Making Architecture ● Francesco Veenstra and Michiel Riedijk

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Mark your agenda! On the 5th of March, another lecture of this year’s MAKING ARCHITECTURE series will take place with RIJKSBOUWMEESTER Francesco Veenstra and Michiel Riedijk from NEUTELINGS RIEDIJK ARCHITECTS! ????️

Join us for an insightful evening lecture organized together with Juliette Bekkering. Hopefully, we’ll see you there, everyone is welcome! To be sure of your seat, you can subscribe here.


Francesco Veenstra, appointed Chief Government Architect in September 2021, leads the Board of Government Advisers, steering the architectural and urban quality of government projects while advising the Minister of the Interior and the Director-General of the Central Government Real Estate Agency. With a rich background as a partner at Vakwerk Architecten and former co-owner at Mecanoo, Veenstra brings extensive expertise in cultural, educational, commercial, and infrastructural projects. His leadership extends beyond formal roles, actively shaping professional discourse and advocating for spatial quality alongside esteemed colleagues. A graduate of the Rotterdam Academy of Architecture, Veenstra’s tenure as Chairman of the Association of Dutch Architectural Firms reflects his commitment to advancing the field. Building on the legacy of his predecessor, Veenstra embarks on a dual role, marrying his responsibilities as Government Architect with his continued practice at Vakwerk, poised to further enrich the architectural landscape.


Michiel Riedijk, a distinguished architect who graduated from the Technical University in Delft in 1989, co-founded Neutelings Riedijk Architects in Rotterdam alongside Willem Jan Neutelings. Renowned as an International Fellow of the RIBA, Riedijk’s three-decade journey with the firm has been marked by iconic designs and successful realizations in public, commercial, and cultural realms. From the awe-inspiring Naturalis Biodiversity Center in Leiden to the innovative Gare Maritime in Brussels, the portfolio boasts landmarks like the MAS Museum in Antwerp and the Institute for Sound and Vision in Hilversum. Riedijk’s commitment to architectural discourse extends beyond practice, as he shares insights globally through lectures and engagements at prestigious universities and cultural forums. With ongoing projects like the Amsterdam Museum and the transformation of the Proximus Towers in Brussels, Riedijk continues to shape the architectural landscape, garnering international acclaim through publications, awards, and exhibitions.

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