How we are, what we do, what we want

We are VVKH architects, based in the historical ‘Witte Poortkazerne’ (Noordeinde 2e) in Leiden.

For several decades we have proved to be an enthusiastic, committed and knowledgeable partner in the construction process. Ronald Knappers and Gerrit-Jan van Rijswijk are the architects | owners of the office, working with a team of highly trained and experienced staff.

Our office stands for architectural and structural quality, careful detailing, precise anchoring in the area and a clear organization. Our portfolio is diverse and ambitious and includes both large urban designs and new buildings and renovation projects. We are working on residential and commercial buildings, such as city parks, shopping centers, fire stations, schools, health care buildings. Building in the downtown area we find equally challenging as designing projects in the “free” space.

Special new projects are:

  • parking garage in the centre (Garenmarkt) of Leiden
  • villa Meijendel in Wassenaar
  • apartments (het Plantsoen) in Leiden
  • transformation office to hotel in Hoofddorp
  • community school in Utrecht
  • shopping center in Eindhoven.

The office will move in the spring of 2018 to the industrial complex ‘de Meelfabriek’ in Leiden. We therefore focus on a new future in which we respond to a changing world and architecture. We realize that we need to find new ways to achieve more sustainable solutions. We explore new forms of collaboration and knowledge sharing through BIM and other forms of digital communication.

With the new accommodation we stay connected to the city of Leiden, where we link the local (historical context and patterns) with the global (inspiring diversity).


VVKH architects invites students to apply for an internship. We are always searching for young people with new insights and energy who are eager to learn the craft. We work on a wide variety of assignments, such as residential dwellings, schools, business and technical buildings and urban design.

As an intern you will work, if possible, on all scales within different projects. We expect that besides enthusiasm and passion, you possess good design qualities or a broad technical interest, and you are an expert in visualizing designs.

Please send your CV and portfolio to

Minimum duration app. 4 months