Winy Maas

Winy Maas

Founding Partner

Founding partner/principle architect, urban planner, and landscape designer, leading MVRDV since 1993

Education: Delft University of Technology, Architecture and Urban Planning, RHSTL, Boskoop, landscape architecture.

Memberships: BNA, FRIBA, FAIA, Honorary Fellow of the Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland

Awards: Order of the Dutch Lion (the Netherlands), Chevalier de la Légion d'honneur (France)

Winy Maas (Schijndel, the Netherlands, 1959) is a co-founder and principal architect of MVRDV, an interdisciplinary studio that works at the intersection of architecture and urbanism. The award-winning Dutch practice was set up by Maas alongside Jacob van Rijs and Nathalie de Vries in 1993 and has established an international identity with a wide variety of buildings, cities and landscapes that are innovative, experimental, and theoretical.

Maas has received international acclaim for his range of urban planning and building projects, across all typologies and scales, that are self-generated, innovative, experimental, and theoretical. Over the past 25 years Maas has been responsible for many award-winning projects including the Dutch Pavilion at Expo 2000 in Hannover, Rotterdam’s Market Hall, the Crystal Houses in Amsterdam, the Book Mountain public library in Spijkenisse, the Glass Farm in Schijndel, the Taipei Twin Towers, Vanke’s Head Quarters in Shenzhen and the first publicly accessible art depot in the world, Depot Boijmans Van Beuningen which is scheduled to open in 2020. In addition, he has developed several masterplans, including a vision for the future of Greater Paris, the Left Bank in Bordeaux and the waterfront of Oslo. Since 2012, he has been supervisor of Almere Floriade 2022, and in 2017 Maas was appointed supervisor of Eindhoven City.

“I advocate denser, greener, more attractive and liveable cities, with an approach to design that centres around user-defined, innovative, and sustainable ideas for the built environment, regardless of typology or scale,” he says.

Besides his work for MVRDV, Maas is Professor of Urbanism and Architecture at the Delft University of Technology. In 2008, he founded The Why Factory at the TU Delft, a research institute which he leads as director, exploring the possibilities for the development of our cities by focusing on the production of models and visualisations for cities of the future. The Why Factory collaborates intensively with other academic institutes around the world. Maas is also guest editor of the Italian magazine Domus for 2019. He is also urban research curator of Manifesta 2020 Marseille, member of the urban committee Qianhai in Shenzhen and supervisor for the new eco-quarter of Bastide Niel Bordeaux.

In the past Maas has been a visiting professor and has held various teaching positions at notable institutes including the Architectural Association School of Architecture in London, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Yale University, Columbia University in New York, the Strelka Institute in Moscow, Hong Kong University, and the Rotterdam Building Academy.

With The Why Factory he has published more than thirteen books on The Future City, including Green Dream (2010), Copy Paste (2017), and Porocity (2018). He has written and published several books on the theories behind MVRDV, like Farmax: Excursions on Density (1997) together with co-founder Jacob van Rijs; KM3: Excursions on Capacities (2005), Five Minutes City (2003), and Skycar City (2007).

  • Dutch Building Award, NL – for cable-net façade, winner Markthal, Rotterdam, NL

  • ESPA gold award – winner Markthal parking garage, Rotterdam, NL

  • Architectenweb Awards – Public Building of the Year - Depot Boijmans Van Beuningen, Rotterdam

  • European Property Award – winner mixed-use category, Markthal, Rotterdam, NL

  • 2015 ArchDaily Building of the Year Awards - Finalist Markthal and Parkrand, Rotterdam, NL

  • Marketing Award Rotterdam NL - winner Winy Maas and Hans Schröder for Markthal, Rotterdam, NL

  • ARC21 Architecture Award - Depot Boijmans Van Beuningen, Rotterdam