For over a decade, government officials, project developers and community leaders have turned to Space&Matter for innovative solutions to complex urban challenges

Purpose

At Space&Matter, we believe that the most significant changes come from people and communities in particular. That’s why people are at the heart of everything we do. We co-create strategies, buildings and neighbourhoods with end-users to build strong and fair cities. Neighbourhoods are our preferred units of change because they’re the place where sustainability meets human experience. As waterfront experts, we’re especially excited about exploring buoyant solutions that provide resilience in the face of climate change. 

People are at the heart of everything we do. We co-create strategies, buildings and neighbourhoods with end-users to build strong and fair cities

Team

Sascha Glasl

Co-founder

Sascha Glasl

Co-founder

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Sascha studied architecture at RWTH Aachen and co-founded Space&Matter in Amsterdam in 2009 at the height of the economic crisis, creating projects when opportunities were scarce. His approach to architecture centres around sustainability and he focuses on translating and implementing the principles of the circular economy in the built environment. He is passionate about social design and democratic development processes, both things he considers cornerstones in the transition towards circular living. He played a leading role in shaping the plan for Schoonschip and enjoys the fruits of his labor on a daily basis as one of its residents.

Tjeerd Haccou

Co-founder

Tjeerd Haccou

Co-founder

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Tjeerd Haccou studied architecture at Delft University of Technology and at SCI-Arc in Los Angeles, and cofounded Space&Matter in 2009. He has an experimental ethos, using online and offline tools to bring together and empower communities so that they can assume leadership over the design of their own living environments. In this context, he pursues new financial and business models, as well as ventures that prioritise social good and inclusivity in the built environment. Tjeerd is interested in applying this participatory process at all scales of the urban domain, from individual household design to the plans for entire neighbourhoods.

Marthijn Pool

Co-founder

Marthijn Pool

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Marthijn is Dutch architect and co-founder of Space&Matter. Driven by the desire to have a positive social and environmental impact, Marthijn pairs a theoretical and conceptual mindset with a hands-on approach to reimagine the role of the built environment beyond the spatial domain. He is especially excited about research-based projects that explore new urban concepts and wants above all else to create and share new knowledge.

Ernestien Idenburg

Head of Ventures

Ernestien Idenburg

Head of Ventures

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Ernestien is a passionate activator with a positive attitude who loves to work on promoting entrepreneurship for a more inclusive and just world. She is a strong communicator, a visual thinker and possesses the natural ability to bring people along. With her entrepreneurial mindset, she gets things done. As a leader, she is forward-thinking and supportive, focusing on the personal growth of her team while keeping the organisation’s goals in mind. At Space&Matter, she takes initiative and turns new ideas into successful ventures.

Barend Koolhaas

Design Director

Barend Koolhaas

Design Director

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Barend holds an MSc in Architecture from the Delft University of Technology. His work in architecture, design and urbanism is about embracing the unpredictability of the future. He looks for systems or structures that can easily be adapted or reinterpreted in order to explore the freedom of space, time and movement. At Space&Matter, Barend assumes responsibility for the encouragement, guidance and support of our architects.

Nathaly Meyer

Financial Administrator

Nathaly Meyer

Financial Administrator

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Nathaly has a degree in fashion and diverse managerial experience, working for organisations like the Venice Film Festival and overseeing tours across Europe. These life experiences lend themselves particularly well to the quick pace of the Space&Matter office. With over seven years of experience in the architectural field, Nathaly is the glue that holds the company together, assuming responsibility for everything from events to administration, finance to human resources.

Inara Nevskaya

Senior Architect

Inara Nevskaya

Senior Architect

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Inara studied architecture at the Moscow Architectural Institute and at the Shibaura Institute of Technology in Tokyo. She gained more international experience through her involvement with EASA - a young architects network that organises multi-disciplinary workshops throughout Europe and Central Asia. She is interested in architecture as an instrument in the creation of stories and atmospheres and sees the profession as an ongoing learning process. At Space&Matter, Inara assumes a broad role, working on projects from the concept phase to the point of execution.

Jetze Schreij

Senior Architect

Jetze Schreij

Senior Architect

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Jetze studied architecture at TU Delft and at the Technical University Berlin. Having previously worked in a large architectural office, Jetze came to Space&Matter for its people-centred approach and dynamic work environment. He focuses on residential projects of various scales, has ample experience when it comes to collective private commissioning (CPO) projects and is particularly excited about the search for new ways of living. Outside of work, Jetze has been a guest lecturer at the IMC weekend school in Amsterdam, hosting workshops, lectures and site visits for underprivileged youths to further their understanding of career possibilities in architecture and urbanism.

Lidia Egorova

Senior Architect

Lidia Egorova

Senior Architect

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Lidia studied architecture at Moscow Architectural University where she was enrolled in a programme that focused on innovation and sustainability. Lidia has worked in various places across Russia and Turkey, tackling everything from transformations to new constructions, from the scale of interior design to the planning of large industrial zones. At Space&Matter, Lidia’s focus has shifted from project execution to urban programming, her work rooted in research and driven by innovative concepts. She is passionate about ecology and the integration of nature within the built environment.

Marjolein Smeele

Community Manager

Marjolein Smeele

Community Manager

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Marjolein studied Architecture at TU Delft where she specialised in sustainability and renovation. She founded her own company and worked alongside Space&Matter on the realisation of De Ceuvel and Schoonschip. Her communication skills within the technical field, project management and experience with bottom-up development processes led her to join Space&Matter. As a community manager, Marjolein has a hands-on role, working with diverse groups of people to enable the upscaling of citizen-led and community-driven development outside of expert fields. Above all else, she is passionate about realising sustainable neighbourhoods that are created by future residents.

Iñigo Ruiz

Architect

Iñigo Ruiz

Architect

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Iñigo studied architecture at ETSAB University in Barcelona. He often works on the competition phase of the architectural process, something he greatly enjoys as it requires creativity and conceptual thinking. Iñigo thrives when working with different professionals in areas like landscape design, circular design or participatory processes. Being a generalist allows him to easily work on the development and design of projects in many different scales and programs. Outside of the office, Iñigo is co-founder of an architectural collective that delivered the winning design for a rooftop festival in the Netherlands.

Ignacio Garcia Ballester

Junior Architect

Ignacio Garcia Ballester

Junior Architect

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Ignacio studied Architecture in Valencia and co-founded a studio for the architectural visualisation of unbuilt architecture when he graduated. Ignacio has always been interested in the transitions between inside and outside spaces and is excited by the prospect of working on wooden constructions and innovative projects that push the envelope of traditional architecture. At Space&Matter, he carries the responsibility for the implementation of software that allows architects to create coordinated, consistent, and complete model-based designs and collaborate across teams, disciplines and timezones.

Giulia Azaria

Junior Architect

Giulia Azaria

Junior Architect

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Giulia carried out her architectural training at Politecnico di Torino and KU Leuven; at the latter, she graduated cum laude with a Masters in Architecture and a specialisation in Resilient and Sustainable Strategies. At Space&Matter, Giulia tackles transformation projects and urban plans. Outside of work, she was responsible for the winning design for a rooftop festival in the Netherlands and is co-founder of an architectural collective. She looks forward to working more on the design of public buildings and the development of future-proof neighbourhoods.

Agnieszka Biedalak

Sustainability Advisor & Junior Architect

Agnieszka Biedalak

Sustainability Advisor & Junior Architect

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Aga is a Polish architect and sustainability expert who has studied at Gdańsk University of Technology and the University of the Arts in Poznań. Inspired and driven by establishing a connection with nature, she is passionate about biobased material solutions, renewables and circular strategies for regenerative design. As a sustainability advisor with a background in architecture and urban design, Aga aims to improve social and environmental sustainability for all projects she is involved in. At Space&Matter, she acts as a bridge between research and practice in the fields of architecture and urban design. A holistic approach to design that includes both the perspective of people and the planet allows her to design better-performing buildings for clients and future communities.

Gabriela Chuecos

Junior Architect

Gabriela Chuecos

Junior Architect

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Gabriela studied architecture in Venezuela, Madrid and Delft before moving to Poland to start her career as an architect. Her graduation project explored the reuse of ruins from the Bosnian war and was presented at an exhibition for the European capital of culture in Matera, Italy. This context-sensitive approach continues to define Gabriela’s work at Space&Matter. She works on projects of various scales and helps to ensure that the environmental, social and cultural program responds to the distinct needs of the area.

Martijn van Wijk

Junior Architect

Martijn van Wijk

Junior Architect

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With over 8 years of professional experience, Martijn has worked on a commendable amount and range of projects. He studied interior architecture at the HKU University of the Arts in Utrecht and is currently pursuing a second master at the Academy of Architecture in Amsterdam. Seeing as he finds reuse and continuity important themes within the architectural profession, Martijn is particularly interested in working on transformations of existing buildings.

Kinan Fleihan

Systems Architect

Kinan Fleihan

Systems Architect

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Kinan studied architecture at Damascus University, where he co-founded and taught an educational group that focused on parametric design and digital fabrication principles. While completing his Master's degree in architecture at Tilburg University, he began his career in sustainability innovation, focusing on architectural design and manufacturing. As a systems architect, Kinan concerns himself with future manifestations of architectural and spatial design in relation to emerging technologies in art, design and ecology.

Esther Baar

Copywriter

Esther Baar

Copywriter

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Esther studied biomedical sciences and American history at the University of Amsterdam. Raised between Texas and the Netherlands, she loves to explore the meaning and weight of words from both a philosophical and a practical point of view. Esther is an experienced writer and editor and has organised diverse events with the aim of inspiring, educating and empowering people. As a copywriter, she helps communicate all that Space&Matter does to the outside world and encourages others to take a human-centred approach in their work.

Justine Kontou

PR & Communications Manager

Justine Kontou

PR & Communications Manager

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Justine is a seasoned PR and communications expert, trained as a commercial economist and equipped with degrees in trend forecasting and concept development. At Space&Matter, Justine aligns all projects, business developments and knowledge creation into one communication pipeline. She loves to tell people about Space&Matter’s work and purpose and is most excited by projects in which nature-inclusive design leads the way. Justine possesses deep knowledge about biophilic design and environmental enrichment, theories that she currently applies in her work as a curator and art director at her own company Studio KONTOU and, in the future, hopes to apply at Space&Matter.

Bas van Bentum

Graphic Designer

Bas van Bentum

Graphic Designer

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Bas has a degree in graphic design from the ArtEZ University of Arts and vast experience as a graphic designer, having developed brands for forward-thinking companies at Vandejong Creative Agency for several years. Upon realising that he was most interested in and passionate about meaningful design within the spatial domain, Bas decided to come work at Space&Matter. Interested in the overlap between architecture and graphic design, Bas creates visual designs for every outlet, develops concepts and helps maintain Space&Matter’s identity.

Michał Marcinkowski

Junior Architect

Michał Marcinkowski

Junior Architect

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Michal studied architecture and landscape architecture at Cracow University of Technology and has gained diverse work experience at design studios in Rotterdam, London and Beijing. At Space&Matter, he turns dreams into reality by using his expertise in BIM technology and creating compelling visualisations. He is propelled by the desire to learn about and apply new technologies, techniques and approaches in architecture. This is also why he joined Space&Matter: to work in a dynamic environment that stimulates critical thinking, teamwork and consideration of the socio-ecological impact of design.

Marta Lachowska

Senior Architect

Marta Lachowska

Senior Architect

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Marta is a Polish architect who is primarily concerned with wellbeing and social good. She has abundant experience designing educational and healthcare facilities, residential projects and with the transformation of heritage buildings. Marta joined Space&Matter in 2019 and works on medium-scale housing projects as well as large-scale urban transformations. Recently, she has led two research and design studies on the future transformation of northern city districts for the City of Amsterdam.

Daniël Südkamp

Technical Designer

Daniël Südkamp

Technical Designer

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Daniël is a technical designer who is committed to sustainably developing a safer built environment. Equipped with a wealth of architectural knowledge and many years of experience, Daniël works on projects from start to finish. When things get complicated, he uses his expertise and creativity to find simple, straightforward solutions that others might have missed. Daniël looks forward to working on even more projects that push the envelope of architecture.

Alies Dordregter

Office Manager

Alies Dordregter

Office Manager

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Alies coordinates the administrative tasks and the daily run of the office, organizes events and is responsible for human relations together with the financial administrator. Passionate about art and social impact, Alies has worked with and for many prestigious cultural institutions in the Netherlands as a project manager. As such, she has designed several exhibitions that challenge viewers to think differently about (and maybe even forego) the traditional binary that separates design into artistic of commercial categories.

Experience has taught us that the best and most sustainable innovations occur when we involve people from different disciplines who share our value

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“This project is a fantastic initiative and collaboration between the city, the designer and the developer. The use of these existing, derelict buildings that were never meant to be habitable truly shows the power of design”

– Jury Dezeen Awards about SWEETS hotel

Awards

Year
Project
Award
Organisation
2009
Water voor Wonen
DROOM.NH
Provincie Noord-Holland
2014
De Ceuvel
Dutch Design Award - Habitat
Dutch Design Awards
2014
De Ceuvel
Frame Public Award
FRAME
2018
SWEETS Hotel
Best Hotel Concept
HBMEO
2018
SWEETS Hotel
Best Hotel Concept
Entree Awards
2019
SWEETS Hotel
Geurt Brinkgreve Bokaal (Finalist)
City of Amsterdam
2019
SWEETS Hotel
NRP Gulden Feniks (Finalist)
NRP Gulden Feniks
2019
SWEETS Hotel
Hotel and Short-Stay Interior
Dezeen Awards
2020
SWEETS Hotel
Herengracht Industrieprijs (Finalist)
Herengracht Industrie Prijs
2020
Schoonschip
Gouden Piramide (Honoree)
Gouden Piramide
2020
Schoonschip
Amsterdam Zuiderkerk Prijs (Nomination)
City of Amsterdam
2020
SWEETS Hotel
Innovation by Design Awards (Finalist)
Fast Company
2020
SWEETS Hotel
Hotel of the Year
Frame Awards
2021
Schoonschip
Amsterdam New Construction Prize (Finalist)
Amsterdam Woont