Hiroki Matsuura

Founding Partner

Hiroki Matsuura was born, raised and educated in Japan. Professionally he matured in Holland. As an aesthetic engineer, Hiroki cooks eastern Zen and Dutch Pragmatism into innovative designs.

Hiroki is a partner/design principal of MAXWAN since 2004. His extensive track record and expertise range from large-scale urban design, landscape design to architecture. With engineer precision, he reveals the complexity and turns this into smart simplicity. His approach results in contemporary, societal relevant design solutions our clients highly benefit from.

Hiroki is in charge of the international business development of MAXWAN and lectures regularly throughout the world. Hiroki has a hands-on mentality, he is direct yet informal and very collaborative. He is the design principal of the Skolkovo Gardens (50ha park design of Skolkovo) in Moscow. And he is currently the member of the Urban Council at the Skolkovo Foundation.

Since 2015, Hiroki together with Rene Sangers established MASA architects.
MASA architects is a spin-off company of MAXWAN since March 2015. MAXWAN (Rients Dijkstra + Hiroki Matsuura ) stays operating Urban/Landscape design, and MASA (Hiroki MAtsuura + Rene SAngers) operates Architecture/Interior/Product design.

Hiroki teaches and lectures at Academy of Architecture Amsterdam, The Rotterdam Academy of Architecture and Urban Design, TU Delft and is a guest professor at MARCH (The Moscow School of Architecture)

Rene Sangers

Founding Partner

René Sangers studied architecture at Technical University Delft and architectural engineering at the Hogeschool Utrecht. He graduated in Delft in 1993. Before joining Maxwan he worked with DKV Architects in Rotterdam and on independent commissions. René is an architect with a wide experience in developing and executing architectural and urban projects. Within Maxwan he is the link between design and realisation, feasibility and practice.

Rene has been involved in all of Maxwan's building projects (such as 14 Houses Eindhoven, Office building F&I, 47 bridges in Leidsche Rijn, Reality machines and House G) so far. Presently René is project leader for the design, and step by step execution, of the Machelen-Diegem master plan in Belgium.