KAAN Architecten is a Rotterdam and São Paulo based architectural firm operating in a global context and merging practical and academic expertise within the fields of architecture, urbanism and research on the built environment.

The studio, led by Kees Kaan, Vincent Panhuysen and Dikkie Scipio, consists of an international team of architects, landscape architects, urban planners, engineers and graphic designers.

KAAN Architecten believes in cross-pollination between projects and disciplines as an essential tool to foster a critical debate within the studio. Since the launch of the firm, KAAN Architecten has handled and supervised a wide range of projects, actively working with the private and the public sector, with project teams that become increasingly multidisciplinary and dynamic. KAAN Architecten maintains a culture of constant evolution, which is essential in a profession that changes at a rapid pace. KAAN Architecten seeks to uphold long-term relationships with its clients, consultants and partners.

KAAN Architecten’s projects transcend the traditional notion of scale and typology, ranging from furniture and interiors to urban development and from retail and offices to museums and buildings for health and education.

Founders

Kees Kaan founded KAAN Architecten in 2014 together with partners Vincent Panhuysen and Dikkie Scipio, and previously in 1987 he founded Claus en Kaan Architecten together with Felix Claus.

Kaan graduated in architecture at Delft University of Technology in 1987.

Examples of his work are the Netherlands Forensic Institute in The Hague, the Royal Fine Arts Museum in Antwerp and the Supreme Court of the Netherlands in The Hague.

Kaan is currently Chair of the department of Complex Projects at the faculty of Architecture at Delft University of Technology. His research focuses on large complex projects that characterize rapid global urbanization.

Kaan is an international lecturer and sits on various juries and boards, both in the Netherlands and abroad. Numerous books and exhibitions have been dedicated to his body of work.

Vincent Panhuysen founded KAAN Architecten in 2014 together with partners Kees Kaan and Dikkie Scipio. Previously he joined the office of Claus en Kaan Architecten in 1997 and participated as a partner from 2002 on.

Panhuysen began his training at the Amsterdam Technical School for Wood and Furniture Crafts, continued his studies at the School of the Arts in Utrecht and the Rotterdam Academy of Architecture. This unique education allows Panhuysen to control the entire process of building from concept to detailing.

Panhuysen projects range from furniture to urban planning. Panhuysen leads his projects from the initial concept to completion, such as the Dutch Embassy in Mozambique and the Education Centre Erasmus in Rotterdam.

Dikkie Scipio founded KAAN Architecten in 2014 together with partners Kees Kaan and Vincent Panhuysen. Previously from 1995, she was an associate of Claus en Kaan Architecten and a partner from 2002 on.

Scipio studied applied arts and interior design at the Royal Academy of Art in The Hague after which she was trained as an architect at the Rotterdam Academy of Architecture.

Scipio’s training allows her to lead work, which ranges in scale from large-scale master plans to furniture and interior design, from initial concept to execution. Scipio’s unique experience has allowed her to ovesee the office’s work with the transformation and restoration of existing monuments, such as The Royal Museum of Fine Art in Antwerp, Belgium.

Team

Holger Achterholt / Andreas Alevras / Shannon Anderson / Alessandro Arcangeli / Allard Assies / Michael Baas / Beatrice Bagnara / Bas Barendse / Tjerk de Boer / Diana Boogaart / Koen Bosman / Dennis Bruijn / Sebastiaan Buitenhuis / Maicol Cardelli / Timo Cardol / Alice Colombo / Jana Culek / Sebastian van Damme / Marten Dashorst / Marco (Peixe) D'Elia) / Luuk Dietz / Paolo Faleschini / Di Fang / Raluca Firicel / Michael Geensen / Renata Gilio / Lisa Goes / Cristina Gonzalo Cuairán / Narine Gyulkhasyan / Joost Harteveld / Walter Hoogerwerf / Marlon Jonkers / Jan Teunis ten Kate / Lianne Klitsie / Jasmijn Kok / Moritz Kühl / Wouter Langeveld / Marco Lanna / Antony Laurijsen / Yinghao Lin / Sandra Loeve / Nicki van Loon / Martina Margini / Mariana Mariano / Ricardo Marmorato / Loes Martens / Johandry Martina / Marija Mateljan / Giuseppe Mazzaglia / Julian O'Neale / Hannes Ochmann / Laura Ospina / Giulia Rapizza / Cécile Sanchez / Katarzyna Seweryn / Floris Sikkel / Christian Sluijmer / Hrvoje Šmidihen / Joeri Spijkers / Quan Sun / Aldo Trim / Pauline Trochu / Yiannis Tsoskounoglou / Clémence Vallée / Niels Vernooij / Claudia Vermeulen / Mieke Vink / Lin Wang / Rianne Weerdmeester / Lais Xavier / Jelmer van Zalingen / Yang Zhang
Awards / Publications / Exhibitions

2017

DEDALO MINOSSE INTERNATIONAL PRIZE AWARDS EDUCATION CENTER ERASMUS MC

The Education Center Erasmus MC has been awarded an honourable mention by the Dedalo Minosse International Prize. KAAN Architecten and Erasmus MC received the prize in Vicenza (Italy) on June 23rd. On the same day an exhibition featuring all the winners was opened in the Palazzo Chiericati, the exhibition will travel worldwide in the upcoming — read more

SUPREME COURT AT BORNEO ARCHITECTURE CENTER IN AMSTERDAM

Starting from March 9th, 2017, the exhibition “​Daglicht Architectuur” at the Borneo Architecture Center in Amsterdam will feature all winners of the Daylight Award including the Supreme Court of the Netherlands. The project will be presented by Vincent Panhuysen in a lecture during the opening evening.

SUPREME COURT NOMINATED FOR MIES VAN DER ROHE AWARD 2017

The Supreme Court of the Netherlands in The Hague has been nominated for the biennial European Union Prize for Contemporary Architecture – Mies van der Rohe Award 2017 along with other 355 projects.

2016

A LECTURE AND EXHIBITION IN GUADALAJARA

On Tuesday December 13th, 2016 starting from 7 PM, Kees Kaan will give a lecture at Galería Tiro al Blanco, a new exhibition and cultural space in Guadalajara (Mexico). At the same time a photographic exhibition will illustrate KAAN Architecten’s projects.

WHERE MODERN JUSTICE LIVES

“Where Modern Justice Lives”, curated by architect Elsie Owusu OBE of the Supreme Court Arts Trust, will feature Supreme Court of the Netherlands by KAAN Architecten. The show will encourage visitors to reflect on the role that court buildings have in supporting public confidence in democracy and the rule of law.

SUPREME COURT WINS ARC16 ARCHITECTURE AWARD

The Supreme Court of the Netherlands in The Hague has been awarded with the annual ARC16 Architecture Award that aims to promote sustainability in the broadest sense of the word and as an integral part of the design.

SUPREME COURT AWARDED WITH LIVING DAYLIGHT AWARD 2016

The Daylight Award is a Dutch biennial prize for buildings that have a pronounced daylight quality. This year the Supreme Court of the Netherlands has been awarded thanks to its rich array of daylight aspects and to the smart strategies for artificial lighting.

NETHERLANDS EMBASSY AT BIA-AR 2016

The Bienal Internacional de Arquitectura – Argentina 2016 will take place in Cordoba (Argentina) from October 11th to 14th. The event will host 5 international speakers and it will feature 36 international works including the Netherlands Embassy in Mozambique.

NIEUW LEVEN VOOR HUIS VAN BRABANT

The dualism of then and now, the contemporary renewal by KAAN Architecten in the Maaskant spirit, have been captured in both photographs by Sebastian van Damme, and words by Ruud Brouwers. Their complementary works are now combined in the book, published by KAAN Architecten.

DE HOGE RAAD DER NEDERLANDEN

Since early 2014, Dominique Panhuysen followed the construction of the Supreme Court of the Netherlands in The Hague, producing an insightful documentation of the building process. Focusing her attention on people, traces of life and gesture, this voluminous compound is able to depict, at the same time, the beauty and the roughness of this high — read more