Founded on generations of architects, with a history of designing for communities stretching over 100 years, INTELLIGNT continues the tradition of architecture empowering communities.

As a result of our unique combination of architectural, faith and community leadership experience, INTELLIGNT provides churches with invaluable knowledge and tools. Central to our belief is that spatial interventions present a unique opportunity for churches to redefine their spiritual, communal and financial responsibilities.  
We design and plan spatial interventions for non-profit and faith-based organizations that secure lasting and meaningful positions in their neighborhoods.
The firm’s commitment to community and its vast experience of over three million square feet designed projects informs each INTELLIGNT project, with a goal of empowering local communities.



INTELLIGNT is led by Founding Principal Haiko Cornelissen who provides a strong tradition of spiritual and community architecture that is rooted in generations of craftsmanship.

Haiko Cornelissen - Founding Principal

Haiko Cornelissen - Founding Principal


Founding Principal Haiko Cornelissen is a vestry member of his local church, brings a strong tradition of spiritual and community architecture to INTELLIGNT, rooted in generations of craftsmanship.  He has a long family tradition of architects including his great-grandfather, Henricus Teeuwisse, the Chief Architect of the Dutch Kingdom, responsible for designing civic buildings of national importance and his father, Hans Cornelissen, who designed community housing and provided architectural services to his local church.
Haiko is an architect licensed in both the US and Europe. He studied at MIT and Harvard before graduating in 2004 from the Technical University of Delft. Prior becoming founding principal of INTELLIGNT architecture, Haiko worked for world-renowned offices OMA (Rem Koolhaas) and Steven Holl Architects. He has taught at the Parsons School of Design and Columbia University Graduate School of Architecture GSAPP, has lectured at various universities including Harvard Graduate School of Design and the Brooklyn Experimental Media Center, and is a visiting critic at TU Delft, Cooper Union and the Pratt Institute.


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