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Marc Koehler

Marc Koehler was born in the Northern Dutch town of Naarden in 1977 to parents of Dutch- Portuguese heritage. He studied Engineering at the Amsterdam School of Technology, Urbanism at the Technical University of Lisbon and Architecture at the Technical University of Delft, where he graduated with Honors in 2003. After working at the renown Dutch architecture firm Architekten Cie. Marc founded his own design practice MKA in 2005. Marc worked as a lecturer at TUDelft between 2004 and 2011. Marc Koehler’s work has been intensively published and exhibited, both in the Netherlands as well as internationally. Marc often speaks at public events and universities, where he shares his view on the current state and potential futures of architecture. Based on the Dune House project in Terschelling, Marc Koehler received the Nationale Bouwprijs 2015, category “Talent with Future”. The Dune House project was awarded the Reynaers Project Prize 2014. Next to that Marc Koehler was nominated for the Iakov Chernikhov Prize 2015 and shortlisted for the Prix de Rome 2014. In 2009, Marc was selected by architecture critic Hans Ibelings in the Top 10 list of Dutch Architects under 40. Winning international competition designs include the Oporto Riverfront competition (2008), the Loker community centre in Belgium (2009), Honourable mention for the new residence of the TU Delft Faculty of Architecture (2009), the Vesalius Campus building in Gent (2011), the Rhijnspoorgebouw for the University of Amsterdam (2013) and the Kastamonu Campus in Turkey (2013). More recently MKA was a finalist at the Next Step Award (2017), won the World Architecture Festival Award in the category best Housing (2017) and won the World Architecture Festival Special Director’s Award (2017). Currently, MKA is involved in the design of ecological dune houses, experimental collective housing projects, urban design studies for self-made cities and several community buildings such as the University of Gent and the Library of Antwerp Edegem. MKA is also initiator of Superlofts; a growing international network of building communities that share ideas and inspiration on self-made housing and cooperative development. For more info;