Ivo de Jeu

Ivo de Jeu

Amsterdam, NL



I am always interested in new (freelance) opportunities and commissions in urban architecture//research//design in NL, EU and beyond. Check: or send an email to

I consider myself a researching designer and a designing researcher. Originally I am trained in the architectural design of the physical objects that shape our built environment. But rather quickly my focus shifted towards researching the systems behind the physical manifestations; analysing the processes and force fields that might eventually lead to physical objects. For me, this duality is the most fascinating aspect of current architectural practice, architecture not as an independent goal but as a means to an end to start up certain processes. It is this mentality that guided me through the years and has brought me to where I am today.

I have always looked for workplaces and projects where this duality -the proces and analysis- is an important part of the projects and assignments. For me, at 2012Architects (now called Superuse Studios) it was not only about using interesting existing waste-materials as the basis for specific designs but eventually about transforming waste streams to influence wasteful industrial processes as a whole. Or at .FABRIC (Prix de Rome 2010) where I worked on shaping new strategic spatial policy in regards to Healthy Urbanization for the Dutch Ministry of Infrastructure and the Environment and also participated in design research for the 5th IABR - Making City. At .FABRIC I experienced first hand what the results can be if you are able to connect multiple agendas at once, where seemingly conflicting interests can be forged into one greater whole and where you can maintain spatial quality and integrity as a designer by making smart alliances with multiple stakeholders.

Together with graphic designer and art-director Barbara Iwanicka I have recently been selected for the shortlist of the 12th Europan, The Adaptable City, in Assen. Our approach to go for a gradual transformation of the project area by doing simple, recognizable architectural interventions was understood and appreciated by the jury.

At this moment I am working at One Architecture on the international Rebuild by Design competition. Together with the Bjarke Ingels Group we are researching how to make New York climate proof by means of social infrastructure, community building and hedonistic sustainability to design ecological, social and economical profitable sustainable solutions for the city.

Overlooking all my projects and work experience, my personal handwriting as a designer expresses itself more in a design mentality than in the possible final outcomes. A design mentality that, in my opinion, in the current state of architecture, is becoming more and more urgent and relevant.



SeARCH, Amsterdam, NL, architect

Working on the Gershwin project, a three-dimensional pixelated scheme of two apartment buildings at the Zuidas in Amsterdam.

Sep 2014 - current

FRICTIEStudio, Amsterdam, NL, architect, owner

FRICTIEStudio was established in 2010 shortly after graduation from the highly acclaimed Studio Border Conditions at the TU Delft and has since then taken on a wide range of projects; from small potential interventions in public space to research into self-sufficient prefab housing, a possible publication on different aspects of self-built structures and different competitions and commissions. The work of FRICTIEStudio has thus far been exhibited in Rotterdam, Eindhoven, the UK and Poland, with two small ongoing projects in Poland and The Hague while the possibility of an artistic research project in São Paulo is being investigated at the moment.

Jan 2010 - current

One Architecture BV, Amsterdam, NL, freelance architect-researcher

At One Architecture in Amsterdam I'm working in close collaboration with principal Matthijs Bouw on the Rebuild By Design competition in New York. Our team is headed by the Bjarke Ingels Group and we are researching resiliency issues in relation to growth, density and (social) infrastructures. At One I am currently also working on the German 'Baukulturatlas' for 2050 in collaboration with Raumtaktik. Another project I was involved in at One was Amsterdam Metropolitan Solutions - a proposal for a Center for Urban Tech Acceleration together with OMA-AMO, THNK and others.

Aug 2013 - Apr 2014

.FABRIC, Amsterdam, NL, designer-researcher

At .FABRIC I was working as a designer-researcher, working on mapping regional strategies, new spatial policy for the Dutch Ministry of Infrastructure and the Environment, design research for the 5th International Architecture Biennale Rotterdam, urban planning, large-scale (social) housing proposals, a private residence and teaching the occasional workshop at the Amsterdam Academy of Architecture, among other things.

Aug 2011 - Feb 2013

Archi-Tectonics, New York, NY, US, intern

At Archi-Tectonics I was working on various competitions; a museum, hotel, high-rise and (social) housing next to the renovation of a townhouse and the DD-phase of a hotel. I made renderings, form and conceptual studies, physical models and technical drawings.

Sep 2007 - Feb 2008

2012Architects, Rotterdam, intern, designer/builder

At 2012Architects (currently Superuse Studios) in Rotterdam I worked on a diverse range of projects but focussed mostly on the WORM@VOC-project where WORM (the Rotterdam Institute for Avant-Gardist Recreation) found shelter in a 17th century monument in Delfshaven, Rotterdam. For this project I made all the necessary technical drawings for permits and construction, including non-standard high-end detailing and shop drawings (which was quite challenging for this Dutch national monument) At 2012Architects I've learned what the real implications are for a sustainable design attitude based on reuse and recycling and what it means to practice what you preach as an architect since we were also the construction workers of the projects ourselves using reclaimed materials wherever possible.

Jan 2004 - Sep 2006


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

Having studied at the TU in Delft enabled me to experience a wide variety of approaches and opinions concerning the state of architecture today; from neo-Modernist straightforwardness to hyperrational Superdutch foamcutter architecture, Digitalism and intense Situationist experimentations.

Jan 2005 - Jan 2010

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

At the HvA I learned the basics of architecture and engineering including construction and energy calculations and detailing.

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.


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