building Agency). Henri van Bennekom is founding partner of the architectural firm ‘VBVP Architecten’, mainly designing private residences in The Netherlands and The United States. Together with Kees Kaan he is responsible for the Chair of complex projects. 

Dr. Olindo Caso



Olindo Caso graduated at the Faculty of Architecture of the University of Naples ‘Federico II’ (1988, with honourable mention). In 1990 he began collaborating with the Delft University of Technology (TU Delft), the Netherlands, where in 1999 he achieved his Ph.D. defending a dissertation about the impact of ICT applications for the design of spatial settings. Presently he is part of the ‘Complex Projects’ Group at the Department of Architecture of the TU Delft, and a member of the research group ‘Architecture and the City’. At TU Delft Olindo is engaged in master education and research activities. In doing this, Urban Architectre and Hybrid Buildings are the guiding theme’s. Main specific research interests relate to the architecture of the infrastructure, in particular the cultural infrastructure and the infrastructure of mobility. Olindo Caso is a specialist in multidisciplinary research. He is the author of (international) publications and research reports, among which Architettura contemporanea: Olanda (Milan:Motta, 2009) and ATLAS. Makerspaces in Public Libraries in the Netherlands (Delft: TU Open, 2019).

Negar Sanaan Bensi

Negar Sanaan Bensi is an architect, educator, and researcher. She holds a Ph.D. in History and Theory of Architecture from TU Delft and she is a UKNA fellow.She received an honorable mention in the National Archiprix 2011 in the Netherlands for her graduation project ' Space of the Voids: Space of Remembrance and Forgetfulness'. Her research focuses on the relation between architecture and territory, infrastructure, and inhabitation, specifically in the context of the Iranian Plateau and the Middle East. She has taught at TU Delft, Tilburg Fontys and Rotterdam Academy, Syracuse University NYC, and lectured at the University of Antwerp and IIAS in Leiden. She is part of the editorial board of the Footprint Journal and together with dr. Francesco Marullo, the co-editor of the Issue of Footprint #23: The Architecture of Logistics. Her recent publication is “The Qanat System: A Reflection on the Heritage of the Extraction of Hidden Waters” in Adaptive Strategies for Water Heritage edited by Carola Hein. She is part of the research group "Borders & Territories" in the Architecture Department at TU Delft.  She has experience in practice individually and in collaboration with several offices such as ZUS [Zone Urbaine Sensible], Import. Export Architecture, VOF Korteknie Stuhlmacher Architecten, and GFC.

Hrvoje Šmidihen

Hrvoje Smidihen, after graduating the Master of Architecture and Urban Planning at the Technical University Delft in 2014 (with honourable mention), he joined Rotterdam based DOMAIN office. He is currently Architect at KAAN Architecten. 


His final graduation project was nominated for Archi Prix. Prior to his studies in Delft, he did undergraduate program at the Faculty of Architecture in Zagreb and worked in Croatian office STUDIO UP. He teaches architecture graduation studio at TU Delft. 

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Dr. Manuela Triggianese

Manuela Triggianese (1987) is Assistant Professor at the Department of Architecture at the Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment. She coordinates the master program for the Chair of Complex Projects. Graduated with honours in Architecture from the University of Campania Luigi Vanvitelli in Italy, in 2014 she obtained the doctoral degree at the Faculty of Architecture in Venice (IUAV). In 2015 she worked as visiting researcher at the Beijing Technical University. Since 2016 she collaborates with Amsterdam Institute for Advanced Metropolitan Solutions and TU Delft Deltas Infrastructure Mobility Initiative. Her research results have been published in journals and international conference proceedings. In the role of Editor-in-Chief, she recently published the book Stations as Nodes (TU Delft Open, 2018).


Yang Zhang is a Rotterdam based architect. She graduated as post-master on Architecture and Urban Design from The Berlage in 2015. She works as project leader in KAAN Architecten, projects scale from interior to urban planning, mainly in Europe and Asia.

She is also involved in curation and design for exhibitions and magazines, like “FLOWCITY” in Shenzhen Biennale, WA magazine <non-Super Dutch>, etc (as main responsible). Since 2017, she has been teaching the architecture master program in Complex Projects.


Paul Cournet is an architect at OMA*AMO. After studying at Bordeaux Architecture School (Fr) and Paris La Villette Architecture School (Fr), Paul joined OMA in 2010. He has been working on a series of projects currently under construction including the future exhibition and congress center PEX in Toulouse and the renovation of Kaufhaus des Westens (KaDeWe) in Berlin. Built projects which Paul worked on include the cultural foundation for Galeries Lafayette in Paris (2018), the Alexis de Tocqueville library in Caen (2017), the Repossi flagship store on Place Vendôme in Paris (2016). 


Paul also works within AMO, the think-tank branch of OMA. Projects Paul worked on include the Palermo Atlas, an urban study on Palermo for the art biennale Manifesta 12 (2018), fashion shows and exhibitions for the brand Prada, the Panda exhibit for the 2016 Olso Architecture Triennale, Monditalia a multi-disciplinary exhibition for the 14tharchitecture Venice Biennale (2014), Chronicles of a creative journey an exhibition on Galeries Lafayette (2012) and (Im)pur, (In)formal, (Un)built (2011). Paul has been a visiting professor in several universities including the Architectural Association in London (UK), the Architecture School of Versailles (Fr), the Architecture School of Paris la Villette (Fr). Since 2015, Paul is a visiting lecturer at TU Delft (Nl).

Stefan de Koning

Stefan de Koning graduated as an interior architect and designer from the Gerrit Rietveld Academie Amsterdam in 2001, after obtaining a degree in industrial and architectural design from the Design Academy Eindhoven in 1998. Since 2002 he joined MVRDV and became a registered architect. As senior project leader he is active on both the front and back side of the office. Within the projects he monitors the design process and is also responsible for the planning and communication. Since 2014 he is a tutor Masters in Architecture at the TU Delft. 

Ir. Yagiz Soylev

Yağız Söylev is a Rotterdam-based architect.
He received his Master degree in architecture with honours from TU Delft in 2018. He attained a BArch degree at Istanbul Technical University in 2014. Currently, he is a lecturer and researcher at the chair of Complex Projects at Delft University of Technology.

He is the associate curator of Vardiya/The Shift which is presented at the Pavilion of Turkey, in the 16th International Architecture Exhibition, la Biennale di Venezia in 2018. He is the co-author of the TWTRATE project which was exhibited in the 2. Istanbul Design Biennial in 2014. Soylev collaborated in the FLOWCITY project in Shenzhen Biennial in 2019.

His work experience includes practising at KAAN Architecten, Netherlands and KPM - Kerem Piker Mimarlık, Turkey. He collaborated in Akyazı Cultural Center Project, which received the Best Project Prize in the 15th National Architecture Awards in Turkey. In 2017, He has taken a part in “The Productive Heart of New-Ulm”, which received the Neu-Ulm First Prize in Europan 14.

His research interests include biopolitics of architecture, the power of architecture as a tool of control in everyday life. He investigates the changing role of the architect in the contemporary practice and his master thesis primarily focuses on the commoning practices and the open architectural design strategies in the context of the informal settlements of Valparaiso, Chile. 

Ir. Jelmer van Zalingen

Jelmer van Zalingen completed his Masters of Architecture at the Delft University of Technology in 2017 with honors. His graduation work was nominated for the ArchiPrix. He has been working since at the chair of Complex Projects is involved in the graduation lab teaching activities. Jelmer has organized a series of events and exhibitions for the chair of Complex Projects including working as an editor for the AMS 2050 future catalog publication.


Jelmer is currently a practicing architect at the office of KAAN Architecten in Rotterdam, where he has been involved as an architect on multiple projects, including the New Schiphol Terminal project.


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