KAAN Architecten is a Rotterdam 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.


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.


Holger Achterholt / Andreas Alevras / Shannon Anderson / Allard Assies / Tommaso Arfuso / Michael Baas / Marc Augustí Ballester / Beatrice Bagnara / Luca Baialardo / Christophe Banderier / Bas Barendse / Henri van Bennekom / Antonio Berton / Tjerk de Boer / Diana Boogaart / Koen Bosman / Dante Borgo Lopez / Dirk Bots / Luis Felip Brás / Dennis Bruijn / Sebastiaan Buitenhuis / Alice Bulla / Marc Cabarrocas / Maicol Cardelli / Timo Cardol / Kevin Claus / Alice Colombo / Marc Coma / Aksel Coruh / Niccoló Cozzi / Jana Culek / Sebastian van Damme / Marten Dashorst / Marco (Peixe) D'Elia) / Luuk Dietz / Pier Dijkema / Cecilia Dobos / Willemijn van Donselaar / Assaf Dori / Frederik Ellens / Ahinitze Errasti Etxeberria / Paolo Faleschini / Di Fang / Gloria Feliu / Darío Fernández / Anna Ferres / Gabriela Fiorentini / Raluca Firicel / Marylène Gallon / Federico Gambi / Silvia Gatti / Michael Geensen / Mick van Gemert / Renata Gilio / Lisa Goes /Alejandro González Pérez / Cristina Gonzalo Cuairán / Chiara Gramaccia / Laurent Gravier / Carl Greveling / Narine Gyulkhasyan / Leo Harders / Joost Harteveld / David Hess / Martjan den Hoed / Walter Hoogerwerf / Michiel van der Horst / Olivier van den Hoven / Sven Jansse / Marco Jongmans / Marlon Jonkers / Jan Teunis ten Kate / Roos Kemna / Rense Kerkvliet / Lianne Klitsie / Jasmijn Kok / Carlijn Kingma / Teodora Kolchagova / Michael Koller / Monika Konrad / Dorothee Korr / Moritz Kühl / Rumi Kurabayashi / Wouter Langeveld / Marco Lanna / Antony Laurijsen / Julie Le Baud / Jade Lemaitre / Jaime Levinas / Yinghao Lin / Hedwig van der Linden / Sandra Loeve / Nicki van Loon / Gador Luque / Aimee Mackenzie / Elsa Marchal / Martina Margini / Mariana Mariano / Ricardo Marmorato / Loes Martens / Sara Martin Camara / Johandry Martina / Marija Mateljan / Giuseppe Mazzaglia / Patricia Medina Prieto / João de Mendes / Lorenzo Meschini / Endri Metaj / Zuzanna Mielczarek / Maud Minault / Hana Marisa Mohar / Sandro Monteiro / Exequiel Mulder / Laurenz Müller / Jordi van der Neut / Eric van Noord / Julian O'Neale / Hannes Ochmann / Gyeong Oh Chung / Derk Onnekes / Laura Ospina / Maurizio Papa / Kevin Park / Lorenzo Pesaresi / Robbert Peters / Isabella Philipsen / Nerea Pinedo Painous / Ismael Planelles Naya / Lluís Marco Planells / Gorik Ponette / Elena Prendergast / Giulia Rapizza / Hugues Rebay / Roland Reemaa / Antonia Reif / Ana Rivero Esteban / Maria Azzurra Rossi / Cécile Sanchez / Eva Santana / Miquel Santos / Antonio Santoro / Britta Schümmer / Katarzyna Seweryn / Marianne Seyhan / Mélina Sharp / Shy Shavit / Yannick Signani / Floris Sikkel / Christian Sluijmer / Hrvoje Šmidihen / Marco Spada / Joeri Spijkers / Davide Spina / Maria Stamati / Luuk Stoltenborg / Yaron Tam / Koen van Tienen / Anatoly Travin / Manuela Triggianese / Aldo Trim / Pauline Trochu / Yiannis Tsoskounoglou / Clémence Vallée / Niels Vernooij / Loes Verlaat / Claudia Vermeulen / Edwin Veth / Mieke Vink / Maria Vlagoidou / Noëmi Vos / Adam Wagoner / Rianne Weerdmeester / Wenli Wan / Zhongping Wu / Lais Xavier / Rui Xuan / Hoey Yip / Yang Zhang / Hagar Zur / Han van der Zwan
Awards / Publications / Exhibitions



On November 3rd, 2015 Vincent Panhuysen received a medal of merit from the Commissioner of the King, Wim van de Donk, for the special and careful guidance in the renovation of the Provinciehuis of North-Brabant.


Education Center Erasmus MC is part of the touring exhibition featuring the 40 shortlisted project of Mies van der Rohe Award 2015. Starting point, Barcelona – MUHBA Oliva Artés centre, it will then travel to Milan, Brussels, Warsaw, Vienna, Shanghai, Hong Kong and more.



Education Center Erasmus MC within the 40 shortlisted projects (out of 420) of the EU Prize for Contemporary Architecture – Mies van der Rohe Award 2015.


Institut des Sciences Moléculaires d’Orsay project is part of the exhibition “Paris-Saclay. Le Futur en Chantier(s)” at the Maison de l’architecture en Ile-de-France in Paris (November 28th – December 20th, 2014)


Philippe Rotthier Prize 2014 exhibition is featuring District Water Board Brabantse Delta at the Foundation pour l’Architecture in Brussels (October 18th – November 23rd, 2014).


The project for the City Hall Park of São Bernardo do Campo municipality in São Paolo (Brazil) is part of the exhibition “The City as a Vision” at the FRAC Centre – Les Turbulences in Orléans, France (September 19th,2014 – February 22nd, 2015).


Collateral Event during the 14th International Architecture Exhibition – la Biennale di Venezia (June 6th – October 31st, 2014) at the Conservatorio di Musica “Benedetto Marcello”


Education Center Erasmus MC has won the 9th Saint-Gobain Gypsum International Trophy (plasterboard category) as runner-up.



The Dreamhouse the yearly aluminium award for Sustainable Renovation projects.


The Education Center Erasmus MC won the yearly prize dedicated to transformation projects, while the Dreamhouse was nominated.