Profile

Shift architecture urbanism is a Rotterdam based design office that operates both beyond the traditional boundaries of architecture and at the same time within the hard core of architecture. In both cases, we believe that architecture should be there to make a difference, or shouldn’t be there at all.

Shift stands for a proactive approach to relevant spatial issues shaping the contemporary environment. The office engages in self-initiated research-by-design studies on themes as transport, infrastructure, sports and (the public domain of) the city. In these studies, Shift visualizes future scenarios through specific spatial interventions charged with form, program and typology.

Shift strives for a craftsmanship attitude throughout each phase of the architectural process. Experiment and originality are balanced with skill and precision. Rather than on the newness, the focus is on performance. The office finds it its task to safeguard the integrality of each project. Shift takes responsibility for the architecture of the entire process: from sketch to realization.

Current team

Thijs van Bijsterveldt (*1981, NL)

2010- Partner Shift architecture urbanism
2013 Tutor Academy of Architecture, Rotterdam
2012 Tutor Royal Academy of Arts, The Hague
2006-2010 Project Architect at NL Architects, Amsterdam
2009- Tutor at the Gerrit Rietveld Academy, Amsterdam
2008- Tutor at the Technical University, Eindhoven
2002 Architecture studies at Gerrit Rietveld Academy, Amsterdam
1999-2006 Architecture studies at the Technical University, Eindhoven

Oana Radeş (*1977, RO)

2005- Partner Shift architecture urbanism
2012 Tutor Royal Academy of Arts The Hague
2011- Tutor at the Academy of Architecture Tilburg
2010- Mentor at the Design Academy Eindhoven
2006-2010 Project Architect at MVRDV Rotterdam
2009- Tutor at the Academy of Architecture Amsterdam
1999-2005 Architecture studies at the Technical University Eindhoven
1996-1999 Architecture studies at the University of Architecture Ion Mincu, Bucharest

Harm Timmermans (*1975, NL)

2005- Partner Shift architecture urbanism
2011- Tutor at the Academy of Architecture Rotterdam
2008- Tutor at the Academy of Architecture Tilburg
2002-2005 Project Architect at Güller-Güller architecture urbanism, Rotterdam
2002-2003 Tutor at the Academy of Architecture Arnhem
1998 Trainee at Atelier van Lieshout Rotterdam
1996-1997 Art history studies at the Utrecht University
1993-2001 Architecture studies at the Technical University Eindhoven

Zoé Renaud (*1983, CA)

2013 Topotek 1, Berlin
2012 MVRDV, Rotterdam
2011 Lateral Office Toronto
2010-2014 Master of Architecture, University of Toronto
2007-2010 Moderno, Montréal
2002-2006 Baccalauréat en Design Industriel, Université de Montréal

 

Sven Hoogerheide (*1984, NL)

2016 Estudio Transversal, Medellin
2011 – 2015 Space&Matter, Amsterdam
2011 – 2015 Shinsekai Analysis, Amsterdam
2006 – Co-Founder, Studio Bot, Amsterdam
2008 – 2009 Technical University Berlin, Berlin, DE
2007 – 2010 Technical University Delft, Delft, NL
2006 Koen Van Velsen, Hilversum
2003 – 2007 University of Applied Science, Amsterdam, NL

 

Raymond van den Broek (*1974, NL)

Previous staff

Bahar Akkoclu (*1982, TUR)
Tjeerd Bloothoofd (*1982, NL)

Kyoung Ho Choi (*1986, KR)
Laura Fassio (*1981, IT)
Sara Frikech (*1989, NL)
Thomas Grievink (*1987, NL)
Sabine Hogenhout (*1979, NL)
Davide Prioli (*1983, IT)
Nasim Razavian (*1987, IR)
Irgen Salianji (*1989, AL)
Rene Sangers (*1965, NL)
Dalia Zaikate (*1984, SL)

Collaborators

ABT
B2CO
Breed Integrated Design
Bremen Bouwadvies
Van Delft Groep
Mertens Bouwbedrijf
Point Supreme Architects
Powerhouse Company
Studio Bouwhaven
René de Wit

Clients

De Groene Kamer
Discovery Centre Continium
Dutch government Architect
Municipality of Almere
Municipality of Amsterdam
Municipality of Kerkrade
Municipality of Rotterdam
Municipality of the Hague
Municipality of Tilburg
Municipality of Waalwijk
Synchroon
University of Tilburg
Vander Weegen
Vereniging Deltametropool

Awards and nominations

2016
winner tender Coulissen West Breda
2013
winner tender Museumplein Limburg
2012
Charlotte Köhler prize
2012
Red Dot design award winner for Faculty Club
2012
Nomination AM NAi prize for Faculty Club
2011
First prize (campus typology), restricted competition Landgoed De Groene Kamer, Tilburg (N­L)
2011
Second prize for the restricted competition Walewyc, Waalwijk (NL)
2010
Basic prize Prix de Rome 2010 with the project “OPEN SpecifiCITY”
2009
Finalist Europan 10, The Hague (i.c.w. Sabine Hogenhout)
2009
First prize restricted competition/tender Faculty Club for Tilburg University
2008
First prize Casa Nova competition, the Hague (NL)
2008
First prize international competition for the Park City masterplan,Tirana (AL) (i.c.w. Cityfoerster Rotterdam)
2007
Finalist Europan 9, Almere
2007
Finalist Archiprix International
2007
Finalist Archiprix the Netherlands
2007
Second prize ‘Sinocities Awards’, Shanghai (CN) (i.c.w. Nikoline Dyrup Karlsen)
2007
First prize restricted competition redevelopment Jozefzorg elderly care centre, Tilburg (NL) (i.c.w. Architectenwerkgroep Tilburg)
2003
First prize Archiprix International
2002
First prize Archiprix the Netherlands
2000
Nomination Welstandsprijs Midden-Brabant for Lanslots Dwelling

Exhibitions

2014
IABR (NL)
2013
Studio Sport, New Institute, Rotterdam (NL)
2013
Radicale lokaliteit, Maastricht (NL)
2011
Perspectives On A Future City, Architecture and Design Museum, Los Angeles (USA)
2011
Studio Sport, Innovatie estafette, Rotterdam (NL)
2010
Prix de Rome 2010, Arcam Amsterdam (NL)
2008
Europan 9, NAI Rotterdam (NL)
2007
World’s Best Graduation Projects, Archiprix International, Shanghai (China)
2004
Archiprix International, Center for Central European Architecture, Prague (Czech Republic)
2004
Signed by the architect, Arcam Amsterdam (NL)
2003
World’s Best Graduation Projects, Archiprix International, Istanbul (Turkey)
2002
Archiprix 2002, NAI Rotterdam (NL)