Founding partner/principal architect and urban planner, leading MVRDV since 1993
Education: Delft University of Technology, the Netherlands
Memberships: Hon. FAIA, International FRIBA, BNA
Prof. ir. Nathalie de Vries (Appingedam, the Netherlands, 1965) is a co-founder and principal architect and urban designer of MVRDV, an interdisciplinary studio that works at the intersection of architecture and urbanism. The award-winning Dutch practice was set up by De Vries alongside Winy Maas and Jacob van Rijs in 1993 and has established an international identity with a wide variety of building typologies and scales that are self-generated, innovative, experimental, and theoretical.
De Vries has created a diverse body of work in a variety of scales and typologies that are grounded in connecting individuals, communities and environments. Her approach has resulted in much acclaimed projects that activate their contexts, public spaces and communities. Over the past 25 years she has designed and realised Dutch projects such as Villa VPRO, Silodam Housing, and the Spijkenisse Library as well and the masterplans for Nieuw Leyden and Westerpark West in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. Recent projects include the award winning Baltyk office Tower in Poland, as well as office projects in Łódź, Shanghai, and Colombo, housing projects in Rennes, France, San Francisco, USA and Amsterdam, the Netherlands. She also worked on Resilient by Design San Francisco and created masterplans for sites in the Netherlands, Germany, China, and Thailand, among others.
Her projects also include designs for three national monuments: the Stedelijk Museum Schiedam, the award-winning Lloyd Hotel in Amsterdam, and Buitenplaats Koningsweg in Arnhem. As Chief Railroad Architect from 2005-2008, De Vries has built up experience in transport infrastructure which she has translated into a series of projects.
“With our clients we collaborate to make buildings as inclusive as possible. MVRDV uses research-based methods to come up with new archetypes and construction methods. In doing so we can create a new generation of architecture and urban design, and turn buildings into containers carrying an unknown – but nevertheless limitless – future,” she says.
Together with co-founder Jacob van Rijs she has published MVRDV Buildings (2013), about the post-occupancy and the making of the built work of MVRDV. She curated an exhibition at AUT in Innsbruck, Austria about MVRDV’s typologies which was on show in 2019.
In addition to her work for MVRDV, De Vries engages as Professor of Architectural Design at Delft University of Technology. Between 2015-2019 she was president of the Royal Institute of Dutch Architects BNA. She regularly lectures at renowned universities and engages in international juries. In the past she held various positions, among them Professor of Baukunst at the Kunstakademie Düsseldorf and Technical University of Berlin, Germany; Visiting Critic at Harvard GSD, Cambridge, and The Morgenstern Visiting Critic Chair at the Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago, USA. She also engages as a board member of various Dutch art and design museums and institutions, among them the Groninger Museum, Witte de With Centre for Contemporary Art and the NAI.