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. Fuelled 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 and interior. At FABRICations Hein works as urban designer and researcher leading project teams in the creation of sustainable urban development strategies.
Caterina VetrugnoArchitecture / Urban Design / Research / Exhibition Design
Caterina Vetrugno is an Italian architect and urban designer collaborating with Fabric since 2015 on international projects regarding Urban Metabolism. She obtained her Master degree in Paris in 2014 after passing through the Politecnico di Milano and the Architecture School of Lyon. Alongside her studies she has contributed to different architectural and urban practices such as Christian de Portzamparc and Jean Nouvel in Paris, UrbaLab and MRP in Lyon.
At Fabric she gives her contribution through research by design projects but also managing Human Resources and occasional external collaborations.
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 PhD in Planning and Urban technologies, graduated with a Cum Laude and awarded with the “International Mention” due to her stay during one year at the Centre of Urban Studies in the University of Amsterdam. Her thesis and current expertise is focused on understanding the role and applications of urban technologies (such Geographical Information Systems, artificial intelligence, urban simulations, and visualization tools) in planning practice. She was awarded with “Extraordinary award” from the University of Seville with her thesis in the MSc about Urbanism, Planning and Urban Design. She studied architecture graduated with Cum Laude in the University of Seville. Combined with her academic career she has been working in diverse planning and architecture offices in south of Spain. She also has done independent consultancy works about technological and participatory processes.
She is an active member of several institutions such ISOCARP, Complex system society, or AESOP. She is part of the coordination team of the Young Academic (YA) network of the AESOP doing: management of some academic projects, editor of scientific journal, reviewer of scientific papers, jury for IFLA competitions, events coordinator, etc. Her main role in these institutions is to bring academia outcomes into practice daily methods and research.
At Fabrications, she implements her expertise in technology and methods promoting the integration between academia and practice.
Alessandra RiccettiSustainable Design / Urban Design
Alessandra is an Italian Architect specialized in Environmental Technology Design. She obtained Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees at Politecnico di Milano, integrating her studies at Facultad de Aquitectura, Diseño y Urbanismo de Buenos Aires.
After experiences in architectural offices, she carried out research on sustainable urban regeneration at DAStU, in order to tackle current challenges of the contemporary cities. There, she worked on pilot projects for temporary reuse and, with the Master Thesis, contributed to the scientific technical committee nominated by the Municipality of Milan for Reopen Navigli project, focusing on recover waterways and landscape (gaining Cum Laude MSc and honorable mentions from OAPPC Milano, NIB).
Enjoying collaborative processes and multidisciplinary team aptitude, Alessandra has been interested in service design and, as co-founder of a no profit association, in re-activating underused spaces, public debates and partnership with public administrations. Alessandra joined FABRICations in 2017 to work on multi-scalar projects, facing the complexity of sustainable design processes and socio-environmental issues for resilient cities.
Max AugustijnResearch / Business Development
Max is an interdisciplinary design researcher who does not believe there is only one side to the story. Throughout his studies in Amsterdam (UvA), London (UAL) and Barcelona (ELISAVA), he was educated in Psychology, Business Administration and Design Research and developed a theoretical framework based on socioeconomic, cultural and psychological perspectives. While focusing on organizational strategy for the creative industries during his academic career, he experienced the international 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 on the background. Having an affinity with immersive aesthetics and precise writing, he sees graphic design and storytelling as bridging components for communicating research and maintaining external relations. Taken together, Max hopes to foster an expertise in holistic urban analysis, graphic design and business development during his tenure with FABRICations.
Lea SoretArchitecture / Urban Design
Lea is a young French architect who has completed her studies between Lille, Ghent and Brussels. After diverse working experiences, counting a participation to the IABR 2016, she decided to go deeper into research by design and starts a second master of Urbanism at the Architecture Academy of Amsterdam.
Fascinated by long term urban analysis, productive environment and transition, she is joining the team of FABRICations in order to dig in the numerous challenges of the contemporary urban metabolism.
Yinyin LiuLandscape Architecture / Installations Design / Research
Yinyin Liu is a landscape architect and researcher specialized in experience design and waterscapes. She integrates both cultural and ecological, eastern and western approach. In 2012 she obtained her master degree from Landscape department of Wageningen University with a honored research-thesis (Dutch National Best Thesis Prize, Top3 by IIAS and Best Thesis by WUR): the Ecological Aesthetics of Water and Waterscape. After graduation she continued her career as a designer and project leader in the Netherlands with mainly two types of projects: arts and installation design, water related landscape planning and design. Several exhibitions and parks were build under her management and construction supervision. At the same time, she is an awarded photographer with solo exhibitions in China and Netherlands respectively. She is always enthusing to reveal the invisible beauty of nature, as one of her mission as a landscape architect.
Currently in FABRICations, she shifts her focus from practical design to research, for developing and bridging the knowledge and thoughts of both.
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.
Johnathan SubendranUrban Design / Research
Johnathan is a fourth year undergraduate student at the University of Waterloo School of Architecture.
He extends his experience from Copenhagen, Toronto and New York – working at a variety of scales and typologies.
His interests lie at the intersection of social equity, the public realm and infrastructure through sustainable systems and spatial reform. He joined FABRICactions due to his growing interest of large scale regional strategies, urban design and the rethinking of our cities ‘bottom up’.
In the office Johnathan is gaining an in depth understanding of the relationship between the procedure and product where strategies can be developed on a variety of scales that is able to adapt and be resilient across many situations.
Siqi WangArchitecture / Urban Design
Siqi is a designer and researcher based in Toronto, Canada. He is currently a Master of Architecture candidate at the Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape, and Design at the University of Toronto, where he is a recipient of the John and Myrna Daniels Scholars. He also holds an Honours Bachelor of Arts with distinction in Architectural Design and Architectural History, Theory, and Criticism, and with a minor in Human Geography from the University of Toronto. Prior to joining FABRICations, he has worked professionally in various architecture and visual communication firms. His research interest lies in the latent dark matters and the matrix space such as organizational dispositions, market mechanisms, and policy environments that inflect everyday object forms in the built environment.
David BruceUrban Resiliency
David is pursuing his Masters of Architecture and Masters of Environmental Management at the Yale School of Architecture and the Yale School of Forestry.
David will join .FABRICations for the summer of 2018. This is his second prolonged stay in the Netherlands. In 2013, David spent 3 months of a yearlong Watson Fellowship in Rotterdam to study coastal resilience in cities vulnerable to sea level rise and coastal storms. He continued his year of funded research in Mumbai, Kolkata, Dhaka, Jakarta, and Ho Chi Minh and compiled drawings, photographs, and writing. Prior to beginning his graduate education, David worked as a carpenter for two years building houses in Northeast New England. Ultimately, David is interested in integrating themes of landscape and urban metabolic systems into smaller scale architectural design.