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OFFICE

ROTTERDAM AND PATERSWOLDE


SteenhuisMeurs supplies current spatial assignments with a cultural heritage foundation.

We apply ourselves to the future of buildings, urban areas and cultural landscapes, based on the premise that these places have a memory. We interpret the context and define the capacity for change. We do this on behalf of governing authorities, real estate companies and design offices for whom spatial quality and cultural heritage values are inextricably linked. We enable them to make informed choices as regards, for example, adaptive reuse or new construction.  

When buildings or areas are charged with new meaning, they can be made to survive for a long time in a social, a cultural and an economic sense. Our objective is to show the scope for change, certainly not to block developments. Once the frameworks are clear, the room for manoeuvre can be surprisingly large. Using text and images, we offer guidance and inspiration to developers, designers and policy makers.  We understand the interests of real estate parties, and at the same time speak the language of monument conservationists and architects. We also appreciate contacts with local parties, such as historical associations. They frequently possess unique knowledge and are important for creating support. Whatever side of the table we are on, for us it is always the content that drives us and that connects parties.

The SteenhuisMeurs management consists of Marinke Steenhuis, Paul Meurs and Johanna van Doorn.



PARTNER

MARINKE STEENHUIS

Dr Marinke Steenhuis (1971), partner and architectural historian, grew up in the province of Drenthe and works as an advisor for municipalities, design offices and market parties. After sixty years of makeability and model thinking in spatial development, concepts such as context, identity and mentality are back on the agenda. How can we create living and working environments that are socially, culturally and economically sustainable? Marinke is an expert in the field of area identity. When the identity of the place is central to the assignment, opportunities and possibilities for innovation and support for changes will arise. Her strength lies in research and concept development concerning the mentality (‘genre de vie’) and spatial identity of areas. On the basis of a strong narrative focusing on the characteristics of an area, an inspired vision emerges, with the associated framework and assessment instruments. Marinke is a much sought-after speaker and writer, and a powerful connector between developing parties, designers, citizens, stakeholders and the heritage world. She is used to being on different sides of the table: from 2009-2014 she was chairman of the Rotterdam Committee for Building Aesthetics and Heritage and from 2008 to 2016 chairman of the Quality Team World Heritage Beemster; from 2011-2015 she was a member of the national Adaptive Reuse Team. At present she is a member of the Quality team Afsluitdijk (Enclosure Dam in the former Zuiderzee), a board member of the Carnegie Foundation and of the BPD (Bouwfonds Property Development) Culture Fund. She is a member of the independent advisory council development Waterloopbos (a nature area owned by the Society for Preservation of Nature Monuments in the Netherlands) and of the quality team landscape plan Stelling van Amsterdam (Defence Line of Amsterdam) / Connection A8-A9 motorway. She is also active as quartermaster landscape for the Metropolitan Region Amsterdam (MRA).


PARTNER

PAUL MEURS

Dr Paul Meurs (1963), partner and architect-researcher, grew up in Doorn, studied in Delft and continued his training in Sao Paulo. He is specialised in advising on transformation assignments in the existing city. Paul’s strength lies in converting heritage values into guidelines, frameworks or input for transformation processes. This is in line with Dutch heritage policy, in which the emphasis has shifted towards an area-oriented and development-oriented approach. This means that cultural heritage analyses should not only lead to recommendations for conservation, but should also serve to determine the room for change and the nature of such change. Paul focuses on the question of how the existing quality of a building or area can become the point of departure for new, appropriate development – for example in the form of architectural and transformation guidelines, area visions, supervision and (occasionally) a design. Where is room to be found for interventions in buildings and areas? What are the guidelines for interventions and how can the impact of such interventions on the cultural heritage quality be determined? Since 2006, Paul has been involved in the redevelopment of the Strijp R area in Eindhoven, and from 2009 to 2014 he worked on the continued development of Zaanse Schans. He is supervisor of the Doubling Oosterpark project in Amsterdam, the Zuiderziekenhuis hospital project in Rotterdam and of the residential areas De Oude Kooi and Zeeheldenbuurt in Leiden. He is a member of the Q team New Holland Waterline and an advisor to the Supervisory Board of BOEi (adaptive reuse and restoration of heritage). From 2006 to 2016 Paul Meurs held the chair of ‘Heritage and Cultural Value’ at TU Delft. On behalf of the Cultural Heritage Agency and the Dutch embassies, Paul regularly travels abroad (Russia, Sri Lanka, India, Brazil) to highlight the innovative Dutch heritage practice and to offer guidance to students in respect of heritage assignments.


ASSOCIATE PARTNER

JOHANNA VAN DOORN

Johanna van Doorn, MSc (1980), associate partner and architect-researcher, grew up in Latin America and Alphen aan den Rijn, and studied Architecture at TU Delft. She graduated in 2006 with an honourable mention from the RMIT department (now Heritage & Architecture). Her motivation is the further development of existing qualities from a historical perspective. From 2006 to 2007 she worked at Molenaar & Van Winden architects, and since 2007 she has been working as an architect-researcher at SteenhuisMeurs, where she became an associate partner in 2018. Within the office she has specialised in setting up cultural heritage assessments, architectural and transformation guidelines, visions based on cultural heritage for zoning plans, and environmental visions. In this process, the central theme is the conversion of (historical) knowledge into spatial analyses, design issues and conditions for (re)development at different levels of scale (from landscape, city to building).  The city of Rotterdam, where she lives, is a favourite area for research. Johanna is a practical lecturer at the Faculty of Architecture at TU Delft, a guest lecturer at the Academy of Architecture Amsterdam and a member of the Rotterdam Committee for Building Aesthetics and Heritage, specialised in architectural history.


OFFICE MANAGER

JOSÉ LUIKENS

José Luikens (1986), office manager and contact person for monument owners, grew up in Groningen. After her pedagogical staff training, she worked in the field of child care for a period of 9 years. In addition to this, she was a member of the national ice hockey team for 14 years. Since 2014 José has been working as an office manager at SteenhuisMeurs. Her strength lies in working with a wide range of people, a quality that comes in handy when visiting monumental buildings in the earthquake zone in the province of Groningen.


ARCHITECTURAL HISTORIAN

ISABEL VAN LENT

Isabel van Lent, MA (1981), architectural historian, grew up in Apeldoorn. After her architectural history studies at the University of Amsterdam, she worked for a number of years as a communications officer and editor, from 2013 onwards from her own research office. Her focus is on the meaning of cultural heritage for current spatial assignments, a field in which she has supported organisations including the Cultural Heritage Agency (RCE). Isabel is fascinated by the story behind the cultural landscape, with all its associated historical, spatial and social aspects. She applies her research skills at SteenhuisMeurs, where she has been working since 2018. She likes to immerse herself in the history of an area in order to unravel the underlying story and to discover the coherence between the various elements, such as architecture, greenery, water and infrastructure. She believes that these major narratives are indispensable for proper spatial innovation. Isabel worked on projects such as the cultural heritage assessment of the Dennenoord psychiatric hospital in Zuidlaren, development guidelines for the Slachthuis site in Haarlem, and valuation assessments of characteristic buildings: the 19th century Wilhelmina school in the Crooswijk quarter in Rotterdam, the post-war District Court in Eindhoven, and the vicarage in the earthquake village of Zandeweer.


ARCHITECT-RESEARCHER

BENJO ZWARTEVEEN

Benjo Zwarteveen, MSc (1992), architect-researcher, grew up in Soest and graduated under Job Roos, MSc (architecture) and Prof. Paul Meurs (research), on the subject of adaptive reuse of “Kasteel de Goede Hoop” (Castle of Good Hope), a fortress in Cape Town built on behalf of the VOC (Dutch East India Company). During his studies, he specialised in (dissonant) heritage, history of building, arts & culture, and sustainability. Benjo focuses on the social meaning of heritage. What does heritage tell us about our culture, and how can heritage remain sustainable both socially and technically? In his role as architect-researcher and project manager, his work included the valuation of a large number of (national) monumental buildings in the gas extraction area in Groningen, the Wereldmuseum (ethnographic museum) and the Wilhelmina school in Rotterdam, and the Bloemenbuurt Noord district in Eindhoven. At the District Court in Eindhoven and the Central District in Rotterdam, Benjo applied his knowledge in the field of sustainability and heritage to draw up recommendations in respect of energy transition and climate adaptation. In addition to his work at SteenhuisMeurs, Benjo participated in the redevelopment of the public library in Delft (new name: OPEN) and several of his own assignments and initiatives.


ARCHITECTURAL HISTORIAN

VICTORIEN KONINGSBERGER

Victorien Koningsberger, MA (1986), architectural historian, grew up in Bilthoven and graduated in 2011 in Utrecht on the subject of high-rise buildings in the Amsterdam expansion districts. She focuses on the (re)valuation of modern heritage, the stories about which have frequently remained underexposed. She worked for organisations such as the Van Eesteren Museum and the Cultural Heritage Agency, and for the municipality of Amsterdam. At SteenhuisMeurs she carried out research on the Achtersluispolder industrial area in Zaandam-Southeast and the student centre in Eindhoven, designed by architect Maaskant. Within the office she specialised in research and valuation of pre-war garden villages and garden districts, such as Bloemenbuurt in Eindhoven, Bloemwijk in Alkmaar and Zeeheldenbuurt in Wormerveer.


ARCHITECTURAL HISTORIAN

JOKE REICHARDT

Joke Reichardt, MA (1959) grew up in Rotterdam, but has been living in Hilversum for the last twenty years. In 2018, after a career in the financial sector, she graduated cum laude as an architectural historian, with a thesis on the American lecture tour of architect W. M. Dudok. For this purpose, she carried out research on archive documents that had not been studied before, a skill which occupies a central position at SteenhuisMeurs. In 2017 she did an internship at SteenhuisMeurs, which included working on a cultural heritage valuation assessment for the Klein Hitland brick ovens in Nieuwerkerk aan den IJssel. Joke is working on a great number of valuation assessments of monumental gas quake buildings in the province of Groningen, on the cultural heritage valuation map of Noordwijk and on the buildings on the Gele Scheikunde site on the TU Delft campus. In addition to her work at SteenhuisMeurs, Joke works as a guide in Dudok’s town hall in Hilversum, she is a volunteer at Dudok Architecture Centre in Hilversum and at Bond Heemschut (association for the protection of cultural monuments), and she carries out independent research in the field of history of the arts and architecture.


ARCHITECTURAL HISTORIAN

VITA TEUNISSEN


FORMER EMPLOYEES


Ingwer Walsweer, Trainee
Julia Geven, Student Architectural Historian
Thomas Kelderman, Trainee
Gerdien van der Graaff, Architectural Historian, Architect
Marlies Noijens, Architectural Historian
Minke Walda, Architectural Historian
Lara Voerman, Architectural Historian
Joost Emmerik, Landscape Architect.
Marloes Fransen, Landscape Architect
Annemarie Kuijt, Architectural Historian
Glenn Zevenbergen, Trainee
Marlies Noijens, Trainee
Marit Ligtenberg, Architectural Historian
Anke Vroon, Office Manager
Luc Timmermans, Trainee
Henriëtte Sanders, Architectural Historian
Désiree Kerklaan, Designer
Paoletta Holst, Trainee
HildeSennema, Architectural Historian
Chawwah Six, Architectural Historian
Merel Stolker, Architect
Anne Sophie de Bruijn, Architect
Elisabeth Boersma, Architect
Paula Klaver, Architectural Historian
Marcel IJsselstein, Trainee
Mariana Popescu, Trainee
Marc van Asseldonk, Architect
Sanne van Wijk, Trainee
Myrna Plomp, Architect




OFFICE

ROTTERDAM AND PATERSWOLDE


SteenhuisMeurs supplies current spatial assignments with a cultural heritage foundation.

We apply ourselves to the future of buildings, urban areas and cultural landscapes, based on the premise that these places have a memory. We interpret the context and define the capacity for change. We do this on behalf of governing authorities, real estate companies and design offices for whom spatial quality and cultural heritage values are inextricably linked. We enable them to make informed choices as regards, for example, adaptive reuse or new construction.  

When buildings or areas are charged with new meaning, they can be made to survive for a long time in a social, a cultural and an economic sense. Our objective is to show the scope for change, certainly not to block developments. Once the frameworks are clear, the room for manoeuvre can be surprisingly large. Using text and images, we offer guidance and inspiration to developers, designers and policy makers.  We understand the interests of real estate parties, and at the same time speak the language of monument conservationists and architects. We also appreciate contacts with local parties, such as historical associations. They frequently possess unique knowledge and are important for creating support. Whatever side of the table we are on, for us it is always the content that drives us and that connects parties.

The SteenhuisMeurs management consists of Marinke Steenhuis, Paul Meurs and Johanna van Doorn.




PARTNER

MARINKE STEENHUIS

Dr Marinke Steenhuis (1971), partner and architectural historian, grew up in the province of Drenthe and works as an advisor for municipalities, design offices and market parties. After sixty years of makeability and model thinking in spatial development, concepts such as context, identity and mentality are back on the agenda. How can we create living and working environments that are socially, culturally and economically sustainable? Marinke is an expert in the field of area identity. When the identity of the place is central to the assignment, opportunities and possibilities for innovation and support for changes will arise. Her strength lies in research and concept development concerning the mentality (‘genre de vie’) and spatial identity of areas. On the basis of a strong narrative focusing on the characteristics of an area, an inspired vision emerges, with the associated framework and assessment instruments. Marinke is a much sought-after speaker and writer, and a powerful connector between developing parties, designers, citizens, stakeholders and the heritage world. She is used to being on different sides of the table: from 2009-2014 she was chairman of the Rotterdam Committee for Building Aesthetics and Heritage and from 2008 to 2016 chairman of the Quality Team World Heritage Beemster; from 2011-2015 she was a member of the national Adaptive Reuse Team. At present she is a member of the Quality team Afsluitdijk (Enclosure Dam in the former Zuiderzee), a board member of the Carnegie Foundation and of the BPD (Bouwfonds Property Development) Culture Fund. She is a member of the independent advisory council development Waterloopbos (a nature area owned by the Society for Preservation of Nature Monuments in the Netherlands) and of the quality team landscape plan Stelling van Amsterdam (Defence Line of Amsterdam) / Connection A8-A9 motorway. She is also active as quartermaster landscape for the Metropolitan Region Amsterdam (MRA).



PARTNER

PAUL MEURS

Dr Paul Meurs (1963), partner and architect-researcher, grew up in Doorn, studied in Delft and continued his training in Sao Paulo. He is specialised in advising on transformation assignments in the existing city. Paul’s strength lies in converting heritage values into guidelines, frameworks or input for transformation processes. This is in line with Dutch heritage policy, in which the emphasis has shifted towards an area-oriented and development-oriented approach. This means that cultural heritage analyses should not only lead to recommendations for conservation, but should also serve to determine the room for change and the nature of such change. Paul focuses on the question of how the existing quality of a building or area can become the point of departure for new, appropriate development – for example in the form of architectural and transformation guidelines, area visions, supervision and (occasionally) a design. Where is room to be found for interventions in buildings and areas? What are the guidelines for interventions and how can the impact of such interventions on the cultural heritage quality be determined? Since 2006, Paul has been involved in the redevelopment of the Strijp R area in Eindhoven, and from 2009 to 2014 he worked on the continued development of Zaanse Schans. He is supervisor of the Doubling Oosterpark project in Amsterdam, the Zuiderziekenhuis hospital project in Rotterdam and of the residential areas De Oude Kooi and Zeeheldenbuurt in Leiden. He is a member of the Q team New Holland Waterline and an advisor to the Supervisory Board of BOEi (adaptive reuse and restoration of heritage). From 2006 to 2016 Paul Meurs held the chair of ‘Heritage and Cultural Value’ at TU Delft. On behalf of the Cultural Heritage Agency and the Dutch embassies, Paul regularly travels abroad (Russia, Sri Lanka, India, Brazil) to highlight the innovative Dutch heritage practice and to offer guidance to students in respect of heritage assignments.



ASSOCIATE PARTNER

JOHANNA VAN DOORN

Johanna van Doorn, MSc (1980), associate partner and architect-researcher, grew up in Latin America and Alphen aan den Rijn, and studied Architecture at TU Delft. She graduated in 2006 with an honourable mention from the RMIT department (now Heritage & Architecture). Her motivation is the further development of existing qualities from a historical perspective. From 2006 to 2007 she worked at Molenaar & Van Winden architects, and since 2007 she has been working as an architect-researcher at SteenhuisMeurs, where she became an associate partner in 2018. Within the office she has specialised in setting up cultural heritage assessments, architectural and transformation guidelines, visions based on cultural heritage for zoning plans, and environmental visions. In this process, the central theme is the conversion of (historical) knowledge into spatial analyses, design issues and conditions for (re)development at different levels of scale (from landscape, city to building).  The city of Rotterdam, where she lives, is a favourite area for research. Johanna is a practical lecturer at the Faculty of Architecture at TU Delft, a guest lecturer at the Academy of Architecture Amsterdam and a member of the Rotterdam Committee for Building Aesthetics and Heritage, specialised in architectural history.



OFFICE MANAGER

JOSÉ LUIKENS

José Luikens (1986), office manager and contact person for monument owners, grew up in Groningen. After her pedagogical staff training, she worked in the field of child care for a period of 9 years. In addition to this, she was a member of the national ice hockey team for 14 years. Since 2014 José has been working as an office manager at SteenhuisMeurs. Her strength lies in working with a wide range of people, a quality that comes in handy when visiting monumental buildings in the earthquake zone in the province of Groningen.



ARCHITECTURAL HISTORIAN

ISABEL VAN LENT

Isabel van Lent, MA (1981), architectural historian, grew up in Apeldoorn. After her architectural history studies at the University of Amsterdam, she worked for a number of years as a communications officer and editor, from 2013 onwards from her own research office. Her focus is on the meaning of cultural heritage for current spatial assignments, a field in which she has supported organisations including the Cultural Heritage Agency (RCE). Isabel is fascinated by the story behind the cultural landscape, with all its associated historical, spatial and social aspects. She applies her research skills at SteenhuisMeurs, where she has been working since 2018. She likes to immerse herself in the history of an area in order to unravel the underlying story and to discover the coherence between the various elements, such as architecture, greenery, water and infrastructure. She believes that these major narratives are indispensable for proper spatial innovation. Isabel worked on projects such as the cultural heritage assessment of the Dennenoord psychiatric hospital in Zuidlaren, development guidelines for the Slachthuis site in Haarlem, and valuation assessments of characteristic buildings: the 19th century Wilhelmina school in the Crooswijk quarter in Rotterdam, the post-war District Court in Eindhoven, and the vicarage in the earthquake village of Zandeweer.



ARCHITECT-RESEARCHER

BENJO ZWARTEVEEN

Benjo Zwarteveen, MSc (1992), architect-researcher, grew up in Soest and graduated under Job Roos, MSc (architecture) and Prof. Paul Meurs (research), on the subject of adaptive reuse of “Kasteel de Goede Hoop” (Castle of Good Hope), a fortress in Cape Town built on behalf of the VOC (Dutch East India Company). During his studies, he specialised in (dissonant) heritage, history of building, arts & culture, and sustainability. Benjo focuses on the social meaning of heritage. What does heritage tell us about our culture, and how can heritage remain sustainable both socially and technically? In his role as architect-researcher and project manager, his work included the valuation of a large number of (national) monumental buildings in the gas extraction area in Groningen, the Wereldmuseum (ethnographic museum) and the Wilhelmina school in Rotterdam, and the Bloemenbuurt Noord district in Eindhoven. At the District Court in Eindhoven and the Central District in Rotterdam, Benjo applied his knowledge in the field of sustainability and heritage to draw up recommendations in respect of energy transition and climate adaptation. In addition to his work at SteenhuisMeurs, Benjo participated in the redevelopment of the public library in Delft (new name: OPEN) and several of his own assignments and initiatives.



ARCHITECTURAL HISTORIAN

VICTORIEN KONINGSBERGER

Victorien Koningsberger, MA (1986), architectural historian, grew up in Bilthoven and graduated in 2011 in Utrecht on the subject of high-rise buildings in the Amsterdam expansion districts. She focuses on the (re)valuation of modern heritage, the stories about which have frequently remained underexposed. She worked for organisations such as the Van Eesteren Museum and the Cultural Heritage Agency, and for the municipality of Amsterdam. At SteenhuisMeurs she carried out research on the Achtersluispolder industrial area in Zaandam-Southeast and the student centre in Eindhoven, designed by architect Maaskant. Within the office she specialised in research and valuation of pre-war garden villages and garden districts, such as Bloemenbuurt in Eindhoven, Bloemwijk in Alkmaar and Zeeheldenbuurt in Wormerveer.



ARCHITECTURAL HISTORIAN

JOKE REICHARDT

Joke Reichardt, MA (1959) grew up in Rotterdam, but has been living in Hilversum for the last twenty years. In 2018, after a career in the financial sector, she graduated cum laude as an architectural historian, with a thesis on the American lecture tour of architect W. M. Dudok. For this purpose, she carried out research on archive documents that had not been studied before, a skill which occupies a central position at SteenhuisMeurs. In 2017 she did an internship at SteenhuisMeurs, which included working on a cultural heritage valuation assessment for the Klein Hitland brick ovens in Nieuwerkerk aan den IJssel. Joke is working on a great number of valuation assessments of monumental gas quake buildings in the province of Groningen, on the cultural heritage valuation map of Noordwijk and on the buildings on the Gele Scheikunde site on the TU Delft campus. In addition to her work at SteenhuisMeurs, Joke works as a guide in Dudok’s town hall in Hilversum, she is a volunteer at Dudok Architecture Centre in Hilversum and at Bond Heemschut (association for the protection of cultural monuments), and she carries out independent research in the field of history of the arts and architecture.



ARCHITECTURAL HISTORIAN

VITA TEUNISSEN



FORMER EMPLOYEES


Ingwer Walsweer, Trainee
Julia Geven, Student Architectural Historian
Thomas Kelderman, Trainee
Gerdien van der Graaff, Architectural Historian, Architect
Marlies Noijens, Architectural Historian
Minke Walda, Architectural Historian
Lara Voerman, Architectural Historian
Joost Emmerik, Landscape Architect.
Marloes Fransen, Landscape Architect
Annemarie Kuijt, Architectural Historian
Glenn Zevenbergen, Trainee
Marlies Noijens, Trainee
Marit Ligtenberg, Architectural Historian
Anke Vroon, Office Manager
Luc Timmermans, Trainee
Henriëtte Sanders, Architectural Historian
Désiree Kerklaan, Designer
Paoletta Holst, Trainee
HildeSennema, Architectural Historian
Chawwah Six, Architectural Historian
Merel Stolker, Architect
Anne Sophie de Bruijn, Architect
Elisabeth Boersma, Architect
Paula Klaver, Architectural Historian
Marcel IJsselstein, Trainee
Mariana Popescu, Trainee
Marc van Asseldonk, Architect
Sanne van Wijk, Trainee
Myrna Plomp, Architect



STEENHUISMEURS bv
+31 (0) 50 30 80 100




STEENHUISMEURS bv
+31 (0) 50 30 80 100