OBSCURA is a multidisciplinary design practice based in Rotterdam.  The office was founded in 2018 by Katarzyna Nowak (PL) and Jens Jorritsma (NL) and explores the boundaries between urbanism, architecture and art.

Prix de Rome 2018 
Winner Archiprix (NL) 2016 
Finalist de Meesterprijs (NL) 2016 
Nominee Archiprix International 2017  
Nominee Archiprix (NL) 2014
Winner Iktinos Award 
Winner Parallel Cases - IABR 

Katarzyna Nowak

Architect and artist. She’s a finalist of Prix de Rome Architecture 2018 Finalist and 1st price Winner Archiprix Nederland 2016. Currently works at MVRDV. She’s a tutor at Royal Art Academy in The Hague. She received a Talent Development grant from Stimulerings Fonds in 2018. Katarzyna specializes in designing with absence - where built environment is defined by voids. As part of her research projects Nowak studies contextualizing properties of architectural space in cultural typologies.

Jens Jorritsma

Urban designer, teacher and researcher with a degree in land use planning  and urban design. His main interest is the complex relationship between climate, water and public space. With his graduation project on watersensitive urbanism he was selected for the Archiprix. Whilst working at de urbanisten Jens was involved in the design and execution of the first watersquare and co-author of a graphic novel about this typology. Teacher and lecturer at the academy of Architecture in Rotterdam and Amsterdam, Hogeschool and IHS Erasmus University.


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