Who we are, what we do, what we want

We are studio VVKH, based in the industrial complex ‘de Meelfabriek’ in Leiden. In this accommodation we are connected to the historical city of Leiden, where we link the local (historical context and patterns) with the global (inspiring diversity).

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 open space.

Special recent 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.


We 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.