Kees Kaan is an architect based in Rotterdam where he’s directing KAAN Architecten. Beforehand he was the co-founder and leader of Claus en Kaan Architecten from 1987-2013. Together with architects Vincent Panhuysen and Dikkie Scipio he is leading an international team of over 100 architects, landscape architects, urban planners, engineers and graphic designers.
Over the years Kees Kaan has built up a national and international portfolio of architecture, urban planning, and interior design projects; notably the competition winning entry for the new terminal at Amsterdam Airport Schiphol, the new Courthouse of Amsterdam and the Supreme Court of The Netherlands in The Hague.
International projects comprise the Chambre de Métiers et de l’Artisanat in Lille and the Institut des Sciences Moléculaires d‘Orsay on the Paris Saclay plateau in France; the Crematorium Heimolen in Sint-Niklaas and Utopia Library & Academy for Performing Arts, the KMSKA, Royal Museum of Fine Art in Antwerp, all in Belgium; and finally, the Netherlands Embassy in Maputo, Mozambique.
Kees Kaan graduated in architecture at Delft University of Technology in 1987. As full professor he is currently holding the Chair of Complex Projects of the department of Architecture at the Delft University of Technology. His research focuses on large-scale projects that characterize rapid global urbanization.
Kees Kaan is an international lecturer and sits on various juries and boards, both in the Netherlands and abroad. Numerous books and exhibitions have been dedicated to his body of work.