Tim Prins, born in Sittard (NL) 1978, studied architecture at the Technical University of Delft and Sci-Arc in Los Angeles (US). For 10 years he gained experience in offices in Eindhoven (NL), Berlin (D) and Oslo (N).
After working abroad Prins returned to the Netherlands to form his own architecture office in Maastricht, which is now named Studio Stad. The office gained international recognition with the first prize for Europan 9 in Prague (CZ), by being second in the oldest dutch architecture prize, the Prix de Rome in 2014 and winner of the Victor de Stuersprize 2015 for his refurbishment of the Brandweer Kazerne in Maastricht.
Prins teaches at the RWTH in Aachen, Lehrstuhl Gebäudelehre und Grundlagen des Entwerfens and lectures at the University of Maastricht and other institutes in the Netherlands, Belgium, Germany and China. After a regular teaching position, Prins was one of four new deans of the Academy of Architecture Maastricht.
The studio engages in multiple aspects of the architectural practice, such as research, writing, exhibition, restoration and interior design. As co-founder of the Maastricht-LAB, the experimental ‘playground’ with the municipality, he investigated private-public (financial) relations and how they unfold in city making. He’s founding father and dean of the informal Academy Stad.Academie, which teaches how to design in precarious conditions, such as shrinking monetary and demographic circumstances.
The signature of Studio Stad could be defined as critical, light and research driven.