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. 


Roswitha Abraham
Ir. Alessandro Arcangeli
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. 

Charlotte Heesbeen
Ir. Iskander Pané

Iskandar Pané is a researcher at Architectural Analyses. He has a degree in architecture from TU Delft (ir.) and is parttime researcher TU Delft since 2001. From 2001 until 2006 he was Architect at the office De Nijl Architecten , and wworks since 2006 at KAW Architecten en adviseurs.


Participant in project: AP-4. Mapping Randstad Holland

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. 

Ir. Hans Stotijn

Dr. Manuela Triggianese

Manuela Triggianese (1987) graduated with honours in Architecture from the University of Campania Luigi Vanvitelli. She is lecturer, researcher and coordinator of the master program for the Chair of Complex Projects at Delft University of Technology. Since 2016 she is developing research projects with Amsterdam Institute for Advanced Metropolitan Solutions and TU Delft Deltas Infrastructure Mobility Initiative.In her role as a fellow of the Urban Knowledge Network Asia (UKNA), in 2015 she conducted research and teaching activities in China at the Beijing University of Technology. In 2014 she obtained the doctoral degree from the IUAV in Venice. Since she moved to the Netherlands, she collaborates with KAAN Architecten. 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). She speaks fluently French, English, Spanish, Italian.

Guest Teachers


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).

Stefanos Filippas

Stefanos Filippas received his Master degree in Architecture with honours from the University of Thessaly in Greece in 2012. 

Since 2011 he has been working for Austria and Netherlands based office TD architects. His work besides architecture, focuses on visual journalism and multi-layered information essays. These essays have been published in Mark and GEO magazines.  


He has participated in architecture, design and art exhibitions like Milan Furniture Fair (Milan, 2012), Venice Architecture Biennale (Venice, 2012), Dutch Design week (Eindhoven, 2013), Future Fictions Z33 (Hasselt, 2014) and Bi-City Biennale of Urbanism\ Architecture (Shenzhen, 2015). 

Sebastian Janusz

Sebastian Janusz is a project architect with 15 years of professional experience with well regarded architectural practices including Rem Koolhaas/ Office for Metropolitan Architecture, UNStudio, NL Architects and Herman Hertzberger. After being classically trained as a pianist and composer in Poland and Russia from the age of five, he studied architecture in Poland and Germany and completed his masters degree at the Amsterdam Academy of Architecture, The Netherlands. He is visiting lecturer at The Royal Academy of Art in The Hague and at the Minerva Art Academy in Groningen and visiting critic at the Amsterdam Academy of Architecture and at the TU Delft. 

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. 

Alexander Pols

Alexander Pols (Rotterdam, 1973) studied Architecture at the TU Delft and South Bank University in London. After graduating, he worked for several German offices in Berlin. Since 1998 he has worked at the Berlin architectural office of Prof. Hans Kollhoff and in 2000 started the Dutch branch of the agency. He teaches at the Technical University of Delft and the Rotterdam Academy of Architecture. Alexander is based in The Hague on various projects for Hans Kollhoff and Pols & Baranowski Architecten. 

ir. Albert Takashi Richters

Albert Takashi Richters is a freelance architect operating predominantly from Rotterdam. 

Richters attained his Master degree in Architecture with honourable mention in 2010. Next to his own design work, Richters has collaborated with small studios such as Inter.National.Design, Studio Oblique (Samir Bantal), and MAKS (Marieke Kums).  


Since 2012 Richters is co-founder of POST--OFFICE - an observatory and platform for the state of contemporary architecture in Rotterdam. Richters sees P--O as an alternative space for academic achievement in the design field. For P--O, which has a predominantly international character, he works closely with the municipality to embed the platform within the context of Rotterdam. He currently tutors the MSc1 Anatomy of a Landmark studio. 

Yagiz Soylev


ir. H. J. Engel

Henk Engel is an associate professor in the department of Architecture. He has an degree in architecture from TU Delft (ir.) and is partner De Nijl Architecten since 1980. He is teaching and researcher at the TU Delft since 1971, and has publications on Modern Architecture and Urban Studies. Furthermore he is an editor of OverHolland, Architectural Studies for the Dutch City, since 2004 and is preparing a PhD dissertation.


Participant in project: project leader of: AP-4. Mapping Randstad Holland

ir. D.A. de Waaijer

Arnoud de Waaijer (1974) studied architecture at the Delft University of Technology, graduating with a proposal for a railway station in Dordrecht that emphasised urban analysis and urban transformation through architectural intervention. Since 2008 he has been a researcher at the Delft University of Technology’s Faculty of Architecture where he has been involved in the Mapping Randstad Holland research project and the Atlas of the Urbanisation of the Netherlands (11th-21st centuries) in collaboration with the Cultural Heritage Agency of the Netherlands. Arnoud is currently enrolled in the Villard d’ Honnecourt PhD. Program at the IUAV- TU Delft and preparing a dissertation with the title THE FORMATION OF A RAND’STAD’ METROPOLIS: transit infrastructures, railway locations and architecture’on the critical aspects of the assignment of Transit Oriented Development in the northern Randstad and the role of architecture.


Participant in project: AP-4. Mapping Randstad Holland 


Holly Dale
Ian Omumbwa