Ruurd Gietema


Ruurd Gietema studied at TU Delft where he graduated in 2002 as an urban planner. In 2000 he was awarded the prestigious Maaskant Prize for Young Architects for the collaboration with Bindels/Gietema/Hartzema/Klok in which he worked on various urban and spatial design projects. Alongside with his studies, he was part of this collaboration and worked in various Dutch offices including West8, MVRDV and UN Studio.

Ruurd joined KCAP in 1996. Since 1999 he has been a part of the management team and partner since 2002. In this function he holds a key role in KCAP’s urban planning and design direction. From KCAP’s Rotterdam office he performs design research and works on projects in the Netherlands, Europe, Russia and Asia. At KCAP, he pioneered a multi-disciplinary approach to complex design issues and accomplished an extensive experience in both, the development of appealing new urban districts and urban regeneration strategies. These include the redevelopment of the Singuang and Qinshuihe area in Shenzhen, Schiphol Trade Park in Amsterdam and FredericiaC in Demark, among others. He led design teams for numerous awarded urban design competitions worldwide, such as Bahia de Passia in San Sebastian, Neo Brussels, Bao’an Coastal Shenzhen and Vasilievsky Island in St. Petersburg.

Ruurd has broad jury, teaching and lecture experience at renowned national and international institutes such as TU Delft, TU Berlin, AA London, FCL Singapore, ETH Zurich, Royal Academy of Architecture Copenhagen, New Jersey Institute of Technology, Berlage Institute, University Seoul and the Tongji University Shanghai. He is co-author of various essays and articles on urban design and is a member of the advisory committee of the Creative Industries Fund NL.