Nanne de Ru

Founding Partner

Nanne de Ru (1976, The Netherlands) is a founding partner of Powerhouse Company and has headed up the Rotterdam office since its opening in 2005. Nanne holds a Master of Excellence in Architecture from The Berlage in Rotterdam, where he graduated in 2002, as well as a Bachelor of Architectural Engineering from the Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences, which he completed in 1998. 

Under the leadership of Nanne de Ru, Powerhouse Company has become an international architecture practice with projects located across Europe and Asia. He has led the company to open satellite offices in Beijing, Munich and most recently in Oslo, Norway. Powerhouse Company’s work has been published and exhibited internationally. 

In addition to running a global architecture practice, Nanne also teaches and lectures on architecture and design. Between 2013 and 2016, Nanne de Ru was director of The Berlage Centre for Advanced Studies in Architecture and Urban Design in Delft. He regularly teaches at the Rotterdam Academy of Architecture and is frequently invited as a visiting professor at schools including Aarhus University in Denmark, the AHO Oslo School of Architecture and Design in Norway, and at TU Delft and the Design Academy Eindhoven, both in the Netherlands. His work takes him across the world, from Santiago to Shenzhen. 

Nanne de Ru’s work has been commended with a number of awards, including the Rotterdam Maaskant Prize for Young Architects in 2011, the Dutch Design Award in 2008 and the NAi/ AM Award in 2008. 

In 2015, Nanne de Ru co-founded RED Company with Niels Jansen in order to explore new ways of commissioning and developing architecture.