Olaf Gipser (M.Arch. Dipl.Ing. Architect SBA; 1967, Switzerland) has founded his architectural practice in 2005. He has been an active faculty member for advanced architectural design at the Technical University Delft (The Berlage Postraduate Program and Departments for Public Buildings), and previously at The Berlage Institute (Rotterdam), the Royal Academy of Arts (RCA, London), the Academy of Architecture (Amsterdam) and the Bergen Architecture School (BAS, Bergen NO). He holds degrees in Architecture from the Federal Institute of Technology Zurich (ETHZ), from the University of Stuttgart, and as Fulbright student, from the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA).
Simona Puglisi (M.Arch. Architect SBA) acts as partner with a focus on office development and design strategies. Her interest in the intersection between architecture and landscape is reflected in many of our projects. Simona is also a social connector, establishing collaborations with most diverse professionals and actors. Joining our studio in 2009, she graduated cum laude in architecture from University of Reggio Calabria with a focus on landscape architecture and acquired professional experience in the Netherlands at UNStudio, de architekten Cie. and KCAP Architects & Planners.
Monique Hutschemakers (Ing. M.Arch.) is project leader and technical-architectural designer for our most challenging projects, combining a fine architectural sensibility and a sharp eye for architectural detailing with profound technical knowledge and a rigorous, systematic working ethos. Monique joined our studio in 2016 after acquiring professional experience at Office Haratori (Zurich), Dok Architecten (Amsterdam), and Heren 5 Architects (Amsterdam). She has professional degrees from HTS Tilburg (architectural technology) and the Amsterdam Academy of Architecture (architecture).
Jean-Marc Saurer (Arch. HTL/ FH) is an experienced technical-architectural designer who has been working with us on a structural basis since 2016. With his profound architectural expertise, his focus on building envelope design, and his distinctive perfectionism acquired throughout many years of architectural practice, Jean-Marc has been responsible for the challenging technical façade detailing of BSH20A ‘Stories’, the complete technical-architectural design of both the Veluwe Visitor Center ‘t Leesten, and (together with Monique) the Delfshaven Housing project. Jean-Marc maintains an independent position (www.jean-marcsaurer.nl) and has been a longstanding visiting teacher at the Amsterdam Academy of Architecture.
Abdullah Zakrat (Ing.) is a highly skilled and passionate technical-architectural junior designer and BIM-modeler. He joined our office in 2017 and has since become pivotal in the drawing production of all our projects across all levels of scale. Abdullah has two professional degrees from the Egypt American University, Cairo, and the Lebanese International University, Beirut.
Jacoba Istel (Arch.) is an all-round junior architect who is best at combining content-development with advanced software skills. Jacoba is a team player with an eye for the bigger picture. She is also a beacon of serenity even in the deadline phases. She earned her undergraduate degree from the University of Wuppertal and is currently a student at the Amsterdam Academy of Architecture.