KCAP appoints five new partners

KCAP is pleased to announce it has strengthened its management with the appointment of five new partners: Xavier Blaringhem, Jeroen Dirckx, Anouk Kuitenbrouwer, Edward Schuurmans and Renske van der Stoep.

These new positions enable KCAP to futureproof its leading position as an international design firm for architecture, urbanism and landscape design. In their work for KCAP, the new partners have significantly contributed to KCAP’s continuous striving to shape sustainable cities for the future; livable habitats that foster health, education, social inclusiveness and economic prosperity for future generations.

“I am proud that Xavier, Jeroen, Anouk, Edward and Renske have joined our team of partners. Their talent and experience are exactly what KCAP needs to face our fast growing international portfolio and the ever increasing demands for high-quality solutions for liveable cities all over the world,” says Kees Christiaanse.

KCAP in transition

KCAP was founded in 1989 by Kees Christiaanse. Together with Han van den Born, Irma van Oort, Ruurd Gietema and Ute Schneider, KCAP has grown to be a leading international player with offices in Rotterdam, Zurich and Shanghai. The appointment of the five new partners is an important step in KCAP’s current transition process. Further developments will be announced soon.

About the new partners

Xavier Blaringhem works since 2004 for KCAP, initially from the Rotterdam office and in the past years in Zurich. He is involved in urban design and architectural projects across Switzerland and France focused on  strengthening KCAP’s activities in French speaking countries. Additionally, Xavier has a teaching engagement at the ENSAS architecture school in Strasbourg.

Jeroen Dirckx joined KCAP in 2005 and works at the Rotterdam office as conceptual designer and project manager of complex urban assignments. With a design-led approach, Jeroen guides multi-disciplinary teams with various experts and commissioners and often in combination with public participation processes. He has a special affinity with sustainable urban developments.

Anouk Kuitenbrouwer works since 2006 at KCAP. From the office in Zurich, she is responsible for urban projects in Switzerland and Europe. In her work, Anouk combines design with strategy. She has a strong expertise in urban developments around transport hubs and airports with a focus on design of public spaces.

Edward Schuurmans joined KCAP in 2013 and  works from the Rotterdam office on architectural assignments and projects on the fringe between architecture and urban planning. He is an expert in complex inner-city transformation and densification processes where he strives to realise sustainable environments that are generous for everyone.

Renske van der Stoep reinforces the team of KCAP since 2016 from the office in Rotterdam where she is continuously on the outlook for renewal, innovation and connections on different scales. She works on Dutch and international design projects using a clear and conceptual approach.