International Course Rotterdam Architecture
invites you to
course-en-route #1
6, 7 & 8 July 2016
City force:
Rotterdam architecture
Get out there, excite the senses, become knowledgeable and leave inspired.
In the last 10 years, Rotterdam has turned into one of Europe's most exhilarating cities. After many years of post‐war building and struggle Rotterdam is successfully flourishing again. But how did this come about? Are you as convinced of the merits of architectural design as we are? This course demonstrates and investigates the role of architecture, creative industry and urban design in making (the) city.

And what exactly is this 'Rotterdam approach' which now ranks Rotterdam as an architecture destination in the top of many international lists? What's the impact of being the home base of persevering acupuncture architects as well as international offices like OMA, MVRDV, designed by Erick van Egeraat, KCAP, Studio Roosegaarde, Neutelings Riedijk, West8? Can one feel the energy? Can you feel it?

In this 3‐day summer course you will see, visit and meet the forces that create this city, and experience the power of architecture design. We offer you an intensive and exciting course‐en‐route with workshops, reflections, presentations and debates. You will gain entrance to hidden gems, go behind the scenes of iconic projects and visit (st)architecture offices.
Upcoming course
6-8 July 2016

The Netherlands

visit 30 projects in 3 days

immerse yourself and become
a better professional
We will bring you to places and presentations that stick in your mind.
Wednesday, July 6
Gentrification, cycles of transformation and citybranding

Thursday, July 7
Rebuilding and placemaking

Friday, July 8
Redevelopment and innovation
Rotterdam South
Wilhelminapier, Katendrecht and Piekstraat

Rotterdam North & East
Central District, ZOHO, Markthal Quarter and Maas

Rotterdam West

The most spot-on lessons learned,
from the smartest people and the best organisations
in the field of Rotterdam architecture.

Director Urban Quality and Inner City, Municipality of Rotterdam
Astrid Sanson, MSc
Lector Creating010, University of Applied Sciences Rotterdam; creative business
Paul Rutten, PhD
Senior Urban Designer Rotterdam South, Municipality of Rotterdam;
Stijnie Lohof, MSc
Head Urban Planning, Municipality of Rotterdam
Mattijs van Ruijven, MSc, MUD
Lecturer University of Applied Sciences Rotterdam; spatial design and planning
Jack Hoogeboom, MArch
Associate Professor TU Delft, Real Estate Management; office market vacancy and residential transformation
Hilde Remøy, PhD, UHD
CEO New Industry Development; creative direction real estate
Vincent Taapken, MSc
Senior Urban Designer and Senior Landscape Architect, ZUS
Jos Hartman, MSc, MUD
Partner, West8
Martin Biewenga, MUD
Senior Architect, OMA
Saskia Simon, MArch
Architectural Photographer,
Architectural Historian
Ossip van Duivenbode, MA
Projectmanager, Municipality of Rotterdam; office transformation
Gábor Everraert, MA
Senior Architect, MVSA
Wouter Thijssen, MSc
Associate, Urban Designer,
KCAP architects & planners
Jeroen Dirckx, MSc
Principal Architect,
Duzan Doepel, MArch
Partner / Development,
Jan Knikker, MSc
Architect Initiator, Made in 4Havens,
Owner Panoptic
Ebami Tom, MSc
Exhibitions & Business Development,
Studio Roosegaarde
Lidi Brouwer
International Press Officer,
Rotterdam Partners
Kim Heinen, MA
Owner and Landscape Architect,
Buro Sant en Co Landscape architecture
Edwin Santhagens, MArch
Senior Urban Designer Inner City, Municipality of Rotterdam;
Partner Morfis Architecture & Urbanism
Arjen Knoester, MSc
Founder WHIM architecture,
Founder Recycled Island Foundation
Ramon Knoester, MArch
Urban Designer,
Municipality of Rotterdam
Maurice Boumans, MSc
Real Estate Developer,
Municipality of Rotterdam
Léon Wielaard, MSc
Consultant Sustainable Development,
Municipality of Rotterdam
Laurens van der Bijl, MSc
Research Professor, University of Applied Sciences Rotterdam, Revolution in Manufacturing
Peter Troxler, MSc, Dr. sc. techn.
Professor, University of Applied Sciences Rotterdam, Area Development and Transition Management
Gert-Joost Peek, PhD, UAD
Associate Professor, University of Applied Sciences Rotterdam, Urban Planning and Design
Michaël Meijer, MSc, BSc
Co-founder, Urban Producer,
Yvette Govaart, MSc, MBA
Partner Owner Architect,
Folkert van Hagen
Writer, Moderator, Businessdeveloper,
de Zwarte Hond
Sander Woertman, MSc, MA


Are you an architect, urban designer, city planner?
A developer, concept-maker, developing contractor?
Researcher or manager in the field of city development?
Or someone with ambitions in city building?

You do not want to miss out on this unique, complete and exclusive present-day Rotterdam experience. It will focus you as a knowledgeable and inspired up-to-date professional and enrich your perspective.

Time to get into the details?
Go ahead, you'll find the long version HERE!

Wednesday, July 6
Gentrification, cycles of transformation and citybranding
Rotterdam South
Wilhelminapier, Katendrecht and Piekstraat

09:30 Welcome in De Rotterdam
11:00 Tour Wilhelminapier and Katendrecht
13:30 Lunch and presentation
14:30 Tour Piekstraat
15:30 KCAP Workshop
17:30 Drinks
18:30 Dinner
20:00 Lecture City branding, meet&greet at Imd

Thursday, July 7
Rebuilding and placemaking
Rotterdam North & East
Central District, Markthal Quarter, Hoogkwartier and Maas

09:00 Tour Rotterdam Central District
10:30 Tour and presentation at OMA
11:30 Tour het Timmerhuis
12:45 Visit & Lunch MVRDV
13:45 Tour Hoogkwartier
14:30 Visit Markthal-Break
15:15 Workshop at The Student Hotel
17:15 Drinks
18:00 Presentation and dinner Bluecity010, Alohabar at Tropicana
20:30 Lecture 'Recycled Island' by Ramon Knoester at Kühne & Co

Friday, July 8
Redevelopment and innovation
Rotterdam West

09:00 Breakfast at West8
10:15 Visit Studio Roosegaarde
10:45 Tour Merwehaven-Vierhaven area and Dakpark
12:30 Presentation Doepel Strijkers
13:00 Lunch at Uit Je Eigen Stad
14:00 Workshop Creating010
16:00 Time-out & write a letter
18:00 Final presentation and drinks at Café Rotterdam

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. we will post updated lists of attendees

Our inspiration?

This letter to Rotterdam, January 13 2016.

It made us realise even more
that there is a rich palette here
that needs to be shared.

"The chemistry of Rotterdam architecture with today's momentum could inspire the world. It just needs to be unlocked to the right audience."
Brenda Kamphuis, MA
Course leader
"Architecture is a powerful tool in urban development. It can act as a connector in complex strategic, political, cultural, economic goals and mould them into beautiful solutions."
Mijntje Vervoort, MSc
Course leader
€419 a day
excluding VAT

no additional fees, excluding accommodation

For members BNA and BNSP we have a special registration fee.

Book yours now!
We will make sure a group will not count more than 20 participants in order to guarantee a sense of exclusiveness.
What is included?

we decided to execute the program in Dutch. Some presentations and tours will be in English.

· full 3-day programme course-en-route
· all transport during the course: bike, watertaxi, public transport
· 1 breakfast
. 2 dinners
. 3 lunches
. 4 drinks ;-)
. booklet with schedule and map
. a certificate of attendance

The course fee mentioned on this site does not include accommodation. You decide where and how long you wish to stay in our exhilarating city. We did pre-pick four hotels, for those quick-scanners amongst you. They are all quite close to the city centre and within range of the course-en-route. We have arranged special rates at The Student Hotel or on campus of the Erasmus University Rotterdam for participants of this course. You can select accommodation at the Rotterdam Summer School platform application page.

Rotterdam is bustling with famous museums, memorable places to eat, versatile nightlife, numerous festivals (like the North Sea Jazz, starting exactly on the 8th of July :-). Quick impression? Check out Rotterdam Info and Rotterdam Festivals.

Upcoming course
6-8 July 2016

The Netherlands

MVRDV co-founder Jacob van Rijs talks to @Dezeen about Rotterdam being the
"city of the future".
What course experience would be complete without being out there in the field?

International Course Rotterdam Architecture IC-RA presents a course for professionals on Rotterdam city themes, forces and architecture. Workshops, lectures, office & project visits and debates are devised on site, with collaborating experts from a wide range of educational organisations, design-practices and clients. Participants get to complete a 3-day course-en-route through the city.
Themes are gentrification, transformation, innovation and city-branding. All regarded in relation to the strength of architecture design.

IC-RA was founded by Brenda Kamphuis MA, with support from the Municipality of Rotterdam / CityLab010, to provide an outstanding course about Rotterdam architecture as a powerful force in contemporary city building.
....the longer version.....getting more accurate each day......
Wednesday, July 6
Rotterdam South
. Gentrification
. Cycles of transformation
. Citybranding
Welcome in De Rotterdam
Introduction by Astrid Sanson and Mattijs Van Ruijven, Municipality Rotterdam
Site-tour Wilhelminapier & Katendrecht
Watertaxi to Piekstraat
Lunch & presentation at Hunter Douglas
Site-tour Piekstraat district
Workshop at KCAP; Piekstraat 2030
challenges and opportunities. With Stijnie Lohof, urban designer Municipality of Rotterdam & Jeroen Dirckx , associate KCAP & Vincent Taapken, New industry Development
Drinks at Villa van Waning
Meet & greet Rotterdam architects,
Lecture by renowned architecture photographer Ossip van Duivenbode and Kim Heinen, international press officer at Rotterdam Partners and Vanessa Westbroek. Moderated by Sander Woertman
Thursday, July 7
Rotterdam North & East
. Rebuilding
. Placemaking

Site-tour Rotterdam Central District, Luchtsingel & Waterplein, by bike
OMA office visit
Tour het Timmerhuis
MVRDV office visit & lunch
Tour Hoogkwartier
Visit Markthal
Workshop Transformation at The Student Hotel. With Gabor Everraert transformation expert Municipality of Rotterdam, and Hilde Remøy, associate professor TUDelft.
Presentation and visit BlueCity010, Tropicana, former Swimming Pool
Dinner at Alohabar
20:30 Lecture by Ramon Knoester at Kühne&Co
Friday, July 8
Rotterdam West
. Redevelopment
. Innovation

West8 office visit: breakfast
Studio Roosegaarde office visit
Site-tour Vierhaven-Merwehaven
district and Dakpark
Lecture by Doepel Strijkers
Lunch at Uit Je Eigen Stad:
Urban Farming
Workshop; creating /innovation of
the city, by Creating010 at Group A
Time-out, have a break, write a letter
Drinks and final presentation at Café Rotterdam
Photo and video courtesy of IC-RA , Marcel Kollen, Christel de Wolff, Rotterdam Partners,
Gert van Leusden, Richard Beukelaar, Jeroen Musch, Jack Hoogeboom.
Special thanks to Joris Bak and 75B.
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