Eric FrijtersFounding Partner / Director
Eric Frijters, founding partner and principal at FABRICations, Professor (Lector) Future Urban Regions (FUR) at the Dutch Academies of Architecture.
Eric has over 10 years of experience in designing and executing projects in architecture, urbanism and consulting in regional strategies in the Netherlands and abroad. He has a background in architecture from the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Philosophy at the University of Amsterdam and graduated Cum Laude at the Eindhoven University of Technology. His research has been published in several books and various journals.
Eric has received recognition for his work (with several prizes such as the Prix de Rome and Iakov Chernikhov International Architecture Prize) as a designer, that stands in the field and experiments with innovative architecture, education and research in architecture and urbanism. As of June 2013 Eric has been leading the research group Future Urban Regions which focuses on healthy urbanization, design thinking methodology and testing results for productive strategies on urban metabolism in studios at Academies of Architecture.
Olv KlijnFounding Partner / Director
Olv Klijn is a founding partner and Principal at FABRICations and Assistant Professor at the chair of Dwelling at the Technical University Delft. He studied architecture at the Eindhoven University of Technology and graduated Cum Laude. As an artist in residence at the Banff Centre in Canada, Klijn studied the impact of current urbanization patterns of the American West Coast.
Klijn is (co)author of several books such as ‘VMX Agenda’, ’10 x Den Bosch’, ‘Station Centraal’, ‘Architect by accident’ and ‘The making of …’ and published in various journals. In 2007 he founded FABRICations together with Eric Frijters and has since been involved in the design and research of architecture, urbanism and regional strategies. In 2010 they won the Prix de Rome, the prize for architects under 40 years. In 2011 Klijn was recognized as one of the 40 emerging European architects under 40 years old. One year later he was nominated for the Iakov Chernikhov International Architecture Prize ‘for designers, that stands in the field experiment with innovative architecture, education and research in architecture and urbanism’.
Bas DriessenArchitecture / Urban Design / Research
“Optimism is a responsibility”
Bas is a designer-researcher at FABRICations with training as an architect and urban designer from Eindhoven Technical University.
Bas has worked on a wide range of topics and has experience with design-research and research-by-design on various scales (regional-urban-building). He was project leader for the research project Energy and Space for the Province of Zuid-Holland and Healthy Urbanization for the Ministry of Infrastructure and the Environment.
His work involves contemporary urban challenges like urban metabolism, bicycle infrastructure & sustainable mobility, energy transition landscapes and regional economies and identities.
Next to projects spread over the Netherlands and Belgium, Bas also worked on projects in and around Brazil, Albania and South-Africa. You may have seen his work at the International Architecture Biennale Rotterdam or in the report ‘Amsterdam Circular – A Vision and Roadway for the City and Region’ (Amsterdam 2015).
Next to his office work, Bas really enjoys working with students in lectures and at design and research studios at several academies and universities.
Rens WijnakkerLandscape Architecture / Research
Landscape architect Rens Wijnakker works as project leader on a range of regional and urban projects in the Netherlands and Belgium. Trained at Wageningen University, he specialized in circular regional strategies and urban metabolism through various projects including Urban Metabolism Rotterdam (2014) and Buiksloterham Circulair (2016) . Besides these strategic projects, he worked on designs for gardens, public spaces and urban developments. In these more ‘traditional’ projects, he continuously makes an effort to integrate circular principles into the design, adding a meaningful layer to the space people live in. Knowledge developed in a strategic way becomes operational.
In 2011, he won the runner-up award at the Europan 11 competition. Next to his work at FABRICations, Rens is a guest teacher at the architecture department of Delft University and has lectured for a variety of universities and institutions in the Netherlands and worldwide.
Hein van LieshoutArchitecture / Urbanism
“Architecture is a fundamental cultural act of building our environments expressing the present to create value and future meaning combining strong ideas with technology and crafts. Therefor I pursue a fascination for interdisciplinary design & research methods by practicing architecture on various scales. Fueled by my fascination with language, philosophy and symbolism I “write” layered spatial stories by producing (research) models resulting in high quality imaginative vistas.”
Hein van Lieshout (1981) is trained as architect and gained experience in several architecture firms, landscape architecture, urbanism and interior. At FABRICations Hein works as architect and urban designer leading project teams in the creation of sustainable urban development strategies and architecture.
Besides working at FABRICations Hein is guest teacher at the Amsterdam Academy of Architecture.
Duong BuiUrban Design / Research
Originally an architect from Vietnam, Duong has enriched his knowledge in urban design and planning through higher education in Belgium and Germany as well as diverse working experiences in Rotterdam and Amsterdam.
Duong is skilled in developing territorial strategies based on descriptive mapping and design-based research. He strives to form realistic visions and concrete solutions for each project while developing a self-explanatory visual language to express them.
At FABRICations, Duong commits to various projects; each offers intriguing analytical and visual challenges. They motivates him to come up with innovative solutions which, on one hand, appeal to specific preconditions of the projects and, on the other hand, provide new dimensions to aesthetic aspects.
Luca De StefanoArchitecture / Urban Design / Business Development
Luca, originally from Rome, received most of his design education around Europe between Spain (ETSA Granada) and the Netherlands (TU Delft). In combination with a research-oriented architectural background, he has also cultivated an interest in management and marketing by attending specializations and short programs in digital marketing, project management, investment in infrastructure, and business innovationHe has established various multimedia projects such as the on-line magazine 3nta.com and the open-source research platform Non Architecture.
Luca has developed a multidisciplinary approach to the practice of design, and, with FABRICations, he has found a shared vision for a broader role of the designer. At FABRICations, Luca is implementing his skills of strategical thinking and storytelling, contributing to the development of new design opportunities, and coordinating the communication efforts of the office. He approaches new projects with an analytical mindset, to ensure all clients and stakeholders involved are represented in the most effective way.
Irene Luque MartinResearch / Urban Design
Irene Luque Martín is a PhD in Planning and Urban Technologies where she was awarded Cum Laude and received ‘International Mention’ during her stay at the Centre of Urban Studies at the University of Amsterdam. Her thesis and current expertise focuses on understanding the role and application of urban technologies (Geographical Information Systems , artificial intelligence, urban simulations and visualization tools) in urban planning. She was presented with the ‘Extraordinary Award’ from the University of Seville with her thesis (MSc) about implementing artificial intelligence into Planning and Urban Design and is also graduate (with Cum Laude) from the School of Architecture. In conjunction with her academic career she has been engaged and working in wide range of planning and architectural offices in the South of Spain. And has done independent consultancy works focused on technological and participatory processes.
She is an active member of several institutions such as ISOCARP, Complex System Society and AESOP where she is part of coordination team of the Young Academic (YA) network, as well a visiting scientist at the University of Twente . Her main role in these institutions is to bring academia outcomes into daily practice methods and research.
At FABRICations, she implements her expertise in technology and methods by bridging the gap between theory and practice.
Max AugustijnResearch / Business Development
Max is an interdisciplinary design researcher with an affinity for precise writing and data-driven approaches. Throughout his studies in Amsterdam (UvA), London (UAL) and Barcelona (Elisava), he was educated in Psychology, Business Administration and Research for Design and Innovation. Here, he developed a theoretical framework based on socioeconomic, cultural and psychological perspectives.
During his academic career, he experienced the European music industry first-hand with the rock band LICK and provided graphic design, design research and communications for several organizations. At FABRICations, Max is part of the research team and facilitates organizational processes.
Wesley VerhoevenArchitecture / Urban Design
Wesley studied architecture at the Technical University of Delft and graduated Cum Laude. He has a genuine interest in the approach of design through research, investigating different aspects of our society such as, material cycles, social structures and local identities. In combination with his passion to travel he aims to respond meaningfully to tangible and intangible structures of a specific area. This approach is clearly manifested in his graduation project which was nominated for several awards among which the National Archiprix.
At FABRICations Wesley follows a research and design approach where different methodologies are applied based on the unique conditions of each projects. He contributes with a keen eye for design, graphics, storytelling and analytical-thinking in order to create meaningful interventions and strategies.
Seyit KoyuncuArchitecture / Urban Design
Seyit is a young Turkish architect, currently continuing his architectural study at Izmir University of Economics. By attributing wide range of competitions and workshops, he improved his analytical thinking skills and comprehensive design approach which plays a key role in his architectural design methodology. Seyit seeks innovation in architecture in terms of both aesthetics and technology. With his mechatronics, electric and electronics degrees he can bring variety of working and designing disciplines together.
FABRICations interdisciplinary vision creates perfect environment for Seyit to attribute to the projects with his visionary sense of design and technical skills. This multidisciplinary approach brings wide range of perspectives to the table.
Isabella SuppaArchitecture / Urban Design
Isabella is a student from Toronto, Canada currently completing her undergraduate studies at the University of Waterloo School of Architecture. As she enters her fourth year of her education, Isabella’s interests continuously gravitate to research-based design. Often, she approaches her academic projects from a heavy research perspective considering site analysis, environmental processes and human interaction at all stages of her designs. Isabella also has a keen interest in architecture, urbanism and landscape theory and literature.
Isabella gravitated to FABRICations due to her growing curiosity of how research can inform architectural design. She is very excited to participate in this process and to translate research into informative drawings and innovative designs.
Vanessa SokicArchitecture / Urban Design
Vanessa is currently completing her undergraduate studies in the accredited Honours Bachelor of Architectural Studies Program at the University of Waterloo in Ontario, Canada. Her time at FABRICations constitutes her second internship experience.
Based on Vanessa’s previous internship experience which branched into architecture, landscape, and design, she values the importance of bringing different ideas and mindsets together through collaborative multidisciplinary teams. In addition, her strong background in visual arts has fuelled her unrelenting passion to discover creative means of problem solving. Vanessa is most eager to discover different ways that architecture can be utilized effectively in order to make a positive impact on the surrounding social and natural environment. Her goal at FABRICations is to contribute to making a positive difference and to learn more about how she can view architecture as a communication tool as she continues her studies in the future.
Jakob Moritz BeckerUrban Design / Research
Jakob Moritz Becker, born in Berlin, graduated from structural engineering at the Berlin School of Economics and Law. During the completion of his undergraduate degree, he gained practical work experience in different planning and architecture offices in Berlin, Leipzig and Beijing where he worked on the development of traffic infrastructure, the optimization of train networks and the application of alternative means of energy generation at train stations.
In the course of his studies, his methodology of approaching urban challenges developed from a detailed and technical perspective towards a more and more holistic view. He now attends a Master’s degree in urbanism at Bauhaus-Universität Weimar to deepen the knowledge on how to effectively contribute to approaching energy transition, renewable energy generation in densely-populated urban areas and forming resilient circular economies in a wider scale – always aiming for a future in which the human impact on the environment can be reduced as much as possible.
At FABRICations, Becker contributes through applying a research by design approach in which different methodologies are evaluated and utilized based on the unique conditions of the projects he is working on.
Katja was born and raised in Croatia, but has moved to London for her Bachelor’s degree in Architecture. After graduating with honors from London Metropolitan University, Katja joined FABRICations as an intern.
During her studies she developed interest for sustainability in Architecture, and extensive research methods as a foundation to every design project. Her internship at FABRICations would allow for further investigation into these concepts on a professional platform.
Katja excels at project development, hand-drawing and design solutions, but is also very driven by design theory and critical approach towards Architecture. This interest started developing through her studies, as she always enjoyed writing and investigative assignments. Most of her work reflects on the relationship between architectural criticism, human psychology and design solution.
Marianne Lafontaine-ChichaLandscape Architecture / Urban Design
Marianne recently completed a Master in landscape architecture at the University of Toronto. She believes spatial designers will play a pivotal role in the elaboration of innovative solutions to contemporary societal issues such as climate change and resource scarcity. These last few years, she has focused on the impact of infrastructures on our landscapes, working on a range of scales from global standardization down to biological diversity. Her thesis work focused on navigation channels and was awarded by the American Society of Landscape Architects for its analysis and planning.
At FABRICations, Marianne brings a landscape architecture perspective, contextualizing projects within broader considerations, while identifying how to maximize resiliency through meaningful details.
Reinout Haisma, born in The Netherlands, studied Environmental Sciences and Urban Systems Engineering at Wageningen University and Urban Planning at Technical University of Berlin. In his studies he became specialized in circular and sustainable systems, both at a small scale through environmental technology and sustainable building as at a broader scale by investigating environmental infrastructure, resource flows and climate change adaptation for cities and regions.
Through his studies and experience working in sustainability consultancy he is approaching environmental problems and built-environment projects from a systems perspective. From this perspective he always aims for holistic solutions. Among others, he has been working on circular strategies for urban regions and neighborhoods, new business models for residual flows from industries and research on sustainable water supply for industrial areas in Vietnam deltas.
At FABRICations, Reinout contributes through his specialization that combines on the one hand environmental technology and circular systems and at the other hand urban design.
Jurate has completed BA of architecture in Vilnius Gediminas Technical University, Lithuania. During her studies she worked with different scales of architecture which cultivated her curiosity about holistic approach towards architecture and urbanism. She is especially interested in transformations – rethinking the meaning of abandoned areas and buildings, discovering lost identities and embracing their significance to the city.
Jurate’s aim at FABRICations is to analyze perspectives of contemporary architecture and urbanism by developing innovative concepts and searching for unconventional ideas.