Architectural innovation in itself serves no purpose unless a proper balance between private interest and common values is established. Kaan’s lecture will critically reflect on the contextual narrative as the driver of the architectural concept to generate a self-evident relation between city, building, construction and detail.
Kees Kaan is founder and director of KAAN Architecten (Rotterdam); beforehand he co-founded Claus en Kaan Architecten (1987-2013). Kaan graduated in architecture at Delft University of Technology in 1987. Examples of his work are the Netherlands Forensic Institute in The Hague, the Netherlands Embassy in Maputo, Mozambique, the Heimolen Crematorium in Sint-Niklaas, the museum of Beaux Arts in Antwerp and the Supreme Court of the Netherlands in The Hague.
Kaan is design and development supervisor of the Lijnbaandistrict in Rotterdam and of the TU Delft Campus. Kaan is full professor of the Chair of Complex Projects at the TU Delft (Faculty of Architecture). His research focus is on large-scale projects characterizing rapid global urbanization.