Prof. ir. Michel Melenhorst


  • Michaël F.J. ( Michel) Melenhorst
  • 04.11.1962, Apeldoorn, Netherlands


  • RU Nijmegen Geography / Planning 1982/83
  • T.U. Delft faculty of Architecture 1983/1990 Graduation project: ‘TV studio’s at the ‘Fiera di Milano’
  • Politecnico di Milano Dipartimento di Architettura e Pianificazione 1988/89


Michel Melenhorst studied architecture at the TU Delft in the  Netherland where he graduated with a design for a TV studio in Milan, Italy. After his graduation he worked through the  nineties as a project‐architect for the offices of Wiel Arets and  Rem Koolhaas/OMA

From 2000 on Michel started with his own office ‘M’, later to become FM. In 2005 FM merged with DAAD architects to become independent again in September 2012.

A selection of Projects, publications, research


  • Major extension to the Court of justice, Almelo, in process 2008/2013
  • Mentor for “Nederland wordt anders” i.e. ‘the Netherlands will change’ a large scale research program on how the Netherlands can, or will change under the influence of contemporary forces in society. The topic of shrinking communities in the North East of the province of Groningen was subject of research. 2012
  • Member editorial board of ´Nederland wordt anders´, a webbased community advising the Dutch Government ( Bureau Rijksbouwmeester) on new practices in Spatial Design 2012
  • Competition ‘a sustainable new farm , that fits well in to the landscape’ issued by the Dutch ministry of economy, agriculture and innovation: first prize 2011
  • Essay on the impact of high‐rise in the province Gelderland, Publication Province Gelderland 2010
  • Research on the spatial quality of industrial areas in Friesland, Publication Atelier Frysla 2010
  • The new Village publication for the Design Academy Eindhoven 2010
  • 36 Apartments Ooseld, Doetinchem 2006/2010
  • Interior design, faculty of spatial sciences RUG Groningen completed 2007/2008
  • Waddenzee; a research into climate change and transformation possibilities for the Dutch 2008/2009 north coast, new ways in dike building
  • ‘Het paleis Groningen’, transformation of the former laboratory of chemistry into , apartments artist in residence, ateliers a cafe, and workshops. (awarded with the ’golden brick’, price for the best building in Groningen 2010, publics vote) 2005/20
  • Kafana Dojmi, Kotor Montenegro (with  L. Vukanic) competition, honorable mention 2003
  • Apartment building ‘Spaans Water’ Rotterdam: 76 apartments, parking garage, garden (with Putter Partners Rotterdam, medal Dutch architectural institute ( NAI) 2007) 2002
  • de Wilgen , social housing new and renovation (with Putter Partners Rotterdam, runner 2000 up best building Rotterdam 2000)
  • House , atelier and office for Paul van Beek Landscape architects Rotterdam, completed 2000


 Teaching 1994‐now

  • Laboratorio de Quito lecture and worshop Pontificia Universidad Católica del Ecuador 2013
  • Summer schools Academy of Architecture Groningen, HCU Hamburg, Architektskolen Aarhus  and Architektskolen Aarhus, The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, School of Architecture 2009-2013
  • Visiting critic, HCU Hamburg 2009
  • Workshops and publication Design Academy Eindhoven: ‘The new Village’ 2009/2010
  • Laboratory ‘Research and Design’ Academy of Architecture Groningen 2008/2010
  • Various workshops, lectures, design ateliers and laboratories, and graduation projects Academy of Architecture Groningen, practical master 2003/2013
  • guest teacher / guest lecturer in bachelor‐ and master semesters at the TU Delft faculty of Architecture 1995/ 2005
  • Workshops and lecture KTH Stockholm Sweden 2003/2006