Sven Thorissen

Director DAS Studio | Architect

Director and Architect Sven Thorissen (Krefeld, Germany, 1970) studied architecture at the TU Braunschweig, ETH Zurich, and the Technical University Delft where he received his master’s degree in 1998. The experience he gathered in private and public organizations throughout his professional career covers architectural design, project development and sustainability. Previously Thorissen worked for MVRDV as project leader on projects including Unterföhring Park Village, the Frøsilos in Copenhagen, Buurt 9 in Amsterdam and the Market Hall in Rotterdam.

For MVRDV he currently oversees the studio for projects in German-speaking countries. Besides his work for MVRDV, he has acted as visiting critic at the Rotterdam Academy of Architecture, the ENSA Belleville, Paris, and the University of Applied Sciences in Leiden. Thorissen contributed to a number of publications about inclusive city design, future housing, the circular economy, and productive urban landscapes. “MVRDV is one of the most intriguing architectural practices globally: projects covering all imaginable scales, collaborating with the world’s brightest people, always pushing boundaries and exploring new possibilities,” he says.

  • EU Mies Award 2022 - Nomination WERK12, Munich, DE

  • Dutch Building Award, NL – for cable-net façade, winner Markthal, Rotterdam, NL

  • ESPA gold award – winner Markthal parking garage, Rotterdam, NL

  • European Property Award – winner mixed-use category, Markthal, Rotterdam, NL

  • 2015 ArchDaily Building of the Year Awards - Finalist Markthal and Parkrand, Rotterdam, NL

  • Marketing Award Rotterdam NL - winner Winy Maas and Hans Schröder for Markthal, Rotterdam, NL

  • 2021 DAM Preis - Best New Building in Germany - winner WERK12, Munich, DE

  • 2015 NRW Jaarprijs, winner Markthal, Rotterdam, NL

  • best architects 21 - winner WERK12, Munich, DE

  • European Parking Award – winner Markthal parking garage, Rotterdam, NL

  • 2021 German Design Awards - special mention WERK12, Munich, DE, Excellent Architecture Category

  • WAN Mixed Use Award 2014, UK - winner Markthal, Rotterdam, NL - completed Projects sub-category

  • Architizer A+ Awards - winner popular vote WERK12, Munich, DE

  • ICSC European Shopping Center Award – winner Markthal, Rotterdam, NL

  • Design Museum Designs of the Year Awards - nomination Markthal, Rotterdam, NL