Antwerp (English: /ˈæntwɜrp/ ( listen); Dutch: Antwerpen, [ˈɑnt.β̞ɛr.pə(n)] ( listen), French: Anvers) is a city and municipality in Belgium and the capital of the Antwerp province of Flanders. Antwerp's total population is 512,000 (as of 1 January 2013), making it the largest municipality in both Flanders and Belgium in terms of its population. However the Brussels-Capital Region is considered as the largest Belgian city internationally. Its total area is 204.51 km2 (78.96 sq mi), giving a population density of 2,308 inhabitants per km². The metropolitan area, including the outer commuter zone, covers an area of 1,449 km2 (559 sq mi) with a total of 1,190,769 inhabitants as of 1 January 2008. The French name of Antwerpen is Anvers, [ɑ̃vɛʁ(s)]; it may be found written this way on signposts in French-speaking parts of Belgium, and of course in French publications.
Antwerp is located on the right (eastern) bank of the river Scheldt, which is linked to the North Sea by the Westerschelde estuary. The city has one of the largest seaports in Europe. Antwerp has long been an important city in the Low Countries both economically and culturally, especially before the Spanish Fury (1576) in the period of the Dutch Revolt. The inhabitants of Antwerp are locally nicknamed Sinjoren, after the Spanish honorific señor or French seigneur, "lord". It refers to the leading Spanish noblemen who ruled the city during the 17th century.
Michiel Riedijk (born 1964, Geldrop) studied architecture at the Technical University Delft. He is cofounder of the Architecture Office of Neutelings Riedijk Architects in Rotterdam. Since 2007 he is professor in Architecture “Public Building” at the Technical University in Delft.
Michiel Riedijk was a guest professor at the RWTH Aachen in 2002. He gives lectures and workshops at universities, architecture institutes and museums worldwide among which Beijing, Moscow, Princeton, Los Angeles, London, Quito and Seattle.
The work of Neutelings Riedijk Architects has been characterized as having a sculptural, often anthropomorphic quality and a playfulness of form while following a clear rationality in programming and context.
Projects like the Museum Aan de Stroom in Antwerp, the Netherlands Institute for Sound and Vision in Hilversum, the Shipping and Transport College in Rotterdam and the Walterboscomplex in Apeldoorn have been published in numerous international architectural magazines and have won a variety of awards and nominations.
Neutelings Riedijk Architecten is an architecture firm based in Rotterdam, Netherlands, founded by Willem-Jan Neutelings and Michiel Riedijk.