OBSCURA is a design practice based in Rotterdam.  The office was founded in 2018 by Katarzyna Nowak (PL) and Jens Jorritsma (NL)

We explore the boundaries between urbanism, architecture and art.

Prix de Rome 2018 
Winner Archiprix (NL) 2016 
Archiprix International 2017  
Nominee Archiprix (NL) 2014


Katarzyna Nowak

Architect and artist. She’s a finalist of Prix de Rome Architecture 2018 Finalist and 1st price Winner Archiprix Nederland 2016.  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 role and function of public space, with a special focus on designing with water.Before founding OBSCURA, Jens gained experience at various offices in The Netherlands (Urbanisten, ZUS, Delva amongst others). Teacher and lecturer at the academy of Architecture in Rotterdam and Amsterdam, Hogeschool and IHS Erasmus University.


Schiemond 20-22
3024 EE


t: 06 4227 0995
t: 06 3965 5902