The initials of the founding family names form the acronym MVRDV. The Dutchmen Winy Maas, Jacob van Rijs, and Nathalie de Vries, have been working together since 1993. The rapid rise of this Rotterdam office in the 1990s was certainly also favored by the generally recognized leadership role of Dutch architecture and its teacher and role model, architect and urbanist Rem Koolhaas.
Tadao Ando (忠雄 忠雄, born September 13th, 1941 in Minato-ku, Osaka) is a Japanese architect. His minimalistic design is strongly influenced by the traditional Japanese design and focuses on elegant and simple shapes. Ando creates buildings in which light, water, wind and concrete mix in an exciting way.