Among our clients are project developers, housing corporations, national and international governments as well as private clients. We work in close cooperation with other disciplines and experts in order to come to integral and feasible strategies and designs.
Our spatial designs and architectural interiors have received a lot of media coverage. We regularly publish in various journals and books and are involved in education projects.
Defacto was founded in 2006 by Anne Loes Nillesen and is located in Rotterdam, The Netherlands.
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2009 – present Course developer and teacher Delta Interventions graduation studio, Delft University of Technology
2007 – 2009 Course developer and teacher Climate Adaptation Lab, Delft University of Technology
2006 – present Founder and director of Defacto Architecture and Urbanism
2005 – 2007 Urban designer at Must stedenbouw & architectuur, Amsterdam
2010 – current PhD candidate, Delft University of Technology, Faculty of Architecture, Department of Urbanism
2004 – 2005 Berlage Institute, Postgraduate School for Architecture, Rotterdam
1998 – 2004 MSc in both Architecture and Urban design, with honours, Delft University of Technology
2014 A spatial optimal flood risk approach. Mitigation and Adaptation Strategies for Global Change journal
2014 Improving the Allocation of Flood-Risk Interventions from a Spatial Perspective. JoLA
2014 A change of Paradigm in Dutch Flood risk design, Cities and Flooding, Popsu Europe publication
2014 Urban design and water infrastructures, Research in Urbanism Series Vol. III publication
2014 Flood proof houses in the Netherlands, International Federation Red Cross’s World Disaster Report 2014
2012 Water-Safety Strategies and Local Scale Spatial Quality, Municipal Engineer journal
2012 Een Veilige en Aantrekkelijke Delta? H2O Magazine
2012 Rotterdam: a city and mainport on the edge of a delta. European Planning Studies journal
2012 Preserving and reinforcing the characteristic buit-up dikes, Rhine-Meuse Delta publication
2011 Waterwonen in Nederland – Amphibious housing in the Netherlands. NAI Publishers publication
2011 Droge voeten en ruimtelijk vernieuwen, Blauwe kamer magazine
2010 Leren zonder Lesgeven? De Architect
2012 Podium, Architecten Web Magazine
2009 Pionieren in Waterland, Groen Magazine
2006 Sustainable growth in Urbanised Delta areas, Innovative solutions for the Delta publication
2014 Deltas in times of climate change, international conference, Rotterdam, The Netherlands
2014 ‘Holistic design aproaches’, General Economics Department, Dhaka, Bangladesh
2014 ‘The Role of Designers in Developing Flood risk strategies’, Texas A&M University, Galveston, USA
2013 ‘Kennisconferentie Deltaprogramma 2013’ Wageningen University, The Netherlands
2012 ‘Dutch approaches for Flood risk and spatial quality’, New York university, New York, United States
2012 Key note speaker: Symposium ‘Stad en Haven’ Havensteder, Rotterdam, The Netherlands
2012 Lecture on Redeveloping Public Space, Strelka Institue for Media, Architecture and Design, Moscow, Russia
2012 ‘International Symposium on Coastal Tidal Flat Development’ Hohai University, Nanjing, China
2012 ‘Rhine Muesse Delta’ International architecture biennale 2012, Rotterdam, The Netherlands
2011 Water-Safety Strategies & Spatial Quality, International waterweek workshop, Amsterdam
2011 Lecure on urban redevelopment, Workshop Flood Resilience, New Orleans, United States
2011 -2014 PAO course ‘Moderne Aspecten Waterveiligheid’ Delft, The Netherlands
2012 International Architecture bienale Rotterdam, Entry; Rhine Muess Delta, The new institute, Rotterdam
2010 Exhibition Porto Alegre Waterfront development plan, Porto Alegre, Brazil
2009 Exhibition Amphibious Housing project, Watersnood museum, Ouwekerk, The Netherlands
2005 International Architecture bienale Rotterdam: Entry Flood proof S-House, NAI Rotterdam.
2005 Urban Mobility China, exhibition of my award winning competition result, Shang-Hai, China.
In the domain of urbanism and landscape design, Defacto develops award-winning visions, public space designs and complex strategic projects using research by design methodologies. Research is an important base in many of our projects. We always work in close cooperation with relevant experts, such as engineers, ecologists and economists to come to an integrated and feasible plan.
Defacto handles architectural assignments for professional developers as well as private clients. We concentrate on the redevelopment of monumental (town)houses and apartments. The innovative, multifaceted use of space and original design solutions go hand in hand with a solid understanding of materials and techniques. Attention to the clients’ needs and the history of building are self-evident.
We contribute to the development of our field of expertise by publishing our research in academic journals and magazines. Next to our design projects and research, we take part in educational programmes and international design competitions.
Currently, our office has no specific job openings. We do however always look for talented, motivated interns and trainees that are available for a period of at least 6 months.
To apply for an internship you have to be a student in (landscape) architecture, urbanism or graphic design. As a candidate, you are enthusiastic and self-starting, curious and a fast learner, communicative and well-organised, and experienced in Adobe Illustrator, InDesign and Photoshop. Proficiency in English or Dutch is a must. During your internship you will gain experience by supporting multiple projects, that can vary from architectural interiors to landscape or urban design projects. You will receive an internship fee.
To apply for a traineeship you have to be a MSc in landscape architecture or urban design. As a candidate, you are creative, enthusiastic, self-starting, communicative, accurate and responsible. You have strong graphic, research and design skills. Proficiency in English or Dutch is a must. You have demonstrable affinity with our office and projects. You will gain experience by assisting in and working on multiple projects, that can vary from landscape and urban research to design projects. You will receive a monthly salary in line with the CAO for architects.
If you meet these requirements and if you are interested, please send your motivation, resume and portfolio to: email@example.com (single file, PDF, 10MB max.)
All our products and services for private clients are governed by the BNA’s CR 2013 (in Dutch only).
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For more information, please visit the website of the BNA, the Royal Institute of Dutch Architects.