‘Architecture of Dialogue’ – a lecture by Vincent Panhuysen

On Wednesday, 25 September, Vincent Panhuysen will give a lecture at the School of Architecture and Design at Lebanese American University in Byblos, Lebanon.

Research, experiments and, above all, dialogue with stakeholders are essential in developing a proper building. The architect can direct this intensive process based on a strong narrative and imaginative power. Vincent Panhuysen’s lecture will revisit five different works by KAAN Architecten demonstrating the application of this process both in conception as well as the implementation of the design.

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Kees Kaan to speak at INDESEM 2019 lecture series

On Monday, 13 May 2019, Kees Kaan will give a public lecture and participate in a discussion at INDESEM 2019, taking place at 17.40 h in the Orange Hall of the TU Delft Faculty of Architecture and Built Environment.

INDESEM, International Design Seminar, is a biennial event with lectures, excursions, debates and a workshop, all organised around a specific theme. This year’s theme, Beyond the Echo Chamber, focuses on how to position yourself as an architect in our rapidly changing, (digitally) connected society. Adhering to the seminar theme, Kaan will give his insight on the scope of an architect’s work and how it transforms with each project. After the lecture he will engage in a discussion with moderator Salomon Frausto and architect Alun Jones (Dow Jones Architects).

For more information follow the link or check out the programme in the PDF below.

‘Making Architecture’ – lecture by Kees Kaan at TU Eindhoven

This Thursday, 13 December, Kees Kaan will participate in the lecture series ‘Making Architecture’ at TU Eindhoven together with Jeroen van Schooten (Team V Architectuur). In a double lecture format, the speakers will elaborate on a number of projects that show how the process of making – from concept to building, unfolds within their offices.

The event will take place in the Filmzaal of the Zwarte Doos at the TU Eindhoven at 19.30. The lecture series is organized by AnArchi, Study Association for Architecture, and Juliette Bekkering of The Chair of Architectural Design and Engineering (ADE) at the TU Eindhoven. Find out more here.

Kees Kaan at the I Russian Youth Architectural Biennale

From 12 till 14 of October 2017, Kees Kaan participated in the business program of the I Russian Youth Architectural Biennale that was held in Innopolis (Republic of Tatarstan, Russia) as jury member and lecturer.

The two day event, which focused on the best national and international experience in designing the residential environment, gathered about 1,000 Russian and foreign experts from over 45 regions of Russia and 3 countries (Netherlands, Denmark and the United Kingdom).

Vincent Panhuysen at FAU-USP in Sao Paulo

Vincent Panhuysen will present KAAN Architecten’s work to the Faculdade de Arquitetura e Urbanismo of the University of Sao Paulo on April 15th, 2016 starting from 10.30 AM.

The recent released Supreme Court of the Netherlands and the Netherlands Embassy in Mozambique will be at the core of the lecture. Vincent Panhuysen will illustrate the design and the different constructive approaches of the two projects.


Friday 15 April 2016 – h 10.30 AM

sala 807, Edificio Vilanova Artigas at FAU-USP, Sao Paulo


“One mould” in Madrid

Kees Kaan will give a public lecture on April 13th, 2016 at ETSAM (Madrid, Spain) – Faculty of Architecture’s Aula Magna, starting from 7 PM.

Kees Kaan will illustrate KAAN Architecten’s projects starting from an enlightening retrospective on the history and the actual planning and development of the Dutch urban landscape, all about water management. Put a shovel in the ground and the hole will fill itself with water immediately.

The permanent relation with the water throughout the history has settled in the DNA of our culture. Building Dutch cities implied making or reinforcing the land, keeping it in place and making foundations in the water. There is little stable and dry land available so not only buildings are constructed but so are the streets and the canals. The section canal, street and house are inherently related and intertwined: one “mould” (synonymous of build, form, shape, structure, nature, character, quality). The houses are built out of the same bricks as the docks, streets and bridges and have similar foundations.

Public, collective and private interests are constantly negotiated in these complex constructions. In the Netherlands, the production of land or vice versa the flooding of land was and is used as a military, political and economical tool. The expression ’poldermodel’ literally refers to the habit of dealing with societal issues by compromising and finding consensus among stakeholders, this implies collaboration. It produces a strong sense of shared values and interest in the ‘common’.

If architecture is supposed to reflect shared values the question is raised what extend contemporary buildings can actually represent fundamental principles of the organizations they facilitate.


More information on dpa – ETSAM website.

“Ideal Standard” in Hangzhou, Guangzhou and Chongqing

Prof. Kees Kaan will travel East to visit some of the most important academies and universities of South China.

The dense programme of events presents three lectures: first one, on Tuesday October 20, at the China Academy of Art in Hangzhou; followed by a second one on Wednesday October 21, at the Guangzhou Academy of Fine Arts and a third on Thursday October 22, at the South China University of Technology in Guangzhou.

Following day, October 23, Kees Kaan will take part to a seminar hosted by the Guangzhou Design Alliance, EMGdotArt and the Embassy of the Netherlands in Guangzhou at the Yangcheng Design Alliance headquarter in Guangzhou.



Kees Kaan “Beautification” at the Chicago Architecture Biennial

The Chair of Complex Projects (TU Delft) together with ARCHEWORKS, as affiliate partners of the first ever Chicago Architecture Biennial, are curating the lecture series “In Chicago”.

In conjunction with the opening days of the biennial, Kees Kaan has been invited to give a public lecture on Friday October 2 from 19.00 at ARCHEWORKS.

Kees Kaan lecture “Beautification” states that architectural innovation in itself serves no purpose unless a proper balance between private interest and common values is established. The lecture will critically reflect on the contextual narrative as the driver of the architectural concept to generate a self-evident relation between city, building, construction and detail.

To participate, please RSVP here.



“Ideal Standard” in Xiamen and Shanghai

Kees Kaan had been lecturing in two important Chinese universities, bringing the “Ideal Standard” topic to a wider public.

“Ideal Standard” is a constant within Prof. Kees Kaan lecture topics, and this time the Dutch standard have been presented to the Chinese public.

On May 25th, 2015, Prof. Kees Kaan was invited to give a lecture at the Huaqiao University in Xiamen (Wang Yuanxing International Conference Center); while few days after on May 27th, 2015 he presented the same topic at the Tongji University in Shanghai (College of Architecture and Urban Planning).

Soon more info on future lectures.