KCAP Architects&Planners is a Dutch office for architecture, urban design and urban planning, founded by Kees Christiaanse in 1989. During the last 25 years KCAP has established itself as one of the leading international practices in the fields of architecture and urbanism.

Field of work
With a multi-disciplinary approach to complex design issues, KCAP has gained extensive experience in large-scale urban design and master planning, waterfront redevelopments, campus design and public transportation hubs. Architectural designs range from housing, education and care to public and utility buildings and mixed-use programs. KCAP develops concepts and visions that address sustainability, urbanization and infrastructure. KCAP is connected to various urban research programs.

KCAP is based in Rotterdam and has two branch offices in Zurich (CH) and Shanghai (CN). KCAP Zurich was established in 2006 after winning two international design competitions in Zurich. KCAP Shanghai, established in early 2011, and supports KCAP’s growing portfolio in China. 

KCAP is led by 4 partners: founder Kees Christiaanse, Ruurd Gietema, Irma van Oort and Ute Schneider. Hans van Schuylenburch holds the position of managing director.

This team is completed by associates Frank Werner, Jeroen Dirckx, Masha Pidodnia, Edward Schuurmans, Michael Trinkner and Renske van der Stoep (KCAP Rotterdam), Anouk Kuitenbrouwer and Xavier Blaringhem (KCAP Zurich) and Ya-Hsin Chen (KCAP Shanghai).

KCAP employs a staff over 80 professionals including architects, urban designers, landscape architects and urban planners of about 20 nationalities. Mentoring systems and maintaining close ties to major universities in Europe and Asia, to ‘think tanks’ and non-governmental institutions, fostering young architects and promoting an ongoing research culture within the office, have earned KCAP a reputation as progressive and humanist organization. KCAP handles a ‘collegiate’ approach at every level, which enables design and management to collaborate and contribute their individual expertise to all phases of the projects.