Robert Winkel, founder and owner of Mei architects and planners is pleased to announce the appointment of two partners: Robert Platje and Michiel van Loon. With the joining of the partners, specific expertise, creative quality, and continuity is guaranteed within a growing organization of 50 employees.
Since 2017, the new partners have already taken on essential roles in the management of the company. Their continuous efforts have been recognized and as of 4 April 2022, they are officially partners with Mei. Based on the core values of Context, Community, New Aesthetics, Flexibility and New Values, they work with shared ambitions on the qualitative growth of Mei.
“Robert and Michiel have embraced the values we stand for and the way we work. In doing so, they have taken great responsibility in their own area within Mei and I am very confident that together we can build on a new future.”
Robert, 46, is Mei’s building technologist and since 2000, with his specialty – architectural detailing and sustainable construction – and as a BREEAM expert, a valuable addition to the team. He is the concept supervisor at Mei and has a fascination for technical solutions. At the same time, in his designs he pleads for “living the way you want to live”. It’s not the architecture, but the people dictating that. This working method can be seen in, for example, the multi-awarded Fenix I and the groundbreaking SAWA project, in which Robert Platje has a leading role.
“At Mei, we are keen to make techniques visible in our buildings, which demonstrates a deep fascination with technical solutions. In doing so, technology is always a means, not an end in itself. Our focus is on creating healthy and pleasant ‘people buildings’.”
Michiel van Loon
Michiel has been working for Mei since 2012, is 36 years and is especially enthusiastic about projects with a high level of complexity and layering of existing and new buildings. Reserving space – within residential buildings, projects and cities – is Michiel’s favourite subject. It is his expertise to switch between city, building, user and detail level on different scales. In one of his most recent projects, the transformation of the Kabeldistrict in Delft, this skill is well expressed.
“Space for initiative and ownership by the user are extremely important for a city or residential building. It is precisely this kind of breathing space and developmental space that makes areas attractive. These are the places which are bustling, where there is a relaxed atmosphere and the feeling that something is still possible. It motivates me enormously that we can contribute to this with our designs.”