senior architect & urban designer
Rene Heijne has studied architecture at the Delft University of Technology where he graduated with Rem Koolhaas. He worked for Ton Venhoeven and Rem Koolhaas. At O.M.A. he was architect and project leader of the Tram Tunnel in The Hague (1992-1996), the prize winning competition for the libraries of Jussieu in Paris (1994) and the Amsterdam Y-Oevers Master Plan (1992). In 1997 he left O.M.A. with two projects of O.M.A. and started his own firm Ruimtelab. Ruimtelab specialized in housing projects and performed research projects such as Flex Buildings and Time-based Architecture. Ruimtelab has won several prizes, honorable mentions, scolarships and foundings.
In 2007 Rene was asked to be in charge of the architecture department of VHP and to become chairman of the VHP management team. For VHP he worked on several urban planning projects amongst which Woerden Snellerpoort, where is still is member of the quality team. Rene is founder of ‘Langzame Stad’, an ongoing research project on infrastructure and city. Since 2001 Rene has been teaching in Gent, Antwerp, Delft, Rotterdam and Amsterdam.
Since 2011 Rene is leading the Antwerp related projects for Maxwan a+u. He was in charge of the design guide lines for the Antwerp ring road and follow up projects like masterplan Singel Noord, park Schijntje and the renovation of 6 km of the Singel boulevard, currently under construction.
In IMG+, Rene is a managing partner, taking care of projects coordinations, finances and communication with clients. His vast experience in architectural and urban design adds important layer to our 3D work.