Nanne de Ru (1976, the Netherlands) is a founding partner of the architecture firm Powerhouse Company and has headed up the Rotterdam office since its start in 2005. Nanne holds a Master of Excellence in Architecture from The Berlage, 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. Nanne de Ru’s award-winning architecture office has grown into a multidisciplinary office of around 100 professionals, with international studios in Beijing, Oslo and Munich. In 2015, Nanne co-founded RED Company in order to explore new ways of commissioning and developing architecture. Along the way he has won a number of prizes, including the Maaskant Prize for Young Architects, the Dutch Design Award and the World Architecture Festival Award. 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 Center 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 TU Delft and the Design Academy Eindhoven, both in the Netherlands. His work takes him across the world, from Santiago to Shenzhen.