Madeleine Maaskant appointed new director Academy of Architecture

Madeleine Maaskant (photo: Claudia Otten)
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The Executive Board of the Academy of Architecture of the Amsterdam School of the Arts (AHK) has appointed Madeleine Maaskant as director of the Academy of Architecture. Maaskant will succeed Aart Oxenaar as of 1 June 2015, who became director of Monuments and Archaeology for the City of Amsterdam this year.

Madeleine Maaskant (1966) has been the head of the Buildings department of the Society for the Preservation of Nature in the Netherlands since 2010 and chair of the board of Archiprix and the Archiprix International Foundation, the partnership of educational institutions for higher education in the fields of architecture, urban planning and landscape architecture. In the last 15 years, she was also affiliated with the Academy of Architecture several times as guest lecturer and member of graduation and examination committees.

The Executive Board of the AHK is looking forward to Maaskant’s arrival. ‘With her professional knowledge, her track record in the field and her administrative experience, Madeleine Maaskant is a great asset for the Academy of Architecture’, according to president Bert Verveld. ‘I am convinced that she will be able to further strengthen the Academy’s current prominent position both nationally and internationally.’

About Madeleine Maaskant
Madeleine Maaskant studied Architecture at the Delft University of Technology. After winning the biannual Europan competition, she founded the architectural firm Maaskant en van Velzen Architecten together with Victor van Velzen in 1996, and worked there until 2010. Prior to her chairmanship of Archiprix, she gained administrative experience in the architectural field as board member of Europan Nederland and the Jaap Bakema Foundation, both between 2008 and 2010. In addition, Maaskant is a much sough-after jury member for architecture competitions. She was jury member for, among others, Archiprix, the BNA (the Royal Institute of Dutch Architects) Building of the Year, Gouden Piramide, Europan and this year for the Ithaka Stipendium.

Maaskant had the following to say about her appointment: ‘Based on the submissions for the Archiprix, and also as guest lecturer, I see the enormous drive and quality that exists within this Academy. This is the place where the future of the professions will be designed; to be able to contribute to this, close to the students, is an extremely inspiring prospect for me.’

About the Academy of Architecture
The Amsterdam Academy of Architecture is the only educational institute in the Netherlands that unites the three design disciplines Architecture, Urbanism and Landscape Architecture within its premises and partly offers these on a multidisciplinary basis. One characteristic of the didactic concept is the ‘concurrent’ educational model, in which study and professional experience go hand in hand.

The Academy is part of the Amsterdam School of the Arts (AHK), together with the Conservatorium van Amsterdam, de Theaterschool, the Academy of Fine Art in Education and the Reinwardt Academy.