Madeleine Maaskant is the director of the Amsterdam Academy of Architecture, part of the Amsterdam University of the Arts. She studied Architecture at Delft University of Technology from 1984 to 1990, and graduated with honours from the Master’s programme in Architecture. After winning the biennial Europan competition in 1996, she (jointly) founded the architectural firm Maaskant en van Velzen Architecten, with which she was affiliated until 2010. Maaskant gained administrative experience in the architectural field as board member of Europan NL and the Jaap Bakema Foundation. In addition, she was a member of the editorial staff of the OASE Journal for Architecture. Maaskant has sat on a number of committees, including the Architecture committee of the Creative Industries Fund NL, as well as being a member of various juries, including those for the BNA Best Building of the Year, Golden Pyramid, Europan, the City of Amsterdam’s Zuiderkerk Prize and the Rotterdam Architecture Prize. She has taught at various architectural study programmes over the course of her career. From 2010 to 2015, she was responsible for the Building Department of Natuurmonumenten (the Society for the Preservation of Nature in the Netherlands) and chair of the board of the Archiprix Foundation, the alliance of higher education institutions in the fields of architecture, urbanism and landscape architecture.