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Paul De Ruiter

Founder
Paul De Ruiter Architects
Netherlands

In 1990 Paul de Ruiter (b. 1962) completed his studies at the Technical University of Delft (the Netherlands). Two years later he started his research concerning energy efficient buildings. Before founding his own office in 1994 he worked with leading architectural offices in Canada, Australia and the Netherlands.

From its very start Paul de Ruiter was keen on doing research to design buildings and towns in which people feel comfortable and safe, without prejudicing the environment and economic feasibility. Architecture should serve people and humanity – that is the real basis for effective innovation.

Besides his design activities Paul de Ruiter worked at his doctoral dissertation on climate active facades. He gives lectures, writes articles for professional journals, he was co-founder of the Living Daylights Foundation, is a member of the programboard of the Amsterdam based architecture centre ARCAM and is committed to several institutions that aim at a sustainable society.

Founded in 1994 in Amsterdam, Paul de Ruiter Architects has the ambition to bring the future closer by means of innovative architecture – making possible what appears impossible and developing unexpected and pioneering solutions. The keywords innovation, sustainability, identity and interaction characterize the vision of Paul de Ruiter Architects.

Innovative improvements are generated by the desire to enhance the architectural quality. Not just in a technical or aesthetic sense, but also regarding functionality. Quality is not only reflected in the exterior of a building, but also and even to a greater extent by its internal functions. This means a healthy indoor climate, ingenious use of space and new flexibility. Therefore we make substantial investments in R&D, looking for an extra dimension in architecture – for intelligent architecture, from which people receive energy, both literally and figuratively.

It is a misconception to think that energy-saving and sustainable buildings lack architectonic quality. Aesthetics and sustainability are not mutually exclusive, quite the contrary. For us, saving energy is a good reason to produce innovative and inspiring architecture.

Paul de Ruiter Architects designed the CO2-neutral TNT Centre (LEED Platinum, Greencalc. score of 1005), the headquarters of Transavia (BREEAM Very Good, LEED Platinum), Office and callcentre for UPC (BREEAM Excellent), the Museumpark Parkinggarage including a waterreservoir, the Bijlmerpark Theatre and several state-of-the-art villa’s. Hotel Amstelkwartier, the first LEED Platinum Certified hotel in Europe, is now being build.

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