Michel Melenhorst

project coordinator


Institution: OWL University of Applied Science
Field of responsibility/ Role in the RMB project: project coordinator
Field of specialization: Contextual Design/ Architectural Design


04-11-1964, Apeldoorn, the Netherlands

Michel Melenhorst studied at Delft Technical University and the Politecnico di Milano. Melenhorst worked as an architect for the offices of Wiel Arets (1991-1995) and Rem Koolhaas OMA (1995-1999) before starting his own office M in 1999. 2005 He became a partner in DAAD Architects till he made the switch in 2012 to Detmold Germany to hold the chair for Contextual Design, building transformation, reuse and cultural heritage at the Hochschule Ostwestfalen Lippe/ University of Applied Sciences, since 2012.


Till 2012 Michel Melenhorst was in the editorial Board of the web platform ´the Netherland will change´, a professional platform for knowledge exchange and a database with best practices on new and experimental developments in spatial planning and architecture.

Besides the Detmold school Michel Melenhorst has an extensive experience in teaching and lecturing at i.e. TU Delft, KTH Stockholm, Design Academy Eindhoven, the Pontificia University in Quito Ecuador the La Salle University in Bogota Colombia, Hafencity University Hamburg, Aarhus School of Architecture and at the Academy of Architecture Groningen and most recently at the University of Antwerp and the K´Arts – National University of the Arts in Seoul.


Michel Melenhorst is member of Docomomo international and is active in Docomomo Deutschland workgroup education. At the HS OWL he is coordinating the Master Architecture, is speaker for the research group ConstructionLab and is a member of the UrbanLab.