MVRDV was founded in Rotterdam in 1991, by Winy Maas (Schijndel 1959), Jacob van Rijs (Amsterdam 1964) and Nathalie de Vries (Appingedam 1965), all three graduates from the Technische Universiteit in Delft, after they had won first prize in the Europan competition for Berlin. The firm, which now has over fifty staff, conducts research into urban “density” and is active in architecture, planning and landscape design in the Netherlands and abroad. mvrdv’s work ranges from the design of buildings of various types and on various scales to graphics for publishing, the completion of temporary installations and stands for exhibitions and other events. The group has won numerous prizes and competitions internationally. Their completed projects include the Dutch pavilion for the Expo 2000 in Hanover (1997-2000); the tertiary Flight Forum complex at Eindhoven Airport (1998-); the Hageneiland district at Ypenburg, The Hague (1997-2001); two detached houses in the Borneo-Sporenburg district (1996-2000) and the Thonik studio in Amsterdam (1998-2001); the Silodam housing complex in Amsterdam (1995-2002). Among projects under way are: a residential complex of patio-homes at The Hague (1999-); a village of workshops and craft studios in Munich (1999-); a high-rise apartment building in Madrid (2001-); the Buurt Neuen quarter in Amsterdam (2002-) and the civic Museum at Matsudai, Niigata, Japan (2000-).