Jago van Bergen and Evert Kolpa are orientated towards designing and realizing buildings, developing scenarios and doing research. The projects run a gamut of scales: from buildings to interior design, from landscape to process and ecology design. All projects can be identified by strong concepts, based on wide research translated into clear spatial designs.

Focus of the working method is the formation of a balance - a natural equilibrium - between programme, landscape and natural resources. The balance is a dynamic system like a natural scaleless ecology, which can connect different spatial conditions and programs. In this way the seeming contradictions between design brief, technology and context can be used in an inventive and positive way. The spatial translation of these processes generate new typologies for the city, buildings or landscape. This makes the imaginative power of architecture, in an era marked by intensive space utilization and by environmental challenges, of great importance and highly relevant for the future.

Office organisation

Van Bergen Kolpa Architects is organized around its best-developed capacity: designing and realizing architectural projects on the basis of solid research. In the studio, a compact, enthusiastic team of university/academy trained specialists works under the leadership of two architect/directors.

The firm's special area of interest is large-scale, complex projects. Over the years, we have accumulated working experience with a broad team of external advisors who support the firm in its design activities. In implementing our designs, for example, we normally carry out the detailing and production together with a firm of building engineering specialists. This approach means we can concentrate on our core activity, designing the built fabric, so that on each project we can seek the specific enrichment and expertise that accords best with the client's vision.


Jago van Bergen en Evert Kolpa


Rutger Aaftink / Dirk de Groot / Xinrui Li / Filippo Rossi / Olivier Renevret / Eva Sips /

Staff since 2000

Maria Alcaraz Ruiz / Nieves Alvarez / Santiago Ardila / Pascalle Asgarali / Linda Audrey / Wen Bao / Jana Blahova / Nienke Bouwhuis / Pinar Bozoglan / Frans de Bruin / Daniele Burrascano / Denny Chan / Willem-Paul Dreesman / Corine Erades / Bruno Evers / Joana Ferreira Vilaca / Sofia Fernandes / Marcel Geerdink / Joao Guilherme Viaro Correa / Jeroen de Haas / Iveta Fiedlerova / Loic Fumeaux / Andre Haubrich / Elza Heemskerk / Ivo Hoppers / Jon Jeronimus / Evelina Juzbasjeva / Egle Kazdailyte / Rudo Koot / Gabriela Kopacikova / Helena Kounitzky / Minyoung Kwon / Jesse Lavalaye / Amaia Lezaun Agos / Martyna Matysiak / Pauline Melet / Marina Ortega / Maria Pedal / Sander van der Poort / Tomasz Puszcz / Tim Reekers / Jan Sarka / Roy Sieljes / Xiaoyue Shi / Lennart Sirag / Olga Skrbenska / Niels Tilanus / Remko Toonen / Martina Tunkova / Jan Wessels / Laurens IJsselmuiden / Ang Yu / Patrick Zwiers / Willemijn Lofvers was as partner involved with all projects up till 2005


BPD / Havensteder / Inagro / REO veiling / Wageningen UR Glastuinbouw / COFCO / Agri Garden / Leyten / Eliza Vastgoed / Cedrus Vastgoed / Parkhaven CV / BAM woningbouw / Dura Vermeer / Schipper Bosch / Vlaams Bouwmeester / AG Vespa Antwerpen / Greenport West Holland / Food Cluster Rotterdam / Oregional / Stroom Den Haag / Pameijer / Berlage Instituut / Vestia Rotterdam / Kavel Vastgoed / Herkon Vastgoedontwikkeling BV / Stichting Humanitas / AMVEST / AM Zuid-Holland Zuid / Provincie Overijssel / NOZEMA Nederlandsche Omroep en Zendermaatschappij, Lopikerkapel / Bouwfonds Asset Management B.V. Hoevelaken / Ouborg Vastgoed BV, Breda / WiMBY! International Building Exhibition Rotterdam-Hoogvliet / Stadsontwikkeling Rotterdam / AIR Architectuur Instituut Rotterdam / Architectuur Biënnale Rotterdam / BVR Adviseurs / Neutelings Riedijk Architecten bv / Academie van Bouwkunst Rotterdam / Academie voor Architectuur en Stedenbouw, Tilburg / Kenniskring TransUrban Hogeschool Rotterdam / Design Academy Eindhoven / Stichting Prix de Rome / Fonds voor Beeldende Kunsten Vormgeving en Bouwkunst / Ministerie LNV Dienst Landelijk Gebied


Wageningen UR Glastuinbouw / Tractebel engineers / Smiemans projecten / WSP ingenieurs / van Rossum constructie / Zonneveld ingenieurs / DGMR / Valstar Simonis / Lichtvormgevers / van Ginkel Groep / Bergblick Interieurarchitectuur / Pieters Bouwtechniek / ZRI / LBP Raadgevende Ingenieurs / van Reisen bouwmanagment & advies / Ammerlaan constructies / Logiqs / Viscon Group / Certhon /  BVR adviseurs / De Nijl Architecten / Bleeker Nauta landschapsarchitecten / Royal Haskoning bv Rotterdam / VW Netwerk Bouw Apeldoorn / Ney & partners / Vijftien Installatieontwerp / ZUS landschaparchitecten / Aveco de Bondt / Niek Roozen Loos van Vliet Landscape Architects / Alterra Wageningen UR / ABT Ingenieurs / Wolf + Dikken / BBN / CAE Nederland / LBP Raadgevende Ingenieurs /  Van Reisen bouwmanagment & advies / Juurlink+Geluk Stedenbouw+Landschap / ARUP / Werkplaats Vincent de Rijk / Vestus Bouwadvies / Buro Bouwfysica / Bureau Bouwkunde Rotterdam / Technical Consultantcy / Havenbedrijf Rotterdam / Waterschap Rijnland /


World Architecture Festival 2022 | Completed Building Award | Agrotopia

World Architecture Festival 2022 | Use of Natural Daylight Award | Finalist | Agrotopia

World Architecture Festival 2022 | Building of the Year Award | Runner up | Agrotopia

Belgium construction Awards 2022 | Smart innovation Award | Agrotopia

Dezeen Awards 2022 | Short list | Agrotopia

ARC22 Awards 2022 | Short list | Agrotopia

Job Dura Prijs 2021 | Nomination | Family Scraper Maasbode

Architecture Prize Almere 2020 | Nomination | Duin Boomrijk

Design Competition Who Cares | Board of Government Advisors | Honorable Mention | 2017


Rotterdam Architecture Prize for housing 2012 | Finalist | Co-Housing Hoogvliet

Hedy d'Ancona Prize for healthcare architecture 2012 | Finalist | Co-Housing Hoogvliet

World Architecture Festival 2011 | Housing Award | Finalist | Co-Housing Hoogvliet

World Architecture Festival 2011 | Landscape Award | Finalist | Park Supermarket

Design Competition Casa Nova | Haaglanden Urban District | 1st Prize | Westwater City | 2007

Innovation Award | International Architecture Biennale Rotterdam | Infra Ecologie | 2003

Charlotte Köhler Prize for Architecture | 2001

Prix ​​de Rome 2001 | Urbanism and Landscape | 2nd Prize | Greenhouse and Land


Wijnstraat 96-B
3011 TR Rotterdam
The Netherlands

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Architecture Trainee

Are you interested in the physical representation of architecture and model building? Then Van Bergen Kolpa immediately has an internship available for a minimum of six months.

The internship gives the opportunity to become acquainted with various aspects of the design discipline towards realization. The activities focus on making work and presentation models with different materials such as cardboard, plastic and foam. The office uses ONLY Vectorworks 2d/3d, Renderworks and Revit.

Do you have excellent modeling and drawing skills? Are you creative and innovative with a vision that fits our work? Mail your curriculum and portfolio to post@vanbergenkolpa.