Hans van Heeswijk, architect and founder/director
Every time he has the opportunity, Hans van Heeswijk explains why architecture is the best profession he can imagine. It starts with a telephone call. Someone needs a building, an interior or a bridge. There is a context in which to fit the commission. A spatial idea comes to life in the mind. Putting that on paper initiates a dialogue. A design emerges through conversation. A plan develops into a project. Construction makes that tangible and concrete.
At a certain moment it is ready. The structure that shapes space that was not there in that form, in a place that was always there. The surroundings also change accordingly. The collaboration yields a result, and the idea has become reality. We can experience the construction drawings, perspectives and models at full size. Nothing better than that.
After graduating from Delft as an engineer in 1980, Van Heeswijk moved to Amsterdam to learn the profession from Aldo van Eyck. After four years of experience he was ready to start his own office. That succeeded and is still growing. This website shows the current situation.
Pleasure in the profession has grown over time too. The enjoyment of analysing complex assignments and then organising and solving them. The result is a logic that was not there before and only has to be realised. The broad field of work offers clients, occupants and designers the variation and surprise that makes building together so exciting.
Relevant experience (selection): 1980-1983, worked with architecture office of Aldo van Eyck and Theo Bosch in Amsterdam; 1983-1985 worked with architecture office of Aldo and Hannie van Eyck in Amsterdam; 1985 founded Hans van Heeswijk Architects in Amsterdam; 1987-1999 tutor at the Amsterdam School of the Arts, Academy of Architecture; 1988-1992 member and chairperson of the Advisory Board to the Practice Office for Art Commissions at the Ministry of Welfare, Health and Culture; 1989-1995 member of the Architecture Working Group at the Amsterdam Arts Council; 1991-1996 member of the building aesthetics committee of the municipality of Amsterdam; 2006-today, board member of the Royal Institute of Dutch Architects (BNA).