who we are
We are a team of Rotterdam-based architectural designers. We believe that human-centered design empowers people, ideas and communities. This believe influences the work that we do and positive impact we hope to achieve. The city is our playfield. Architectural design is our tool.
how we work
in small teams of designers we work on big challenges in honest collaboration with our clients
We are practical inventors that celebrate the problems of our clients with an open-minded design approach. We raise questions that help our clients stay true to their values, while fulfilling their needs. As a result we create unique, bold, and beautiful architectural solutions.
Architecture isn’t art nor rocket science. It is a service that includes designing, researching, and guiding the process from initial idea to construction and end-use. Throughout, we collaborate with clients, experts and end-users – listening, questioning and challenging when appropriate.
what we do
we make a positive impact through human-centered design
A good design starts with people you design for. That is not a design cliche we use to impress clients... To us, it is a way of working we continuously improve. The research lab enables us to experiment with participatory design and research methods. Here we use architecture as a tool to question societal issues in our cities. By developing our own built projects we learn how to find balance between big ambitions and harsh reality. Here we refine our way of working and push it to its limits. In the end, our proven human-centered approach secures we can make the impact our ambitious clients desire.
The heart of Personal Architecture is our architectural studio. A place where we design buildings in all kinds of shapes, sizes and forms for professional as well as private clients.
The research lab is a place where we can think and collaborate. Our research is centered around the future of our cities: how can we all live, relax and work together happily? We initiate our own projects and work in commission of other organisations.
workshops & trainings
We have a desire to get stuff done. That is why we initiated the project room. We carry out our own (re)development projects together with small investors. Together we create new housing concepts in our hometown Rotterdam.
Urban environments that empower people, ideas and communities are key for a sustainable and circular future.
Architecture is a powerful tool that shapes the cities we all live in. It is our goal to adapt new circular and sustainable innovations to the existing urban fabric. A fabric that is not a series of spaces but rather a complex system of places, people, meaning and memory.
By understanding this complex system through human-eyes we can truly constituted durable changes. That does not mean architecture should be neutral or boring. Bold, daring, and unexpected buildings cater to people's natural need for diversity. It is a matter of finding balance between a circular mind set - characterized by the constant re-appropriation of materials and spaces - and the power of meaning that is built over longer periods of time.
Our team has the strategic ability to make seemingly impossible futures imaginable. We believe that together with our clients, fellow expers and designers we can create truly inclusive architecture.