Winy Maas Prof. Ir. Ing FRIBA HAIA (1959, Schijndel, The Netherlands) is an architect, urban designer and landscape architect and one of the co-founding directors of the globally operating architecture and urban planning firm MVRDV, based in Rotterdam, Netherlands, known for projects such as Expo 2000 The Netherland Pavilion, the vision for greater Paris, Grand Paris Plus Petit, and the Market Hall in Rotterdam. He is furthermore professor at and director of The Why Factory, a research institute for the future city. He is currently Visiting Professor at GSAPP Columbia, New York and IIT Chicago and has been at the University of Hong Kong, Catholic University of Louvain, Belgium, ETH Zurich, Berlage Institute, MIT, Ohio State and Yale University.
In addition he designs stage sets, objects and was curator of INDESEM (International Design Seminar) 2007. He curates exhibitions, lectures throughout the world and takes part in international juries. With both MVRDV and The Why Factory, he has published a series of research projects among them “Hong Kong Fantasies” in 2011 and the upcoming publication “Hong Kong Crazy Towers”.
In 2015 and 2011, he was awarded the Order of the Netherlands Lion and the Legion of Honour of France for his contributions to architecture and urban design.