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KCAP Architects&Planners is an internationally operating Dutch design firm specialised in architecture and urbanism. Since its founding in 1989 by Kees Christiaanse, KCAP has grown to be one of the leading offices for architecture and urban planning in Europe and Asia. KCAP has offices in Rotterdam (NL), Zurich (CH) and Shanghai (CN) and works with a staff of 85 professionals on all levels of urban design and architecture.
We combine our optimistic view on the world with a straight-forward pragmatism to face global challenges, elaborate possibilities and reach solutions. Using an interdisciplinary and design-led approach these solutions become clear, vivid and ethical responses to social, economic and pragmatic aspects with one aim: to master cities and make built environments work.
We work on a great variety of projects realising unique concepts and attractive designs on the fringe between architecture and urbanism, particularly with a focus on developing high quality new environments in existing cities. We strive to establish the ‘Open City’, a city that is diverse, lively and socially sustainable, where people can productively relate to each other culturally, socially, as well as economically.
All our projects represent unique challenges. We use a multidisciplinary and individual approach to all of them which comes from on our way to deliver innovation, our values, our design philosophy and our style of working and which is combined with great emphasis on our interpersonal skills, our professionalism and our client-friendliness.