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Academic background

Kees Kaan (1961) graduated at the Faculty of Architecture TU Delft in 1987. Since 2006 he has been professor of Architectural Design (Chair of Materialization) at TU Delft and initiator of the Complex Projects Chair, launched in 2012. The Research Chair’s area of interest is the large-scale projects that characterize this era of rapid global urbanization, developing analytical and critical thinking skills while merging fields of architecture and urbanism. In 2019 Kaan was appointed Chairman of the Architecture Department.

Kees Kaan is an international lecturer and sits on several juries and boards, both in the Netherlands and abroad. Various books and exhibitions have been dedicated to his body of work.

External positions

Founding Partner, KAAN Architecten


  • NA Architecture
  • TA Engineering (General). Civil engineering (General)
  • TH Building construction
  • TT Handicrafts Arts and crafts


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