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OFFICE

ROTTERDAM AND PATERSWOLDE


SteenhuisMeurs supplies current spatial assignments with a cultural heritage foundation.

We apply ourselves to the future of buildings, urban areas and cultural landscapes, based on the premise that these places have a memory. We interpret the context and define the capacity for change. We do this on behalf of governing authorities, real estate companies and design offices for whom spatial quality and cultural heritage values are inextricably linked. We enable them to make informed choices as regards, for example, adaptive reuse or new construction.  

When buildings or areas are charged with new meaning, they can be made to survive for a long time in a social, a cultural and an economic sense. Our objective is to show the scope for change, certainly not to block developments. Once the frameworks are clear, the room for manoeuvre can be surprisingly large. Using text and images, we offer guidance and inspiration to developers, designers and policy makers.  We understand the interests of real estate parties, and at the same time speak the language of monument conservationists and architects. We also appreciate contacts with local parties, such as historical associations. They frequently possess unique knowledge and are important for creating support. Whatever side of the table we are on, for us it is always the content that drives us and that connects parties.

The SteenhuisMeurs management consists of Marinke Steenhuis, Paul Meurs and Johanna van Doorn.



PARTNER

MARINKE STEENHUIS

Dr Marinke Steenhuis (1971), partner and architectural historian, grew up in the province of Drenthe and works as an advisor for municipalities, design offices and market parties. After sixty years of makeability and model thinking in spatial development, concepts such as context, identity and mentality are back on the agenda. How can we create living and working environments that are socially, culturally and economically sustainable? Marinke is an expert in the field of area identity. When the identity of the place is central to the assignment, opportunities and possibilities for innovation and support for changes will arise. Her strength lies in research and concept development concerning the mentality (‘genre de vie’) and spatial identity of areas. On the basis of a strong narrative focusing on the characteristics of an area, an inspired vision emerges, with the associated framework and assessment instruments. Marinke is a much sought-after speaker and writer, and a powerful connector between developing parties, designers, citizens, stakeholders and the heritage world. She is used to being on different sides of the table: from 2009-2014 she was chairman of the Rotterdam Committee for Building Aesthetics and Heritage and from 2008 to 2016 chairman of the Quality Team World Heritage Beemster; from 2011-2015 she was a member of the national Adaptive Reuse Team. At present she is a member of the Quality team Afsluitdijk (Enclosure Dam in the former Zuiderzee), a board member of the Carnegie Foundation and of the BPD (Bouwfonds Property Development) Culture Fund. She is a member of the independent advisory council development Waterloopbos (a nature area owned by the Society for Preservation of Nature Monuments in the Netherlands) and of the quality team landscape plan Stelling van Amsterdam (Defence Line of Amsterdam) / Connection A8-A9 motorway. She is also active as quartermaster landscape for the Metropolitan Region Amsterdam (MRA).


PARTNER

PAUL MEURS

Dr Paul Meurs (1963), partner and architect-researcher, grew up in Doorn, studied in Delft and continued his training in Sao Paulo. He is specialised in advising on transformation assignments in the existing city. Paul’s strength lies in converting heritage values into guidelines, frameworks or input for transformation processes. This is in line with Dutch heritage policy, in which the emphasis has shifted towards an area-oriented and development-oriented approach. This means that cultural heritage analyses should not only lead to recommendations for conservation, but should also serve to determine the room for change and the nature of such change. Paul focuses on the question of how the existing quality of a building or area can become the point of departure for new, appropriate development – for example in the form of architectural and transformation guidelines, area visions, supervision and (occasionally) a design. Where is room to be found for interventions in buildings and areas? What are the guidelines for interventions and how can the impact of such interventions on the cultural heritage quality be determined? Since 2006, Paul has been involved in the redevelopment of the Strijp R area in Eindhoven, and from 2009 to 2014 he worked on the continued development of Zaanse Schans. He is supervisor of the Doubling Oosterpark project in Amsterdam, the Zuiderziekenhuis hospital project in Rotterdam and of the residential areas De Oude Kooi and Zeeheldenbuurt in Leiden. He is a member of the Q team New Holland Waterline and an advisor to the Supervisory Board of BOEi (adaptive reuse and restoration of heritage). From 2006 to 2016 Paul Meurs held the chair of ‘Heritage and Cultural Value’ at TU Delft. On behalf of the Cultural Heritage Agency and the Dutch embassies, Paul regularly travels abroad (Russia, Sri Lanka, India, Brazil) to highlight the innovative Dutch heritage practice and to offer guidance to students in respect of heritage assignments.


ASSOCIATE PARTNER

JOHANNA VAN DOORN

Johanna van Doorn, MSc (1980), associate partner and architect-researcher, grew up in Latin America and Alphen aan den Rijn, and studied Architecture at TU Delft. She graduated in 2006 with an honourable mention from the RMIT department (now Heritage & Architecture). Her motivation is the further development of existing qualities from a historical perspective. From 2006 to 2007 she worked at Molenaar & Van Winden architects, and since 2007 she has been working as an architect-researcher at SteenhuisMeurs, where she became an associate partner in 2018. Within the office she has specialised in setting up cultural heritage assessments, architectural and transformation guidelines, visions based on cultural heritage for zoning plans, and environmental visions. In this process, the central theme is the conversion of (historical) knowledge into spatial analyses, design issues and conditions for (re)development at different levels of scale (from landscape, city to building).  The city of Rotterdam, where she lives, is a favourite area for research. Johanna is a practical lecturer at the Faculty of Architecture at TU Delft, a guest lecturer at the Academy of Architecture Amsterdam and a member of the Rotterdam Committee for Building Aesthetics and Heritage, specialised in architectural history.


OFFICE- / HR-MANAGER

JOSÉ LUIKENS

José Luikens (1986), office manager and contact person for monument owners, grew up in Groningen. After her pedagogical staff training, she worked in the field of child care for a period of 9 years. In addition to this, she was a member of the national ice hockey team for 14 years. Since 2014 José has been working as an office manager at SteenhuisMeurs. Her strength lies in working with a wide range of people, a quality that comes in handy when visiting monumental buildings in the earthquake zone in the province of Groningen.


ARCHITECTURAL HISTORIAN

ISABEL VAN LENT

Isabel van Lent, MA (1981), architectural historian, grew up in Apeldoorn. After her architectural history studies at the University of Amsterdam, she worked for a number of years as a communications officer and editor, from 2013 onwards from her own research office. Her focus is on the meaning of cultural heritage for current spatial assignments, a field in which she has supported organisations including the Cultural Heritage Agency (RCE). Isabel is fascinated by the story behind the cultural landscape, with all its associated historical, spatial and social aspects. She applies her research skills at SteenhuisMeurs, where she has been working since 2018. She likes to immerse herself in the history of an area in order to unravel the underlying story and to discover the coherence between the various elements, such as architecture, greenery, water and infrastructure. She believes that these major narratives are indispensable for proper spatial innovation. Isabel worked on projects such as the cultural heritage assessment of the Dennenoord psychiatric hospital in Zuidlaren, development guidelines for the Slachthuis site in Haarlem, and valuation assessments of characteristic buildings: the 19th century Wilhelmina school in the Crooswijk quarter in Rotterdam, the post-war District Court in Eindhoven, and the vicarage in the earthquake village of Zandeweer.


ARCHITECT-RESEARCHER

JELLE HETTEMA

Jelle Hettema MSc, MA (1993), architect-researcher, grew up in Nunspeet, Northern Veluwe. He studied architecture at Delft University of Technology, where he carried out his graduation research at the Heritage & Architecture department, on the subject of a new interpretation of Structuralism. In addition, he graduated in 2018 from VU University of Amsterdam as an architectural historian, specialising in the subject of architecture of reused shipping yards. This is how the fascination for historical and modern architecture took shape. Throughout his studies, the conviction grew that architecture is not static, but is continuously evolving. The challenge is to be found in the playing field between history and future. Preservation is not paramount, but can fulfil quality standards by using historical stratification in present-day assignments. In this context, cultural heritage can serve as a basis for the development of buildings, cities and landscapes.
At SteenhuisMeurs the projects he worked on included the (national) monumental buildings in the gas mining area (plagued by earthquakes) in the province of Groningen, a cultural heritage valuation for the monumental part of Blijdorp Zoo, and a design for the ‘glop’, i.e. the narrow path south of the mustard mill ‘De Huisman’ at Zaanse Schans.


ARCHITECTURAL HISTORIAN-IN-TRAINING/JUNIOR RESEARCHER

MARTHA BOEKESTEIN


Martha Boekestein BSc (1995), architectural historian-in-training and junior researcher, grew up in Arnhem and Oosterbeek. In 2019, she obtained her BSc degree in architecture from Eindhoven University of Technology, following which she started on her MA architectural history at the VU University of Amsterdam. This brought together her different interests in the field of the built environment and (historical) research. She is currently working on her graduation thesis on the subject of architect Jacoba Keegstra, the first woman to graduate at the Amsterdam Academy of Architecture. As a result of her work at SteenhuisMeurs, Martha’s interest in more modern architecture has increased. This has also influenced the subject of her thesis. In 2019, she did an internship at SteenhuisMeurs, working mainly on the valuation assessment of various (national) monumental buildings in the gas mining area in the province of Groningen. After her internship, her work included cultural heritage research in respect of the area around The Hague Central Station and a number of buildings in the Merwehaven area in Rotterdam. In this connection she also produced valuation assessments and recommendations.


ARCHITECTURAL HISTORIAN AND ARCHITECT-IN-TRAINING

VITA TEUNISSEN

Vita Teunissen, MA (1994), architectural historian and architect, grew up in Amsterdam and Haarlemmermeer. In 2018 she graduated as an architectural historian on the subject of emancipation in post-war housing culture at VU University in Amsterdam. For her graduation project at the Faculty of Architecture of TU Delft she is currently investigating the relationship between nature, architecture and de-stressing, and she is working on the design of an experience landscape in the Biesbosch wetlands in the province of Noord-Brabant. Her interest lies in connecting the past with the future. How can a cultural heritage framework or research serve as inspiration for a design assignment? How do the past and the future relate to each other, and how can a proper balance be maintained? At SteenhuisMeurs her work has included the development of area passports for the former unfree Colony of Benevolence of Veenhuizen, the cultural heritage characterisation and valuation of the outdoor areas on and around the Binnenhof seat of government in The Hague, and the valuation assessment of a number of quake buildings in the north-eastern part of the province of Groningen.


FORMER EMPLOYEES


Ingwer Walsweer, Trainee
Julia Geven, Student Architectural Historian
Thomas Kelderman, Trainee
Gerdien van der Graaff, Architectural Historian, Architect
Marlies Noijens, Architectural Historian
Minke Walda, Architectural Historian
Lara Voerman, Architectural Historian
Joost Emmerik, Landscape Architect.
Marloes Fransen, Landscape Architect
Annemarie Kuijt, Architectural Historian
Glenn Zevenbergen, Trainee
Marlies Noijens, Trainee
Marit Ligtenberg, Architectural Historian
Anke Vroon, Office Manager
Luc Timmermans, Trainee
Henriëtte Sanders, Architectural Historian
Désiree Kerklaan, Designer
Paoletta Holst, Trainee
HildeSennema, Architectural Historian
Chawwah Six, Architectural Historian
Merel Stolker, Architect
Anne Sophie de Bruijn, Architect
Elisabeth Boersma, Architect
Paula Klaver, Architectural Historian
Marcel IJsselstein, Trainee
Mariana Popescu, Trainee
Marc van Asseldonk, Architect
Sanne van Wijk, Trainee
Myrna Plomp, Architect
Joke Reichardt, Architectural Historian




OFFICE

ROTTERDAM AND PATERSWOLDE


SteenhuisMeurs supplies current spatial assignments with a cultural heritage foundation.

We apply ourselves to the future of buildings, urban areas and cultural landscapes, based on the premise that these places have a memory. We interpret the context and define the capacity for change. We do this on behalf of governing authorities, real estate companies and design offices for whom spatial quality and cultural heritage values are inextricably linked. We enable them to make informed choices as regards, for example, adaptive reuse or new construction.  

When buildings or areas are charged with new meaning, they can be made to survive for a long time in a social, a cultural and an economic sense. Our objective is to show the scope for change, certainly not to block developments. Once the frameworks are clear, the room for manoeuvre can be surprisingly large. Using text and images, we offer guidance and inspiration to developers, designers and policy makers.  We understand the interests of real estate parties, and at the same time speak the language of monument conservationists and architects. We also appreciate contacts with local parties, such as historical associations. They frequently possess unique knowledge and are important for creating support. Whatever side of the table we are on, for us it is always the content that drives us and that connects parties.

The SteenhuisMeurs management consists of Marinke Steenhuis, Paul Meurs and Johanna van Doorn.




PARTNER

MARINKE STEENHUIS

Dr Marinke Steenhuis (1971), partner and architectural historian, grew up in the province of Drenthe and works as an advisor for municipalities, design offices and market parties. After sixty years of makeability and model thinking in spatial development, concepts such as context, identity and mentality are back on the agenda. How can we create living and working environments that are socially, culturally and economically sustainable? Marinke is an expert in the field of area identity. When the identity of the place is central to the assignment, opportunities and possibilities for innovation and support for changes will arise. Her strength lies in research and concept development concerning the mentality (‘genre de vie’) and spatial identity of areas. On the basis of a strong narrative focusing on the characteristics of an area, an inspired vision emerges, with the associated framework and assessment instruments. Marinke is a much sought-after speaker and writer, and a powerful connector between developing parties, designers, citizens, stakeholders and the heritage world. She is used to being on different sides of the table: from 2009-2014 she was chairman of the Rotterdam Committee for Building Aesthetics and Heritage and from 2008 to 2016 chairman of the Quality Team World Heritage Beemster; from 2011-2015 she was a member of the national Adaptive Reuse Team. At present she is a member of the Quality team Afsluitdijk (Enclosure Dam in the former Zuiderzee), a board member of the Carnegie Foundation and of the BPD (Bouwfonds Property Development) Culture Fund. She is a member of the independent advisory council development Waterloopbos (a nature area owned by the Society for Preservation of Nature Monuments in the Netherlands) and of the quality team landscape plan Stelling van Amsterdam (Defence Line of Amsterdam) / Connection A8-A9 motorway. She is also active as quartermaster landscape for the Metropolitan Region Amsterdam (MRA).



PARTNER

PAUL MEURS

Dr Paul Meurs (1963), partner and architect-researcher, grew up in Doorn, studied in Delft and continued his training in Sao Paulo. He is specialised in advising on transformation assignments in the existing city. Paul’s strength lies in converting heritage values into guidelines, frameworks or input for transformation processes. This is in line with Dutch heritage policy, in which the emphasis has shifted towards an area-oriented and development-oriented approach. This means that cultural heritage analyses should not only lead to recommendations for conservation, but should also serve to determine the room for change and the nature of such change. Paul focuses on the question of how the existing quality of a building or area can become the point of departure for new, appropriate development – for example in the form of architectural and transformation guidelines, area visions, supervision and (occasionally) a design. Where is room to be found for interventions in buildings and areas? What are the guidelines for interventions and how can the impact of such interventions on the cultural heritage quality be determined? Since 2006, Paul has been involved in the redevelopment of the Strijp R area in Eindhoven, and from 2009 to 2014 he worked on the continued development of Zaanse Schans. He is supervisor of the Doubling Oosterpark project in Amsterdam, the Zuiderziekenhuis hospital project in Rotterdam and of the residential areas De Oude Kooi and Zeeheldenbuurt in Leiden. He is a member of the Q team New Holland Waterline and an advisor to the Supervisory Board of BOEi (adaptive reuse and restoration of heritage). From 2006 to 2016 Paul Meurs held the chair of ‘Heritage and Cultural Value’ at TU Delft. On behalf of the Cultural Heritage Agency and the Dutch embassies, Paul regularly travels abroad (Russia, Sri Lanka, India, Brazil) to highlight the innovative Dutch heritage practice and to offer guidance to students in respect of heritage assignments.



ASSOCIATE PARTNER

JOHANNA VAN DOORN

Johanna van Doorn, MSc (1980), associate partner and architect-researcher, grew up in Latin America and Alphen aan den Rijn, and studied Architecture at TU Delft. She graduated in 2006 with an honourable mention from the RMIT department (now Heritage & Architecture). Her motivation is the further development of existing qualities from a historical perspective. From 2006 to 2007 she worked at Molenaar & Van Winden architects, and since 2007 she has been working as an architect-researcher at SteenhuisMeurs, where she became an associate partner in 2018. Within the office she has specialised in setting up cultural heritage assessments, architectural and transformation guidelines, visions based on cultural heritage for zoning plans, and environmental visions. In this process, the central theme is the conversion of (historical) knowledge into spatial analyses, design issues and conditions for (re)development at different levels of scale (from landscape, city to building).  The city of Rotterdam, where she lives, is a favourite area for research. Johanna is a practical lecturer at the Faculty of Architecture at TU Delft, a guest lecturer at the Academy of Architecture Amsterdam and a member of the Rotterdam Committee for Building Aesthetics and Heritage, specialised in architectural history.



OFFICE- / HR-MANAGER

JOSÉ LUIKENS

José Luikens (1986), office manager and contact person for monument owners, grew up in Groningen. After her pedagogical staff training, she worked in the field of child care for a period of 9 years. In addition to this, she was a member of the national ice hockey team for 14 years. Since 2014 José has been working as an office manager at SteenhuisMeurs. Her strength lies in working with a wide range of people, a quality that comes in handy when visiting monumental buildings in the earthquake zone in the province of Groningen.



ARCHITECTURAL HISTORIAN

ISABEL VAN LENT

Isabel van Lent, MA (1981), architectural historian, grew up in Apeldoorn. After her architectural history studies at the University of Amsterdam, she worked for a number of years as a communications officer and editor, from 2013 onwards from her own research office. Her focus is on the meaning of cultural heritage for current spatial assignments, a field in which she has supported organisations including the Cultural Heritage Agency (RCE). Isabel is fascinated by the story behind the cultural landscape, with all its associated historical, spatial and social aspects. She applies her research skills at SteenhuisMeurs, where she has been working since 2018. She likes to immerse herself in the history of an area in order to unravel the underlying story and to discover the coherence between the various elements, such as architecture, greenery, water and infrastructure. She believes that these major narratives are indispensable for proper spatial innovation. Isabel worked on projects such as the cultural heritage assessment of the Dennenoord psychiatric hospital in Zuidlaren, development guidelines for the Slachthuis site in Haarlem, and valuation assessments of characteristic buildings: the 19th century Wilhelmina school in the Crooswijk quarter in Rotterdam, the post-war District Court in Eindhoven, and the vicarage in the earthquake village of Zandeweer.



ARCHITECT-RESEARCHER

JELLE HETTEMA

Jelle Hettema MSc, MA (1993), architect-researcher, grew up in Nunspeet, Northern Veluwe. He studied architecture at Delft University of Technology, where he carried out his graduation research at the Heritage & Architecture department, on the subject of a new interpretation of Structuralism. In addition, he graduated in 2018 from VU University of Amsterdam as an architectural historian, specialising in the subject of architecture of reused shipping yards. This is how the fascination for historical and modern architecture took shape. Throughout his studies, the conviction grew that architecture is not static, but is continuously evolving. The challenge is to be found in the playing field between history and future. Preservation is not paramount, but can fulfil quality standards by using historical stratification in present-day assignments. In this context, cultural heritage can serve as a basis for the development of buildings, cities and landscapes.
At SteenhuisMeurs the projects he worked on included the (national) monumental buildings in the gas mining area (plagued by earthquakes) in the province of Groningen, a cultural heritage valuation for the monumental part of Blijdorp Zoo, and a design for the ‘glop’, i.e. the narrow path south of the mustard mill ‘De Huisman’ at Zaanse Schans.



ARCHITECTURAL HISTORIAN-IN-TRAINING/JUNIOR RESEARCHER

MARTHA BOEKESTEIN


Martha Boekestein BSc (1995), architectural historian-in-training and junior researcher, grew up in Arnhem and Oosterbeek. In 2019, she obtained her BSc degree in architecture from Eindhoven University of Technology, following which she started on her MA architectural history at the VU University of Amsterdam. This brought together her different interests in the field of the built environment and (historical) research. She is currently working on her graduation thesis on the subject of architect Jacoba Keegstra, the first woman to graduate at the Amsterdam Academy of Architecture. As a result of her work at SteenhuisMeurs, Martha’s interest in more modern architecture has increased. This has also influenced the subject of her thesis. In 2019, she did an internship at SteenhuisMeurs, working mainly on the valuation assessment of various (national) monumental buildings in the gas mining area in the province of Groningen. After her internship, her work included cultural heritage research in respect of the area around The Hague Central Station and a number of buildings in the Merwehaven area in Rotterdam. In this connection she also produced valuation assessments and recommendations.



ARCHITECTURAL HISTORIAN AND ARCHITECT-IN-TRAINING

VITA TEUNISSEN

Vita Teunissen, MA (1994), architectural historian and architect, grew up in Amsterdam and Haarlemmermeer. In 2018 she graduated as an architectural historian on the subject of emancipation in post-war housing culture at VU University in Amsterdam. For her graduation project at the Faculty of Architecture of TU Delft she is currently investigating the relationship between nature, architecture and de-stressing, and she is working on the design of an experience landscape in the Biesbosch wetlands in the province of Noord-Brabant. Her interest lies in connecting the past with the future. How can a cultural heritage framework or research serve as inspiration for a design assignment? How do the past and the future relate to each other, and how can a proper balance be maintained? At SteenhuisMeurs her work has included the development of area passports for the former unfree Colony of Benevolence of Veenhuizen, the cultural heritage characterisation and valuation of the outdoor areas on and around the Binnenhof seat of government in The Hague, and the valuation assessment of a number of quake buildings in the north-eastern part of the province of Groningen.



FORMER EMPLOYEES


Ingwer Walsweer, Trainee
Julia Geven, Student Architectural Historian
Thomas Kelderman, Trainee
Gerdien van der Graaff, Architectural Historian, Architect
Marlies Noijens, Architectural Historian
Minke Walda, Architectural Historian
Lara Voerman, Architectural Historian
Joost Emmerik, Landscape Architect.
Marloes Fransen, Landscape Architect
Annemarie Kuijt, Architectural Historian
Glenn Zevenbergen, Trainee
Marlies Noijens, Trainee
Marit Ligtenberg, Architectural Historian
Anke Vroon, Office Manager
Luc Timmermans, Trainee
Henriëtte Sanders, Architectural Historian
Désiree Kerklaan, Designer
Paoletta Holst, Trainee
HildeSennema, Architectural Historian
Chawwah Six, Architectural Historian
Merel Stolker, Architect
Anne Sophie de Bruijn, Architect
Elisabeth Boersma, Architect
Paula Klaver, Architectural Historian
Marcel IJsselstein, Trainee
Mariana Popescu, Trainee
Marc van Asseldonk, Architect
Sanne van Wijk, Trainee
Myrna Plomp, Architect
Joke Reichardt, Architectural Historian



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