KAAN Architecten is a Rotterdam, São Paulo and Paris based architectural firm operating in a global context while merging practical and academic expertise within the fields of architecture, urbanism, and research on the built environment. Their projects transcend the traditional notions 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.
The 20-year long opus includes projects like the Netherlands Embassy in Mozambique, Supreme Court of the Netherlands in The Hague and the new Courthouse in Amsterdam. Recently, KAAN Architecten has been commissioned to design the new terminal at Amsterdam Airport Schiphol.
Led by Kees Kaan, Vincent Panhuysen and Dikkie Scipio, the studio 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 fostering a critical debate within the firm.
Through the notion of ‘dialogue’ as a fundamental principle of architecture, the lecture will revisit 5 different works by KAAN Architecten demonstrating the application of said principle both in conception as well as implementation of the design.