Jacob van Rijs (Amsterdam, 1964), Prof. Ir. FRIBA is Managing Director of the globally operating architecture and urban planning firm MVRDV, based in Rotterdam, Netherlands, which he co-founded in 1993 together with Winy Maas and Nathalie de Vries. Internationally acclaimed projects include the Expo 2000 Netherlands Pavilion, the Villa VPRO television studios in Hilversum, and the recent Market Hall in Rotterdam. In parallel to his work in practice, Jacob van Rijs regularly lectures, takes part in international juries and teaches at universities and institutes worldwide. He is currently Visiting Professor at the Technical University of Berlin. Before that he has been teaching at TU Munich, TU Delft, University of Wismar, ETSAM University Madrid, Royal Academy of Arts Copenhagen, Tokyo Institute of Technology and Rice University, Houston, amongst others. Since 2011, Jacob van Rijs has been Chairman of the International program of the Royal Institute of Dutch Architects (BNA) and in 2012 initiated BNA iTop, a network for creative industries. In 2014, he was appointed Board Member of the Dutch Trade Board and in 2016 he became chairman of the Archiprix.