About Jacob van Rijs
JACOB VAN RIJS, Ir. FRIBA
(1964 Amsterdam, The Netherlands)
1984/1990 Graduated from University of Technology Delft, NL
1993/- Principal and Co-founder MVRDV, Rotterdam NL
1990/1993 Office for Metropolitan Architecture, Rotterdam, NL
2011/- Visiting professor University of Wismar, Germany
2005 Visiting professor Esaya University Madrid
2004 Visiting professor Royal Academy of Arts Copenhagen
2003 Visiting professor Tokyo Institute of Technology
2000/2001 C.F. Cullingan Visiting Chair Professor, Rice University, Houston
1995/1997 Design tutor Berlage Institute Amsterdam
1994/1997 Design tutor Akademie voor Bouwkunst Rotterdam
2012-2014 President International, Royal Society of Netherlands Architects (BNA)
Jacob van Rijs (Amsterdam, 1964) founded in 1993 together with Winy Maas and Nathalie de Vries MVRDV. Early work such as the television centre Villa VPRO and the housing estate for elderly WoZoCo, both in the Netherlands, have lead to international acclaim and established MVRDV’s leading role in the international architecture.
Current projects include, amongst others, an Eco-City in Logroño, Spain, the Danish Rock museum in Roskilde, Denmark, the China Comic and Animation Museum in Hangzhou, China, and a number of large scale housing projects in India. In the past he has completed the TEDA housing in Tianjin, China, a high density housing project that experimented with a mix of low rise and high rise and made place for traditional Chinese housing typologies and supported local life-style.
The work of MVRDV/Jacob van Rijs is published and exhibited worldwide and received many international awards. The monographic publications FARMAX (1998) and KM3 (2005) illustrate the work of the Rotterdam based office.
Projects of MVRDV are among others the design for the Netherlands Pavilion at the Hannover World Expo 2000, the innovative business park Flight Forum in Eindhoven, the Matsudai cultural centre and the Gyre shopping centre in Japan, the Mirador building in Madrid and the Silodam building and Lloyd Hotel in Amsterdam.
Jacob van Rijs is currently visiting professor at the University of Wismar teaching "Raising Architecture - Food Production in the City". He regularly lectures and teaches at schools and institutions all over the world (e.g. TU Delft, Architecture Academy Amsterdam, Architecture Academy Rotterdam and, AA London, Cooper Union New York, Rice University in Texas, TN Probe in Tokyo and Universities of Madrid and Barcelona).