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. And as part of the Space&Matter ecosystem, we are contributing to the joint mission of realising 1.000.000 square metres within the Doughnut and rewilding an equal amount of nature by 2030.

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, graduated cum laude in 2007 and co-founded Space&Matter in Amsterdam in 2009 at the height of the economic crisis, creating projects when opportunities were scarce. Equally passionate about strategic design, innovative concepts and democratic development processes, Sascha focuses on implementing the principles of the Doughnut economy in the built environment. He initiated De Ceuvel and SWEETS Hotel, and played a leading role in shaping the plan for Schoonschip. He is currently exploring how Community Land Trusts in particular can accelerate this transition and focused on creating a comprehensive ecosystem that can increase the scale and impact of these past projects and achieve circular area development.

Tjeerd Haccou

Co-founder

Tjeerd Haccou

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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.

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.

Jetze Schreij

Architect

Jetze Schreij

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.

Marta Lachowska

Architect

Marta Lachowska

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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.

Lidia Egorova

Architect

Lidia Egorova

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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.

Agnieszka Biedalak

Research & Innovation Lead

Agnieszka Biedalak

Research & Innovation Lead

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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

Architect

Gabriela Chuecos

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.

Bart Nicolaas

Architect

Bart Nicolaas

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Bart received his architecture degree at the Delft University of Technology with an honourable mention. He gained over a decade of experience, working as project leader at OMA on various projects including Rijnstraat 8, Performing Arts School in Stockholm and BMW HQ Masterplan in Munich. Bart is attracted to designing in complex urban settings and is responsible for accelerating the pioneering circular projects of Space&Matter.

Iñigo Ruiz

Architect

Iñigo Ruiz

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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.

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.

Ignacio Garcia Ballester

Architect

Ignacio Garcia Ballester

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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.

Inara Nevskaya

Architect

Inara Nevskaya

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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.

Michał Marcinkowski

Architect

Michał Marcinkowski

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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.

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.

Daria Guzun

Architect

Daria Guzun

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Daria studied architecture and landscape architecture at Moscow Architectural University, before gaining extensive experience working on projects at the intersection of urban design, landscape, architecture and strategy development. She is passionate about weaving together people and nature into integrated designs and takes this dedication into creating cohesive urban transformations at Space&Matter.

Alex Beunza

Architect

Alex Beunza

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Alex studied Architecture in Pamplona and gained experience in renowned practices in New York, Panama, Bilbao and Amsterdam. He easily moves in between different roles and phases, making him a versatile team member of Space&Matter. Alex is a strong visual communicator and likes to operate in the worlds of conceptual architecture, construction processes and plastic arts.

Davide Vital

Architect

Davide Vital

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Davide studied architecture at the Polytechnic of Milan, before working there as an assistant professor. With a conceptual mindset, he likes to deconstruct and reconfigure ideas on a societal level. At Space&Matter he enjoys the freedom to explore new possibilities with aesthetic, environmental, and social impact within competition designs.

Sander Veldhuizen

Operations Manager

Sander Veldhuizen

Operations Manager

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Sander has studied philosophy, art history and creative business management at the University of Amsterdam and Avans University of Applied Sciences and likes to look at the design process from various perspectives. Both practical and analytical, Sander focuses on the relationship between people and processes. At Space&Matter, it is his mission to bring internal operations to a higher level, empowering the team to build the circular neighbourhoods of tomorrow.

Ioana Afloarei

Intern

Ioana Afloarei

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Ioana studied architecture and urban planning in Romania and Belgium. She took part in several urban planning competitions and built small scale projects with a hands-on approach in challenging urban conditions. Ioana has a keen interest in the social realm of architecture and at Space&Matter enjoys finding unusual solutions to design challenges.

Andrea Bit

Architect

Andrea Bit

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Andrea studied architecture in Italy and Chile, before gaining professional experience in the Netherlands and co-founding an architectural practice that focuses on obsolescence and commons. He gravitates towards complex projects that challenge the status quo with a multidisciplinary approach. At Space&Matter Andrea takes this approach into competition designs that explore the potential of architecture to create communities within a circular economy.

Tom Kolnaar

Communications Manager

Tom Kolnaar

Communications Manager

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Tom studied architecture at Delft University of Technology, before keeping his finger on the pulse of the architectural media landscape as editor-in-chief of architecture website Archello. Tom is fascinated by uncovering the underlying social, economic, political and environmental processes behind urbanisation and tell stories about how Space&Matter reenvisions them to create circular neighbourhoods. Tom loves to introduce people to the work and purpose of Space&Matter and strategically linking the office’s ambition to its communications.

Stein Blokker

Intern

Stein Blokker

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Stein is studying Technical Architecture at the Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences and looking forward to completing his studies in the coming years. He is passionate about building in wood and developed this into an expertise in designing and detailing timber architecture. Stein joined Space&Matter because of his shared interest in the social and circular aspects of architecture and supports the team with his knowledge in the technical facets of the design process in combination with BIM.

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

Jobs

We offer an informal interdisciplinary work environment and the opportunity to work on exciting, transformative and meaningful projects. View our open vacancies here.

“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