Defacto Architecture and Urbanism is an award-winning office for (landscape) architecture and urban design. Our speciality is the delivery of coherent designs and analyses that integrate spatial and technical aspects. The office provides services from strategic development and research to public space design. We work on, and connect, different scales that reach from interiors to urban environments and from gardens to regional landscapes. An innovative combination of research and design is a key factor in our work.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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Anne Loes Nillesen
Defacto was founded in 2006 by Anne Loes Nillesen. Anne Loes completed her Masters degrees in Architecture and Urbanism at TU Delft with honours. She subsequently studied at the Berlage Institute ‘Centre for Advanced Studies in Architecture and Urban Design’. Next to being project leader and director of Defacto Architecture & Urbanism, Anne Loes is a sought-after speaker on climate adaptation and urban water management, providing numerous lectures at conferences, symposia and expert meetings worldwide, and contributing to a variety of publications on these topics.
From 2007 to 2015, she was one of the founders and teachers of the ‘Delta Interventions’ studio at the Faculty of Architecture, TU Delft, where she is currently also finalizing her PhD.
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2006 – present Founder and director of Defacto Architecture and Urbanism, Rotterdam
2007 – 2015 Course developer and teacher at the Climate Adaptation & Delta Interventions graduating studio’s, Delft University of Technology
2005 – 2007 Urban Designer at Must stedenbouw & architectuur, Amsterdam
2010 – present 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
2016 Delta Interventions: Design and Engineering in urban water landscapes
2015 Bouwen aan de Delta: gerealiseerde waterbouwkundige werken 2010-2015
2015 Stimulating Enterprising Environments for Development and Sustainability (SEEDS): People and Partnerships
2015 Delft Delta Design: The Houston Galveston Bay Region, Texas, USA
2015 An Integrated Approach to Flood Risk Management and Spatial Quality for a Netherlands’ River Polder Area. Mitigation and Adaptation Strategies for Global Change.
2015 The Synergy Between Flood Risk Protection and Spatial Quality in Coastal Cities, Flowscapes, Research in Urbanism Series, Volume III
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 Flood Proof Houses in the Netherlands, International Federation Red Cross’s World Disaster Report 2014
2012 Water-Safety Strategies and Local Scale Spatial Quality. In: 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 Built-up Dikes, Rhine-Meuse Delta publication
2011 Amphibious housing in the Netherlands, NAI Publishers
2011 Droge voeten en ruimtelijk vernieuwen. In: 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
2016 Presentation of landscape designs for the Ike Dike, A&M University, USA
2016 Lecture on urban water management, LSU College of Art & Design, Lousiana, USA
2016 Key Note Speaker: BlauwZaam Symposium VI, Gorinchem, The Netherlands
2016 Atmosphere Symposium at Manitobe University, Winnipeg, Canada
2015 Next Level, Borderless Urbanism, Conference in Rotterdam, organized by the Dutch Cultural Fund
2014 KIVI Year Conference 2014: Delta Cities
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 Institute for Media, Architecture and Design, Moscow, Russia
2012 ‘International Symposium on Coastal Tidal Flat Development’ Hohai University, Nanjing, China
2012 ‘Rhine Meuse 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 Biennale Rotterdam, Entry; Rhine Meuse 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 Biennale Rotterdam: Entry Flood Proof S-House, NAI Rotterdam.
2005 Urban Mobility China, exhibition of my award winning competition result, Shang-Hai, China.
Defacto works for a wide range of clients that include project developers, housing corporations, national and international governments as well as private clients.Among our clients are: National governments and related agencies, such as the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ministry of Infrastructure and the Environment, Rijkswaterstaat, the National Delta Programme and WINN. Regional governments, for instance the Dutch provinces of Gelderland, Zuid-Holland and Utrecht. Municipalities and related agencies, such as the City of The Hague, the City of Dordrecht, the Municipality of Molenwaard, the Municipality of Ooijen Wanssum and the Port of Rotterdam. (Research) Institutes including Deltares, Platform 31 and Delft University of Technology. Project offices, such as Atelier kustkwaliteit, CUR bouw & infra, Consortium composietem. Consultancy firms, such as Royal-Haskoning DHV, HVK Lijn in Water, Twijnstra Gudde, Wing, BMO solar and triple EEE. Foundations, such as the International Architecture Biennale, Innovatienetwerk,The World Wildlife Fund (WWF), Ark, the Red Cross, and World Art Delft. Social housing corporations and developers, such as Woonbron Rotterdam, Dura Vermeer, BEMOG, Slokker Vastgoed, B&B Vastgoed, Bureau Meerstad and Stadsherstel Amsterdam. Several Private clients for the construction and renovation of private houses. International clients such as the Government of Bangladesh, the French ‘Cities on the Move Institute’, the Bay Area Coastal Protection Alliance in the USA, and the cities of Porto Alegre in Brazil and Guangzhou in China.
Defacto Architecture and Urbanism is an interdisciplinary design office. Our services range from strategy development to design, ranging from urban planning to architectural interiors. Our specialty is bringing together diverse technical and spatial aspects in a clear analysis or integral design. We work on regional visions, complex strategic projects, urban design and design research. Many projects have a strong research component, in which a good translation of research into design is essential. In recent years Defacto has built up a strong reputation in the field of designing with water and the use of temporality in urban plans. We publish regularly in professional journals and in April our book ‘Waterwonen in Nederland’ was published by NAI Publishers. Defacto carries out architectural assignments for both professional developers and private individuals. The emphasis is on the redevelopment of monumental (city) buildings and apartments. Innovative, multiple use of space and original solutions come together with knowledge of materials and techniques. Attention to the wishes of the client and the history of a building is self-evident
Currently, we don’t have any vacancies. However, we are always keen on meeting talented designers.
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All our products and services for professional clients are governed by the BNA’s ‘The New Rules 2011′.
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