About MORE

MORE Architecture is a research-based office for architecture, founded by Daan Roggeveen and Robert Chen. As an international studio, MORE Architecture combines an interest in research and planning with the ability to design and build. The office has the capacity to work on complex, large-scale projects in intricate environments with multiple agendas. MORE combines big ideas with a sophisticated and dedicated design approach.

MORE Architecture has its foundations in research, building on Roggeveen’s ongoing Go West Project. Trained at Delft University of Technology, the Dutch architect, curator and writer has studied China’s emerging cities since arriving in Shanghai in 2008, and boasts international experience across a range of architectural and cultural assignments.

From Taiwan, Chen’s business acumen complement Roggeveen’s design practice and theories. With degrees from Columbia and the University of California, Berkeley, Chen initially trained in architecture before shifting his focus to real estate. His experience extends to creative hubs in Suzhou and hospitality developments in Shanghai. Most recently, Robert Chen is involved in a resort development project in Anji. MORE Architecture combines these distinctive skill sets to create considered and sustainable environments.

MORE strives to create contemporary notions of collectivity in the projects they work on globally. That means: striving for dynamic environments that are mixed, inclusive and accessible, with public environments where different people can get together – be it in an urban plan, building or interior design.

The past decade has been an diverse period resulting in a rich body of work – both in research and design. Following the acclaimed book ‘How the City Moved to Mr Sun’ (Hulshof & Roggeveen, 2011), MORE has been involved in urban research in Africa, leading to publications and exhibitions globally.

MORE recently finished a mixed use building in Jiaxing (with AIM); the headquarters for car firm MINTH Group; contemporary art gallery BANK; and the Shanghai office of fin-tech start-up Oriente, amongst others. MORE has various projects under construction, including a boutique hotel in the mountains of Anji and the renovation of a 400-year-old canal house in Amsterdam.

Roggeveen’s most recent book ‘Progress & Prosperity – The Chinese City as Global Urban Model‘ questions, investigates and reveals the current condition of the (Chinese) megacity and its shift from prosperity to progress. MORE lectures regularly at universities in Europe, Asia and the US, and has published extensively in magazines like Domus, Vrij Nederland, MARK, Urban China, Volume, MonU, and others.

Work by MORE has been exhibited in the Shenzhen Biennale, Shanghai Powerstation of Art, the International Architecture Biennale Rotterdam, Beijing Design Week, Louisiana Museum of Modern Art and Storefront for Art and Architecture, New York.

The New York Times, the New Yorker, dezeen, designboom, MARK, FRAME and others published the work of MORE.

MORE has been included in AD100, the 100 most influential design firms in China.

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