About the architect
Jo Coenen lived in Limburg during his youth. He graduated as an architect from Eindhoven University of Technology in 1975, where he subsequently became a lecturer at the Faculty of Architecture. From 1977 he briefly studied with Luigi Snozzi in Locarno and James Stirling in Düsseldorf. He also worked for the architectural office of Aldo van Eyck & Theo Bosch in Amsterdam for some time since 1979. In that same year, he also opened the first branch of his own architectural firm in Eindhoven.In 1990 the firm moved to Maastricht and now has branches in Amsterdam and Milan under the name Jo Coenen Architects & Urbanists.
About his work
Initially, the agency mainly carried out relatively small-scale projects, mostly in the south of the country. Coenen gained increasing fame through projects such as the library in Heerlen (1983-1986), the town hall in Delft (1984-1986). His urban designs such as those for the Vaillantlaan in The Hague and the KNSM island in Amsterdam, and the master plan for the Céramique terrain in Maastricht strengthened his fame at home and abroad. Other well-known projects on which a design by Coenen was based are the Smalle Haven area (including the Vestedatoren) in Eindhoven and the building of the Netherlands Architecture Institute (now: The New Institute) in the Museumpark in Rotterdam. Coenen is also one of the architects of the (second) design of the Educational and Cultural Complex Amare on the Spui in The Hague, but after differences of opinion with fellow architect Patrick Fransen he retired as supervisor at the end of 2018.