Jan Knikker (Bad Soden Ts 1972) joined MVRDV in 2008. Before this, he started his career as a journalist, and then shaped the public image of OMA for nearly a decade.
As Partner at MVRDV, Jan leads the Contracts, Business Development and Public Relations efforts, forming a fast and strategic studio that includes a strong visualisation team and the practice’s sustainability team. He leads MVRDV’s branding efforts and has overseen the practice’s rapid expansion into new markets, focusing on solutions for global issues through its architecture and urbanism. He has worked on many publications and exhibitions, including the book MVRDV Buildings. Jan regularly lectures internationally, at commercial and academic venues. He writes for various publications and was Deputy Editor of Domus 2019. Jan is currently member of the Denkmal & Gestaltungsbeirat of the city of Wiesbaden, Germany (Esthetical and Heritage Council). He is a member of the HNI Heritage Network, led the online design magazine Dafne, and from 2007 to 2011 was a member of the International Projects commission of the Netherlands Architecture Funds.