Poetic Engineering

Based on its clear views on design in the built environment Jeanne Dekkers Architecture has realized many high-profile buildings. The firm seeks and finds the best fitting responses for each commission. Every design process begins with getting thoroughly acquainted with the commission by rephrasing the definition of the problem and a study into four key aspects. ‘Looking and listening’ to the location, the brief, the purpose and background of the client and the user and being receptive to invisible factors. These are important to understand as fully as possible what the commission actually is, and to fully master it. 

At Jeanne Dekkers Architecture, discovering the essence behind the mundane aspects of a given environment is important. We approach every commission from the history and significance of the location: ‘the gift of location’. In discovering the individuality of the area, the characteristic of the client’s desire and the uniqueness of the hidden existing significance, a new image is created that leads to a unique architectural interpretation. Poetry (light and space, colour and texture) and engineering (size and proportion, detail and engineering) are our main ingredients for a building that functions well in all aspects and that everyone is proud of. Alongside sustainability, flexibility and orientation to the future are themes that we do not lose sight of. Moreover, during the design we monitor the budget. This method makes the joint architectural ambition feasible and leads to an actual new building, as it were “a dream that lands”.


The firm advocates a multidisciplinary approach with several parties collaborating, each on the basis of their own particular know-how and expertise. Co-ordinating this process – poetry and engineering – is an extra challenge which results in excellence. The portfolio of Jeanne Dekkers Architecture includes a wide variety of commissions on every possible scale: from urban design to commercial and industrial buildings, public buildings, schools, dwellings and interiors: ‘from cities to seats’. Working closely as a team, designers and engineers develop and supervise every phase, from designing up to and including the completion of the last detail. A team of around 7 people, with experience and a fresh view, enthusiastically work on the different tasks involved in designing and realizing the various commissions.