Founding partners

In 2011, when money was scarcer than time and attention, Rudolph Eilander and Michiel Raaphorst decided to set up a new firm. They wanted to be able to add value to a range of clients and projects with their courage, inventiveness and service. Where energy and inspiration are just as important to receive as to give.

It is DNA, this fundamental attitude, that makes our partnership unique and successful. Both for ourselves, our team, and for all of the people we are able to work with.

Michiel Raaphorst & Rudolph Eilander

Michiel has a powerful intuition and a healthy drive for perfection. The synergy and energy of working together are the fuel, which results in powerful solutions.

Rudolph looks for maximum value in a pragmatic way. He is an architect who dares to highlight the unidentified ambitions of a project.

Team

V8 Architects is made up of a team of highly qualified and motivated architects and designers. Through dialogue with consultants and the client, we devise solutions for new and existing buildings. Powerful interventions that are put together in a well-considered manner, and which make a valuable contribution to the surroundings and users.

David Spierings
associate architect

Feels right at home in a site hut and a virtual 3D environment. Expert in the field of complex geometries and uncompromising when it comes to quality.

Taro Yoshikawa
associate architect

Project director with a healthy pursuit of perfection. For Taro construction is the best thing there is. But it should be beautiful.

Emilia Serowiec
architect / 3D visualizer

Mistress of the image. Our expert in visualizations but also wears a hard hat. And Emilia, alone among our petrolheads, also dons a motocross helmet at weekends.

Bas Lagendijk
manager external affairs

V8 says: good work is good communication. Bas adds: good communication is good work. Bas treats our relations with care and connects us with the bigger picture and new opportunities.

Martine Baltje
office manager

Every office needs the perfect manager. We’re lucky to have the best: Martine. Knows everything and often well in advance.

Frank Huibers
senior architect

You have experience, you have yet more experience, and then you have Frank. Right at home at V8 to mentor colleagues while also realizing very fine buildings.

Kelly Otter
architect

She is proof that architecture is tremendously multifaceted. Kelly reminds us that you can only make fantastic projects if you work in a great team.

Egle Kalonaityte
architect

A M B I T I O N. Wonderful isn’t it? Egle wants to build only the very best buildings. Which is fine because that’s exactly what we want to give our clients.

Jekaterina Balyšuk
architect

An healthy emotional connection with your designs. Jeka (that’s how friends, colleagues and clients may call her) has the talent to balance on this thin cord which makes our architecture personal, meaningful and rich. In proper Dutch: ‘She loves what she does and that shows!’

Andreu Rodriguez
architect

We always claim that an architect needs to know enough about everything. And that the specialists can work together in an efficient and inspired way. Andreu is very much capabale. Squared. And as BIM expert he makes sure that we get our projects build twice. Digital and physical.

Yue Shi
junior architect

It is fabulous to work in a team where everyone has total trust in each other. That is why Yue fits in so well to every team, and you know for sure that output>input. Regularity.

Marta Tomassetti
junior architect

Marta is an architect and studied architecture. She has not yet had her fill of architecture but would like to spend as many hours in the day as possible doing architecture. Super efficient, and not a dreamer. So, there is time left over for hobbies, such as architecture.

Batista Lopes
junior architect

A great guy. Full stop. The sunshine in our office. Because Batista understands very well that architecture is the best profession, and that creating buildings is the second-best profession.

Leo Räni
junior architect

Daring, dreaming, doing. You might mix those in a different order, doesn’t matter. It still gives you a clear definition of Leo. And because he is Swedish, Zlatan has found his equivalent in sketching.

Kaj Boonstra
junior architect

Architecture is timeless. Therefore it is great that in every generation of freshly graduated architects there are always a few talents who find with us what they are looking for. And in which we find what we are looking for. Driven by curiosity and the strong belief that being an architect is the best job in the world.

Fleurtje Ruijs
junior architect

First of all Fleurtje feels that you need to know what you talk about before you start. And no unfinished work please. To phrase it in mechanical V8 wording: Fleur combines Swiss precision with German solidity, Italian speed and English style. By the way she is Dutch.

Marah Wagner
junior architect

Eagerness to learn and being driven by curiosity. Those aspects define a V8’er. Something Marah couldn’t agree more to, so as a junior architect she is exploring all fields of expertise an architect should be capable of. With a purpose: make projects with a very sustainable impact.

Viviana Conde
junior architect

Our profession is one continuous experience course. And if you get the opportunity to participate fully during your internship, then it happens that you suddenly realize that you work and think like an architect. That in fact you happen to be one. So Viviana stayed with us, luckily.

Adrianna Jeziorska
junior architect

Finding your talent is precious. During her internship Adriana showed her great talent in portraying our projects. Precise on the pixel and magic with the light she visualises the poetry of a project.

Natalia Kamianowska
junior architect

There are endless possibilities. Unlimited ways of making a beautiful building. Natalia embraces this as a great challenge and boldly steps into this rich and inspiring world. And of course we encourage her to take a lot of detours.

Joanna König
junior architect

When Joanna ringed our doorbell and says: ‘’Hi I am an architect but I feel that I can be challenged a bit more’’, then of course the next day she started to work with us.
And yes, ‘a bit more’ has turned into ‘a lot more’!

Amirsalar Mazaherkermani
intern

Our interns are profoundly filling the gap between academic and professional life in architecture. And as intern enjoying, growing and contributing in an intensive period of 6 months.

Martin Markovsky
intern

Working on all different aspects of the design, engineering and construction process, V8 interns strongly develop self-awareness about being an architect. And of course we try to make them feel very comfortable in our open-minded and ambitious crew.