MVRDV is a global operating architecture and urbanism office with a progressive ideal engaged in solving global issues. MVRDV was set up in Rotterdam in 1993 by Winy Maas (Schijndel, 1959), Jacob van Rijs (Amsterdam, 1964) and Nathalie de Vries (Appingedam, 1965). In close collaboration, the 3 architects produce designs and studies in the fields of architecture, urbanism and landscape design. MVRDV is well known for the Netherlands pavilion at the 2000 Hannover World Expo, the VPRO broadcasting centre in Hilversum and a portfolio of realizations all over the world.
How to cope with the increasing density of cities is one of the central themes in the work of MVRDV. MVRDV actively researches and debates global ecological issues such as the consequences of urban sprawl, bio-industry and climate change. Large scale studies and provocative proposals have lead in many cases to a constructive discussion about issues, often considered terrifying or to be solved by legislation rather than architecture.
Selected works: HNB NOR (Oslo, 2011), Grand Paris (Paris, 2009), Mirador (Madrid, 2006), NL Paviljon Expo 2000 (Hanover, 2000).
Books: KM3: Excursions on capacity (MVRDV, 2005), MVRDV 1991-2002 (El Croquis, 2003), Costa Iberica (MVRDV, 2000), Metacity/Datatown (MVRDV, 1998) Farmax (MVRDV, 1998)
Awards: The work of MVRDV has received many international awards, as the most recent are in 2011: the Gulden Phoenix, Red Dot Award, Mies van der Rohe Award for Contemporary European Architecture, 2010: The Dutch Design Award, City of Rotterdam Award.
Teaching: Winy Maas started in 2007 as part-time professor at TU Delft. He is also visiting professor since 2006 architectural design at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Maas was previously professor at the Berlage Institute, Ohio State and Yale University. Nathalie de Vries was a guest lecturer at the TU Berlin (2002 - 2004) and taught at the Berlage Institute. Jacob van Rijs regularly gives lectures and teaches at institutes in Amsterdam, London, New York, Tokyo, Madrid and Barcelona.