SPARC was founded by Hans Maarten Wikkerink. He started his career at community centers for at-risk youth in Amsterdam. He then proceeded to work on a number of projects involving the repurposing of public buildings into multi-purpose cultural venues (art/theater/film/dining/dancing), such as Tolhuistuin and Kriterion Rotterdam. Hans Maarten was co-founder and CEO of Studio K, now a staple venue in the gentrifying neighborhood of Amsterdam Oost. With over ten years of project management experience, he embarked upon a career in architecture in 2008. He worked for ar variety of high profile firms like Powerhouse Company and Mark Koehler Architects.
After moving to New York City in 2013, Hans Maarten’s architectural work has focused mostly on recovery and resilience building in the aftermath of superstorm Sandy, both on the ground and in project management.
In 2016, the project MARCY HOUSES, which proposes a radical rethinking of social housing in New York City, was internationally recognized by a number of architecture competitions, including New York City Affordable Housing Challenge organized by the NYC Built Expo. The project is currently on display in a traveling exhibition in the Netherlands as part of the prestigious Archiprix competition.
Hans Maarten holds a BA in Architectural History at the University of Amsterdam and an M.Arch from Academy of Architecture in Amsterdam. He is licensed and registered in Europe. In 2017, Hans Maarten founded SPARC, an architecture firm focusing on repurposing, resilience building, social housing, and—where possible—their intersection. Besides his work for SPARC, Hans Maarten is actively engaged in academics as a guest teacher for NYIT among others.
327 South 5th street, #2
Brooklyn, NY 11211
Architect Registration No (NL): 1.161201.005