NIO Architecten is a relatively small architecture studio based in Rotterdam, the Netherlands. Maurice Nio founded the office in 2000. In 2004 Joan Almekinders has joined the partnership.
Maurice Nio (1959) graduated cum laude as an architect in 1988 at the Faculty of Architecture of the Delft University of Technology on a villa for Michael Jackson, the most curious final project of that year. This project has been of vital importance to his hybrid approach. Through a mixture of mythological and pragmatic mental processes, cryptic and at the same time utterly transparent design strategies, he has realized projects at BDG Architekten Ingenieurs (1991-1996), such as the enormous waste incinerator aviTwente.
At VHP stedebouwkundigen + architekten + landschapsarchitekten (1997-1999) he realized the Zuidtangent, the longest high-quality public transport line in Europe.
As from January 1st, 2000 he operates from his own design studio NIO architecten. Maurice Nio gives many lectures home and abroad, but has decided he no longer wants to be a teacher on art schools, academies or universities, and would like to design books again, or make his eighth video production, or else write new articles on urban development, architecture, film, video, television, photography or dance. Achievements anyway are his books You Have the Right to Remain Silent (1998) and Unseen I Slipped Away (2004).
Joan Almekinders graduated in 1994 with a honourable mention at the Faculty of Architecture at the Technical University in Delft, Holland. He collaborated as a freelance architect with several offices in the Netherlands and the U.S.A. From June 1995 untill April 2000 he worked at NOX Architekten at which the Freshwater pavilion at the island Neeltje Jans and the V2_lab in Rotterdam where two of his major projects. From April 2000 he was as architect at the office of Hoogstad architecten involved in several projects such as the masterplan for the Technical University Twente and the preliminary design for the underground central railway station in Delft.
Since June 2002 he worked as an architect at NIO architecten. He has joined the partnership of the office in January 2004 with the founder, Maurice Nio. Together they direct an office of about 8 people, all architects, working on a wide range of projects such as commercial retail and leisure, infrastructural works, housing and cultural buildings. Next to this practice he has been teaching since 1994 at the IAH Larenstein, Velp and from 2001 till 2004 at the European Masters for Landscape Architects, Velp-Wageningen. He has lectured in the Netherlands, the United Kingdom, Estonia and the United States.
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