Ivo de Jeu

Ivo de Jeu

Amsterdam, NL



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As a researcher, strategist, designer & architect I love to work on complex issues with both a societal and spatial impact towards a more sustainable future for all. The challenges we face as a global society in the fields of the energy transition, future water challenges, climate change, mitigation and adaptation, ecological sustainability and healthy urbanisation are paramount. Facing these challenges in a fair, solidair and resilient manner requires a genuine collective, inclusive and integral approach in which the built environment plays a key role. This is an enormous opportunity and responsibility and something I try to contribute to as a passionate, creative and committed professional.

→ experience in:
design research, spatial strategies, architecture, urbanism, (curatorial) research, writing/editing

→ favourite input:
data-driven design fiction, hardcore sustainability, climate change/mitigation/adaptation strategies, healthy urbanisation, smart densification, energy and other urgent transitions, reuse and transformation before recycling and preservation

→ favourite output:
publications, exhibitions, map(ping)s, diagrams and drawings, buildings, objects, spaces, places & non-places



International Architecture Biennale Rotterdam (IABR), Rotterdam, NL, Architect-Researcher

Using the power of research by design to help us reach the Sustainable Development Goals of the United Nations and The Paris Climate Agreement.

(My complete work history can be found on LinkedIn)

Dec 2017 - current


Delft University of Technology, Delft, NL, Masters, Architecture

Jan 2005 - Jan 2010

Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences, Amsterdam, NL, Bachelors, Architecture

Jan 1999 - Jan 2003


Architizer A+ Awards, Masterplan Jury Winner (BIG U/The Dryline), Award

"Comprising diverse and innovative global projects from starchitects to emerging firms, this year’s winners represent the best new architecture, interiors, and products. A highly-esteemed jury of over 300 industry leaders including Yves Béhar, Paola Antonelli, Liz Diller, Joseph Altuzarra, David Rockwell, Rem D. Koolhaas, and Ian Schrager selected the five finalists in each category.
These finalists are then presented online where professionals and design enthusiasts around the globe vote for their favorites during a highly publicized campaign. The winners of the A+ Popular Choice Awards are honored alongside the A+Awards Jury Winners."


Future Projects Award 2015 (BIG U/The Dryline), Award

"The awards celebrate excellence in unbuilt or incomplete projects spanning across twelve categories. The awards take place at MIPIM, the international property market, which attracts over 20,000 delegates to Cannes.

With a strong focus on creativity, these awards are a chance to showcase projects that are examples of fine architecture, but have also responded to the client's development brief, and considered the way in which they will impact and contribute to the community around them. With architectural awards and recognition commonly focusing on current projects and designs, the MIPIM Architectural Review Future Project Awards provide a unique and exciting perspective.

All entries were assessed by an international jury chaired by Paul Finch, Editorial Director, The Architectural Review & The Architects' Journal."


Bronze Global Holcim Award for Sustainable Construction (BIG U/The Dryline), Award

"Jury members, Mohsen Mostafavi (head of jury) and Meisa Batayneh Maani discuss elements of the large-scale flood protection system which addresses the vulnerability of New York City to coastal flooding."


2015 Institute Honor Awards for Regional & Urban Design (BIG U/The Dryline), Award

"Jury Comments

This is such a pressing issue, so to have this kind of solution presented in such a clear way is remarkable.

It’s clear, sophisticated, and simple, and it addresses resilience as place-making.

Its strong outreach, innovative ideas, and variety of flexible solutions are bold and brilliant."


Rebuild by Design (BIG U/The Dryline), 1st Place

"In November 2013, the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) selected 10 finalist Design Opportunities to be pursued in the final stage of Rebuild by Design and in June 2014, Secretary Shaun Donovan of HUD announced the award of $930M to the winning ideas. Rebuild by Design is continuing to work with local governments and communities to ensure that the integrity, ambition and innovation of the selected proposals are included in the built designs. Rebuild by Design is also committed to supporting the proposals that will not receive federal disaster recovery funding, by leveraging the knowledge built by these teams.

Winning Project $335M

New York, New York

BIG (Bjarke Ingels Group) with One Architecture, Starr Whitehouse, James Lima Planning + Development, Project Projects, Green Shield Ecology, AEA Consulting, Level Agency for Infrastructure, Arcadis, and the Parsons School of Constructed Environments

The Big U is a protective system around Manhattan, driven by the needs and concerns of its communities. Stretching from West 57th street south to The Battery and up to East 42th street, the Big U protects 10 continuous miles of low-lying geography that comprise an incredibly dense, vibrant, and vulnerable urban area. The proposed system not only shields the city against floods and stormwater; it provides social and environmental benefits to the community, and an improved public realm."


Silver Holcim Award for Sustainable Design 2014 North America (BIG U/The Dryline), Award

"Protective ribbon: Silver for urban flood-protection infrastructure

The Rebuild by Design project that addresses New York City’s vulnerability to coastal flooding by using a raised berm and sequence of public spaces along the water’s edge won the Holcim Awards Silver. The 13km (8 mi) long infrastructural barrier to mitigate the impact of future storms with the devastating force of Hurricane Sandy was designed by a consortium led by architects Bjarke Ingels and Kai-Uwe Bergmann of BIG – Bjarke Ingels Group (Denmark/USA). The jury acknowledged the project’s sensitive blend of hard infrastructure and local community needs."


The William H. Whyte Award for creativity and ingenuity in planning (BIG U/The Dryline), Award

"The William H. Whyte Award recognizes those individuals that have exemplified and maintained the mission and ardor of William H. Whyte, New York City writer, anthropologist, urbanologist and social critic, whose work provides a factual basis for achieving livability through empirical observations of the relationship of human beings to place."


Longlist - Prix de Rome 2014 (FRICTIEStudio), Nomination

"The oldest and most generous prize for talented artists and architects in the Netherlands

The longlist of the Prix de Rome 2014 consisted of 50 architects, landscape architects and urbanists, nominated by scouts, other parties or by themselves."


Shortlist - Europan 12 (FRICTIEStudio), Nomination

Europan 12 Assen - Our proposal LOCAL FLUX was shortlisted for the 2013 Europan 12 - Adaptable City competition. Here is the jury’s assessment of the project:

“A charming, not unduly complicated plan that can generate a gradual transformation of the area, so that functions can be added in the course of time. There are doubts about the spatial quality. The architecture, that is so far fairly rudimentary, appears to fit in well with the site.”

-Jury Europan 12, location Assen, December 2013.

LOCAL FLUX was developed by Ivo de Jeu together with Barbara Iwanicka.