Women on innovative architecture

8 February 2007
Based on their own personal histories and sources of inspiration, young architects Monica Adams and Juliette Bekkering presented their views on architecture and illustrated the backgrounds of their realizations and future projects.

Bekkering Adams architects is a dynamic architects' studio, established in 1997 in Rotterdam by Juliette Bekkering, and reinforced in 2005 by Monica Adams. Their project portfolio varies from complex building assignments to formulating new concepts, from residential building to utility building, from urbanism to interior design. An overview of their work was already presented in November 2005 in the ABC Architecture Center in Haarlem.

The buildings by Bekkering Adams stand out with their wilfulness and innovation. Always in harmony with the identity of their surroundings.  

Juliette Bekkering (Sorengo, Switzerland, 1963) graduated in 1989 from Delft University of Technology. Subsequently, in 1993, she went to the Universitad Politecnica de Barcelona (ETSAB) for a postdoc program in urbanism. In 1989 she established herself as an independent architect together with Michiel Riedijk. She also worked as a project architect at Kuiper Compagnons and OMA. In 1995, Bekkering became cooperating architect at Neutelings Riedijk architects, where she worked a.o. as a project architect on the Firestations of Maastricht and Breda. In 1997, she set up her own studio: ir. Juliette Bekkering Architects. Since 1 January 2005, she collaborates with Monica Adams under the name Bekkering Adams architects. Moreover, Juliette Bekkering provide educational activities and lectures at several architecture programs and universities in the Netherlands and abroad. 

Juliette Bekkering regularly takes seat in jury panels (BNA-kubus, Maaskant award young architects, Archiprix), advisory committees (Trade Committee IBT Hoogvliet, High-rise team Rotterdam) masterclasses and debates.

The studio worked among others on the following projects: Boostergemaal-East in Amsterdam, offices Maashaven O.Z. de Zuidpunt for the Rotterdam district Feyenoord and the firestation, ambulance services Vlissingen Middelburg, the head office of Elektrokern Schuurman and a forensic youth-psychiatric clinic.