Curriculum Vitae TEUN KOOLHAAS

Name : KOOLHAAS, Teun
Nationality : Netherlands
Profession :architect and urbanist
Place of birth :Singapore
Years with Firm :since 1985
Date of birth :1940, 7 January
Proposed Position :Chief Urban Designer

Key Qualifications:

Teun Koolhaas, architect and urbanist, founded Design Office TKA Teun Koolhaas Associates in 1985 in close association with townplanner Freek Riem and landscape architect and regional planner Hubert de Boer. All three partners have lectured extensively in and outside the Netherlands. Freek Riem and Hubert de Boer are professors at the Amsterdam Academy of Architecture and the Delft University of Technology.
TKA's diverse combination of directors strengthens the firm's integrated, multi-disciplinary approach to design and the environment. Consequently, commissions range widely from the new Rotterdam police stations' image, to the design of the Amsterdam Academy for Dance and Theatre and to the restructuring of transportation and communication nodes such as railway-stations, redevelopment of Schiphol airport-East and the National Dutch Television complex.
Teun Koolhaas has particularly received recognition for several sensitive waterfront renewal projects in the Netherlands, of which Rotterdam is the most significant in the country.
For the province of Flevoland, an area which was entirely reclaimed from the sea and now embodies twenty new villages and three new towns, Teun Koolhaas executed a comprehensive regional plan.
In this province the masterplan of Almere New Town, planned for 250,000 (now 115,000) inhabitants and currently the largest building front in Holland, was also designed by Teun Koolhaas, then a civil servant. The office continues this work with the plan for the latest new town in Holland, Zeewolde.


1968 - 1969 Special status graduate student in City & Regional Planning and in Business Administration, University of California, Berkeley, USA.

1968 Master of Architecture in Urban Design, Harvard University, USA.

1967 Architectural Engineer, cum laude, Technical University, Delft, The Netherlands.

Awards and distinctions:

1993 First Prize Competition (TKA) for the town centre of Amsterdam North. Under construction.

1992 First Prize Experimental Housing Competition (TKA), The Netherlands. Completed.

1992 First Prize Groß Glienicke, Berlin, new settlement competition (TKA). Completed.

1986 The "Fantasia" design award for a small housing project, completed in 1990 in Almere New Town.

1984 Second prize (among 198 contestants) in Eastern Docks Design Competition, Amsterdam.

1978 First prize in design competition for Lelystad Yacht Club. Construction completed.

1970 "Grand Prix International d'Urbanisme et d'Architecture", gold medal, Cannes, France, together with Etienne Dusart.

1967 Harknes Fellowship of the Commonwealth Fund, New York. A two year Study.

Experience Record:

- Guest lecturer at several universities and conferences in the Netherlands and abroad.

1992 Presentation on town planning in The Netherlands for BBC Television.

1985 - date Owner-founder of the design consulting firm "BV Ontwerpbureau (Design Office) Teun Koolhaas Associates, TKA" in association with Freek Riem and Hubert de Boer.

1982 - date Principal urban designer of Zeewolde New Town, latest settlement in the Lake IJssel Region.

1981 Commissioned as a private consultant by the governor of the State of Vera Cruz, Mexico, to draft the Structure Plan for the City of Vera Cruz with Arquitecto Martin Ruiz Camino. The modernization and extension of the port of Vera Cruz forms part of this plan.

1979 Design of the Masterplan for Lake IJssel Region, Holland's twelfth and newest province.

1972 - 1986 Engineer with the Lake IJssel Polder Development Authority. Designer of the Masterplan for Almere New Town, planned population 250,000, at present 115,000 inhabitants.
Appointment by H.M. the Queen of the Netherlands to the rank of Senior Principal Engineer.

1969 - 1972 Consultant with Environmental Design NV, Amersfoort, The Netherlands. Urban design of the city-centre of Hannover, Germany. Architectural design of the Institute of Dentistry Complex, Utrecht University, The Netherlands. Overall cost 1972 US$ 30 million.

Language Ability:

Englis: excellent
German: fair
Dutch: mother tongue

TKA Almere, January 1997

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