Jacob van Rijs

Jacob van Rijs, architect and urban planner is one the founding principals of MVRDV, an interdisciplinary studio that works at the intersection of architecture and urbanism. With Winy Maas and Nathalie de Vries, the award-winning practice was set up over two decades ago and has established an international identity with a wide-variety of building typologies and scales that are self-generated, innovative, experimental and theoretical.

Jacob’s design ethos reflects an approach concerned with context and humanism as applied to the built environment. This approach informs projects he leads on including residential, social housing, cultural and civic buildings——such as Casa Kwantes in Schiedam, Mirador social housing in Madrid, the Danish Rock Museum in Roskilde, the community centre, KU.BE in Copenhagen and Matsudai Cultural Center in Matsudai.

Jacob is Professor at the Technical University of Berlin and has taught both undergraduate and graduate level at Tongji University Shanghai, Technical University Munich, Technical University Delft, University of Wismar, ETSAM University Madrid, Royal Academy of Arts Copenhagen, Tokyo Institute of Technology and Rice University, Houston. He has been chairman of the Archiprix since 2016 and was appointed Board Member of the Dutch Trade Board in 2014.

 Image: Barbra Verbij