MANN is founded by Stephan Petermann and Marieke van den Heuvel.
With a background in architecture, design, and research MANN is an experienced hands-on concept and content developer able to transforms ideas into engaging designs and innovative strategies.
MANN's cross-discplinary background provides with expertise in and beyond the built environment including in the food and agriculture sector, culture, real estate and politics.
MANN has made exhibtion designs for high-level institutions like the S.R. Guggenheim Museum in New York, Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam and the Venice Biennale. Their work has been recognised by the New York Times, the Economist, Financial Times and various architecture and design media like Wallpaper, Dezeen and Archdaily.
MANN has created hands-on masterplans and strategies for cultural, and financial institutions and companies. MANN works for companies, public institutions and foundations looking for fresh and compelling insights in their operations, development, history and future.
About Stephan Petermann
Stephan Petermann holds a Master’s degree in the History of Architecture and the Theory of Building Preservation from the University of Utrecht (2001-2007) and studied Architecture at the Technical University of Eindhoven (2001-2005).
He worked for architecture magazine VOLUME in 2005 and joined OMA in 2006 assisting OMA’s founder Rem Koolhaas with lectures, texts and research projects. In 2014 Petermann became one of the associates in charge of Koolhaas’ Fundamentals Architecture Biennale in Venice where he coordinated the 65 national pavilions and was one of the principals working on the Elements of Architecture exhibition. He is one of the editors-in-chief of the 2,554 page Elements of Architecture published in the fall of 2018 by Taschen.
He was a VELUX guest professor at the Arkitektskolen in Aarhus, Denmark in 2016-17 creating a new student driven temporary research consultancy about the history and future of the office with Prof. Ruth Baumeister. He is currently a visiting professor at the CAFA Visual Arts Innovation Center in Beijing where he is conducting research into the future of the Chinese Countryside with Rem Koolhaas, CAFA Dean Zhu Pei and Dongmei Yao. He was a guest critic and visiting expert at the AA in London (2020), Domus Academy in Milan (2020), Knowlton School of Architecture in Ohio (2017), Berlage Institute in Delft (2020), and the Amsterdam Academy of Architecture (2021). He frequently lectures at various schools and institutes.
He publishes for various media, magazines and blogs including Vrij Nederland, VOLUME, The Guardian, e-flux architecture, de Gids, and Domus. He is a member in different international advisory boards on creative industiries and architecture in Germany and the Netherlands. His work has been recognised by various international media including the New York Times, Financial Times and the Guardian. He is currently working on various projects related to the future of agriculture, economy, history, planning, and office buildings.
About Marieke van den Heuvel
Marieke van den Heuvel graduated from the Design Academy Eindhoven in 1999 during the early days of Lidewij Edelkoort’s directorship, when the school adapted its more practical, product driven design approach towards a more conceptual informed direction. Following a scholarship year at Fabrica in Italy, she set up camp in Amsterdam. She came in touch with the work of Petra Blaisse and fell in love with the studio's work. 11 years’ work for Inside Outside form the core of her earliest experience in design practice. She served in various design capacities at Inside Outside working on various architectural projects like the Netherlands Embassy in Berlin (OMA, 2003), Seattle Central Library (OMA, 2004), Casa da Musica in Porto (OMA, 2005) and Qatar National Library in Doha (OMA, 2017). At Inside Outside she also worked on various exhibition designs including Snapshots (Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam, 2012), Damask (wall installation in Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, 2012) and Re-set (curtain installation during Venice Biennale of Architecture, 2012).
She was one of the driving forces behind Inside Outsides 2009 monograph published by Monacelli and co-edited a series of portraits on Inside Outside with filmmaker (and designer) Frans Parthesius. Following her involvement with Inside Outside she worked for Butterfly Works in the field of Social Design (i.a. Return to Sender),and was a researcher with AMO on a Masterplan vision for the St. Petersburg State Hermitage. Involvement with other design practices brought experience in strategic design and developing new customer journeys.
In 2015 she designed the exhibition What is the Netherlands with AMO. In 2021 she received a grant from the Creative Industries Fund to develop new research about increasing circularity in interior design. In 2021 she will be in charge of the exhibition design for OMA/ Rem Koolhaas in China planned for late 2021 / early 2022 at the CAFA Museum in Beijing, China.