De Zwarte Hond welcomes Ellen Schindler as a new member of the board of management

De Zwarte Hond is expanding its management team with Ellen Schindler as CEO | partner. Together with Jeroen de Willigen and Eric van Keulen, Ellen will focus on the substantive and creative continuity, but also primarily on the future of the practice.

The world is changing rapidly and becoming increasingly complex every day. Architecture and urban design should not merely respond to these changes. This means designing today the living environments of tomorrow, creating conditions for the best working, living and learning environments. That is the primary motivation of De Zwarte Hond, and it is our ambition to take a leading position in this challenge. in order to achieve this goal, De Zwarte Hond has appointed six new partners in recent years in Groningen, Rotterdam and Cologne. This partner team is responsible for all urban and architectural designs and the management of the branches.

The appointment of Ellen is De Zwarte Hond’s next step in the professionalisation process. “We are delighted with the appointment of Ellen Schindler,” says creative director Jeroen de Willigen. “She has boundless energy and can communicate very clearly. Her knowledge and entrepreneurship will ensure that we will become a more robust practice. With her, we will achieve the ambitious goals that we aspire to for De Zwarte Hond.”

Ellen Schindler previously worked as partner | CEO at Kossmann.dejong exhibition architects. With her strategic vision, organisational talent and ability to connect people, she developed Kossmann.dejong into an award-winning international bureau with projects across the globe. From 1 September Ellen will focus her talents on De Zwarte Hond. She is looking forward to this new step with enthusiasm. “For me, De Zwarte Hond represents social engagement and quality. Complex global issues, such as sustainability or mobility, are translated to a human scale. i look forward to contributing my knowledge and experience to this process.”