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.

Since establishment in 2000, our firm has been growing steadily. This was one of the reasons we moved to new premises in the centre of Rotterdam. The new studio is located in the Coloniahouse. The building has been specifically designed for building-related and architecture-related companies.


Jago van Bergen en Evert Kolpa


Rutger Aaftink / Dirk de Groot/ Evelina Juzbasjeva / Filippo Rossi / Eva Sips / Xiaoyue Shi

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 / 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 / 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


Innovatienetwerk Groene Ruimte
Vestia Rotterdam
Kavel Vastgoed
Herkon Vastgoedontwikkeling BV
Stichting Humanitas
AM Zuid-Holland Zuid
Provincie Overijssel
NOZEMA Nederlandsche Omroep en Zendermaatschappij, Lopikerkapel

Bouwfonds Ontwikkeling B.V. regio Zuid-West, Delft
Bouwfonds Asset Management B.V. Hoevelaken
Happy Shrimp Farm
Ouborg Vastgoed BV, Breda
WiMBY! International Building Exhibition Rotterdam-Hoogvliet
OBR Ontwikkelingsbedrijf Rotterdam
dS+V dienst Stedenbouw en Volkshuisvesting, 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


Wijnstraat 96-B
3011 TR Rotterdam
The Netherlands

T. +31 (0)10 4782266



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