Team

Founder of Marc Koehler Architects (MKA), Superlofts and Openbuilding.co

Marc Koehler is the founder of Marc Koehler Architects (MKA), a multidisciplinary design agency based in Amsterdam, and initiator of Superlofts. He believes that design has the power to help people create the life of their dreams, and allows them to both feel at home and belong to something greater. With the bigger picture in mind, he sees the potential of architecture to harness the flow of nature, people, energy, material and capital, thereby revealing new ways to restore the balance between people and planet. An ongoing MKA project, Superlofts is a customisable co-living and development model based on modular, prefab and Open Building systems.

The practice explores smart, responsible ways of building spaces and communities around the world, using innovation as an instrument with purpose. In order to do so, MKA develops future ready concepts, systems and tools to pioneer new forms of urban communities that enable new possibilities for living, working, learning and growing. MKA designs speak to the senses, bridging together opposites to create new beauty with timeless warmth, and invite people to touch and change them, to make them their very own. An entrepreneurial approach allows the practice to proactively explore new alternatives of development that better align with people’s future needs.

MKA’s work has been recognised with the World Architecture Festival Housing Award (Completed Buildings) and Director’s Special Award in 2017, World Architecture News Award for Best Housing Project in Europe 2017, Best Dutch Building of the Year (Housing) in 2018, architectenweb award in 2018 and Dutch Building Award in 2015. Recently MKA won design tenders for ambitious new developments such as Poppies, Bosrijk, KBF-Dock, Peak and commissions such as Republica Circular City and MARK that promote the transition towards a circular and inclusive built environment.

Marc Koehler (1977) grew up in a Dutch Portuguese family in the northern Dutch town of Naarden. He holds a Masters in Architecture from the Technical University of Delft (TU Delft). Since 2017 he has an advisory role at the municipality of Amsterdam as a member of the Spatial Quality Committee. The committee reviews planning permits in light of the city’s urban design ambitions across themes such as densification, urban renewal, sustainability and cooperative developments.

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Eric Thijssen, Associate / Project Manager / Architect / Team Leader

Eric Thijssen joined MKA as an associate in 2017. At MKA he’s inspired by the opportunities to connect strong architectural concepts and social needs with buildings designed for daily life, resulting in an architecture that has relevance for the architectural discourse, contributes to the public realm and creates a sense of belonging in our society. Working for two decades on award-winning projects in renowned Dutch architecture practices such as Neutelings Riedijk Architects and de Architekten Cie. has given Eric an intricate knowledge of all processes involved in the practice of architecture from concept to completion. He previously worked as an urban planner at the Department of Planning for the City of Amsterdam and has taught at the Technical University Delft and the Academy of Architecture in Amsterdam. Eric holds a Master of Architecture from Technical University Delft.

Pieter Leendertse, Business Director

Upon a long career in advertising and branding Pieter joined MKA in 2021. He brings along knowledge and experience to connect and inspire audiences to innovative co-living and hospitality solutions. He's responsible for a new business unit in which we will integrate brand strategy, community building, real estate development and (interior) design into scalable total design concepts at the intersection of co-living, co-working and hospitality. Pieter was Managing Partner at the international communications and brand design agency KesselsKramer.

Frans Damstra, Project Manager / Architect

Frans Damstra joined MKA in 2018 as a project architect and project manager. He brings more than two decades of experience in housing and urban design across a wide scope of projects throughout the Netherlands. He is driven to creating buildings that make a positive contribution to people’s lives, with a respect for place and context, and with an eye to the changing future. At MKA he is focused on expanding his expertise about sustainable and circular building techniques to implement across the larger scale mixed-use/housing projects. Frans holds a Master of Architecture and Urbanism from Eindhoven University of Technology.

Marc Verhoef, Project Manager / Architect

Marc Verhoef is a senior project architect and project manager. Since 2015 he has collaborated on diverse MKA projects from private houses to Superlofts. Marc’s strong technical expertise and project management skills developed from more than two decades of architectural practise in the Netherlands and abroad including Belgium, Curaçao and Russia, where he worked for Erick van Egeraat. At MKA he is committed to researching new sustainable and circular building techniques and also advises junior architects about the technical aspects of projects. Marc holds a Master of Architectural Design from Eindhoven University of Technology and the Academy of Architecture in Tilburg.

Carlos Moreira, Project manager / Architect / BIM & IT-specialist

Project architect and project manager Carlos Moreira relocated to Amsterdam in 2009 to work for MKA. Fascinated by new technological developments and how they can contribute to intelligent and efficient cities, Carlos is well-placed as MKA’s BIM manager and is also a specialist in wood engineering. He believes the social responsibility of architects opens up opportunities to improve the lives of not only the direct users but the wider community and society as a whole. Carlos graduated with a Master of Architecture from ETSAV (Escuela Tecnica Superior de Arquitectura de Valencia).

Harmen Nieuwland, Project Manager / Architect / Team Leader

Harmen Nieuwland joined MKA at the end of 2020 as senior architect and project manager. Previously to MKA Harmen worked for almost three decades for architecture offices in Den Haag, Rotterdam, Berlin and Amsterdam. He brings experience in residential, mixed use and office projects of different scales. From his career he derives a large knowledge of façade technology. Harmen has a special interest in sustainability and energy concept for buildings. He holds a MSc degree in Architecture from the TU Delft.

Aukje Goossens, Project Manager / Architect / Team Leader

Aukje joined MKA in 2021 as project architect. Previously to MKA, she worked at architecture offices in New York and Madrid on multiple large scale residential projects and mixed use renovation projects. During this period she developed an interest in design methods of buildings which derive from the structural logic of construction methods. She holds an MSc degree in Architecture and in Structural Design from the University of Technology in Eindhoven.

Justin Linton Campolucci, Project Manager / Architect

Justin Linton Campolucci joined MKA in 2021 as a project architect. Brought up with both Italian and Australian backgrounds, he is strongly motivated by the search of bold and clever ideas in design. Well-grounded in developing new concepts for projects in historical contexts, architectural competitions, 3D visualizations and interiors. Previous to MKA he has worked for offices in Florence, Milan and Doha. He holds an MSc degree in Architecture from the University of Florence.

Mai Henriksen, Project Manager / Architect

Mai joined MKA in 2018 as a project architect. Mai brings 2 decades of experience in large scale residential and utility projects from design phase to completion of a number of projects in the Netherlands. At MKA Mai is striving to make beautiful buildings and creating possibilities for a sustainable future proof living environment while expanding her expertise in wooden construction and prefab construction systems and materials. In the process of creating Mai likes to think about architecture from concept to detail. Previously to MKA Mai worked at Wiel Arets Architects for 16 years where she developed her sharp eye for design and aesthetics together with a strong sense of space and detail. Originally Mai comes from Denmark and holds a master degree in architecture from The School of Architecture in Aarhus.
Studio
  • Ingrid Boeter, Director Operations & Finance
  • Anita Wulfrank, Financial Administrator
  • Jose Koehler, IT-Consultant
  • Marion van Leeuwen, Financial Administrator
    Robbie Neijzen, Architect
    Magdalena Klimczak, Architect
  • Matthijs Noordover, Junior Architect
  • Luca Vatteroni, Junior Architect
  • Teun Vosters, Junior Architect
    Teun Veelers, Junior Architect
    Cristian Rancati, Junior architect
    Frederique van Erven, Junior Architect
    Sander Willems, PR & Communications
  • Khadija Achkaoukaou, Intern
  • Bob Colenbrander, Intern
  • Janek Bosman, Intern
  • Jacky Wong, Intern
  • Jeremy Gepken, Intern

 

Jobs

Marc Koehler Architects is gespecialiseerd in het ontwerpen en realiseren van innovatieve opgaven, zoals nieuwe woonvormen, flexibele, duurzame gebouwen, complexe stedelijke, ruimtelijke vraagstukken, vaak met maatschappelijk betrokken, ambitieuze opdrachtgevers. Begin 2019 zijn we verhuisd naar een inspirerende werkplek in Amsterdam Noord.

Wil je deel gaan uitmaken van ons jonge en bevlogen team en werken aan uitdagende mixed-use en woningbouwprojecten? Wij zijn op zoek naar de volgende toptalenten.

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Allround Project Architect (NL)

MKA is gespecialiseerd in het ontwikkelen, ontwerpen en realiseren van innovatieve projecten, zoals nieuwe collectieve woonvormen, flexibel aanpasbare modulaire Superlofts en mixed-use torens in prefab houtbouw. MKA werkt alleen met maatschappelijk betrokken, duurzame en ambitieuze opdrachtgevers. We zijn gehuisvest in een inspirerende oude filmstudio in Amsterdam Noord.

In relatie tot nieuwe spraakmakende internationale projecten zoeken wij een Senior Architect / Projectleider die ons winning team op korte termijn kan versterken.

Wil je met jouw kennis van detailleren en materialiseren een bijdrage leveren aan toonaangevende projecten? Ben jij een conceptueel, technisch en esthetisch sterke architect die goed georganiseerd en sterk in coördinatie en communicatie is? Heb je ervaring met het uitvoeren van alle fasen van een project, van schetsontwerp tot en met de bouwaanvraag, als ook de technische uitvoering en esthetische bouwbegeleiding en daarnaast ook  leiding kan geven aan een team van (junior) architecten?

Wil je werken aan uitdagende mixed-use en woningbouwprojecten in binnen- en buitenland in een jong en bevlogen team? Herken jij jezelf in genoemde omschrijving? Dan ben jij degene die wij zoeken.

Onze ideale kandidaat:

Is getalenteerd, ambitieus en draagt verantwoordelijk om in alle fasen van het ontwerp een hoge kwaliteit te waarborgen;

Is een allround architect die bekwaam is in alle fasen en aspecten van het ontwerpproces: het ontwerp, de bouwtechniek, bouwkosten bewaking, aanvragen van bouwvergunning, de planning, regelgeving en uitvoering;

Heeft affiniteit voor de integratie van architectuur en techniek in innovatieve duurzame toepassingen van materialisatie en productinnovatie;

Heeft ruime ervaring met het zelfstandig aansturen van adviseurs en de communicatie met de opdrachtgever en externe partijen;

Is een teamspeler, enthousiast, accuraat, flexibel en kan snel schakelen;

Heeft ervaring met het aansturen van (junior) architecten

Heeft minimaal 5 tot 10 jaar aantoonbare ervaring in een vergelijkbare functie bij gerenommeerde bureaus;

Heeft een afgeronde bouwkundige opleiding HBO, TU of Academie van Bouwkunst;

Beheerst Archicad en of Revit uitstekend, ervaring met BIM is een grote pré;

Ervaring met esthetische begeleiding van projecten is een pré;

Spreekt en schrijft vloeiend Nederlands en kan ook uit de voeten met Engels;

Wat bieden wij?

Een uitdagende job waarbij je werkt aan innovatieve projecten in een dynamische werkomgeving. Het salaris is CAO-conform. Werken binnen een internationaal en gedreven team en werken aan hoogwaardige, unieke projecten.

Interesse? Stuur je motivatie, CV + portfolio naar jobs@marckoehler.com.
Vragen? Neem contact op met Eric Thijssen: 0611507601 of ericthijssen@marckoehler.com

Please note: this position is only available for fluent Dutch speakers.

More info

Interesse? Stuur je motivatie, CV + portfolio naar jobs@marckoehler.com