Winy Maas (NLD)



Dutch architect, landscape architect and urban planner. Co-founder of MVRDV, a globally operating architectural practice. Professor of Urbanism and Architecture at TU Delft, where he founded The Why Factory in 2008, a research institute exploring the development of future cities.



Winy Maas has led the interdisciplinary team at MVRDV since its establishment in 1993. This award-winning Dutch office, which he co-founded with Jacob van Rijs and Nathalie de Vries, has achieved international recognition for a wide range of projects that are innovative, experimental and combine theory with practice.
Among the firm's popular projects are the Dutch pavilion at Expo 2000 in Hanover, Rotterdam's Markthal, the Crystal Houses in Amsterdam, the Book Mountain public library in Spijkenisse, the Glass Farm in Schijndel, the Taipei Twin Towers, the Vanke headquarters in Shenzhen, and the world's first publicly accessible art depository, Depot Boijmans Van Beuningen. Maas' portfolio also includes a number of masterplans, including visions of the future of Greater Paris, the Left Bank in Bordeaux and the waterfront in Oslo.
Winy Maas combines his practice with teaching and research. MVRDV and The Why Factory think tank regularly enter the public debate on architecture and urbanism through exhibitions, publications and discussions. His academic activities also include numerous visiting professorships at internationally renowned institutions such as the Architectural Association School of Architecture in London, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Yale University, Columbia University in New York, Strelka Institute in Moscow, Hong Kong University and Rotterdam Building Academy.
He is co-author of Domus (2019); The Why Factory Future Cities Series: Green Dream (2010), Copy Paste (2017), and Porocity (2018); Farmax: Excursions on Density (1997), KM3: Excursions on Capacities (2005); Five Minutes City (2003); and Skycar City (2007).