Winy Maas is an architect, urban designer and landscape architect and one of the co-founding directors of the globally operating architecture and urban planning firm MVRDV, based in Róterdam (Rotterdam, Netherlands),known for projects such as the Expo 2000, the vision for greater Paris, Grand Paris Plus Petit, and more recently the Market Hall in Rotterdam.
Maas is professor at and director of The Why Factory, a research institute for the future city, he founded in 2008 at TU Delft Faculty of Architecture. He is currently Visiting Professor at IIT Chicago and the Catholic University of Louvain, Belgium and has been at the University of Hong Kong, ETH Zurich, Berlage Institute, MIT, Ohio State and Yale University. In addition he designs stage sets, objects and was curator of Indesem 2007. He curates exhibitions, lectures throughout the world and takes part in international juries. With both MVRDV and The Why Factory he has published a series of research projects.