PROFILE

 

BART AKKERHUIS is an architect and former associate of Renzo Piano. He is the founder of Paris-based firm Studio Akkerhuis.

He studied architecture at the Delft University of Technology in the Netherlands from which he graduated with an honorable mention in 2004. After his studies he moved to London to work for HOK International as a project architect on a number of large schemes.

For over 10 years he worked for the Renzo Piano Building Workshop in Paris, where he contributed to several projects including the KPN Tower in Rotterdam and the Art Institute of Chicago. He led the design and construction of the facade of Europe’s tallest tower, the Shard at London Bridge. It officially opened in June 2012.

That same year Bart became an associate and since then has been the architect in charge for several large scale projects including the 620-meter-tall Yongsan Landmark Tower in Seoul, the M+ Museum in Hong Kong, and the Bishop Ranch, a shopping centre and urban development in San Ramon, Northern California.

In October 2014 Bart founded Studio Akkerhuis in Paris. In a short period the office has grown to 20 staff, working on a diverse range of projects worldwide. A notable project currently under construction is the 55 000 m² large Meelfabriek in Leiden. This year the Studio was selected for the Biennale of Lyon and was awarded the Innovation Award at the Biennale of Bordeaux. Bart Akkerhuis is also active as a lecturer, visiting critic and member of jury for projects and conferences across Europe. He received the Design Vanguard Award from the influential American magazine Architectural Record in 2016; ´It brings together the architects who are already doing some of the most innovative architecture work in the field and will lead the profession in the future. They are the firms at the forefront of design and the architects to watch’.