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.


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.

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.

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.

Jekaterina Balyšuk

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!’

Kelly Otter

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.

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.

Andreu Rodriguez

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.

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.

Lucie Castillo-Ros
junior architect

Lucie can be surrealistic, magical realistic, hyperrealistic and naturalistic but above all she is very realistic and is eager to turn ideas int reality.