BUREAU B+B

KRAANSPOOR 1
1033 SC AMSTERDAM

Office

We are a group of curious, analytical and independent thinkers. Guided by our devotion to design ethics, we love to add new vivacious chapters to the world we live in. We operate at the interface of culture and nature. This is where our projects manage to unlock the hidden qualities of a site.

We are organised as a collective agency. This reinforces an open and sharing culture. Equality and substantive cross-pollination are constants. A fertile soil in which we work on the best possible projects together.

Our work differs from project to project, but still, our handwriting can be recognised consistently in our methods and designs. Distinct and uncluttered. Conceptually clear – and with space for emotion, the tactile and the poetic. Every design conveys a remarkable idea or an intervention that challenges conventions by lifting the spatial experience above the functional.

Our primary mission is to connect. Places, people and nature. Only after that will the focus shift to design. Crucial is creating conditions for sustainable use and allowing a gradual transformation. This is how we add a new chapter to the story of a place, which can be told over and over again.

Team

GERT-JAN WISSE

director - landscape architect

Gert-Jan Wisse, landscape architect and director at Bureau B+B, was educated in Arnhem, Manchester and Amsterdam. Gert-Jan works from a strong strategic approach, is a bridge-builder and is adept at translating the essence of an assignment into a clear and powerful design. He sees the landscape and public space as a medium between people and their environment. With precision and contextual clarity, Gert-Jan interprets the meaning of a place, connecting people with the narrative of the landscape.

E gert-jan.wisse@bplusb.nl

SIMONA SERAFINO

landscape architect

Simona has gained experience as an architect and landscape architect in Rome, Lisbon, Barcelona and the Netherlands. Her passion lies in creating designs that are strongly connected to the natural landscape, while engaging in a dialogue with architecture. Through extensive research into site-specific qualities, such as history and anthropology, her designs establish a sustainable and long-lasting relation with their unique context. Simona uses her comprehensive knowledge of planting and materials to achieve a coherent atmosphere and aesthetic in her designs.

E simona.serafino@bplusb.nl

MARIJN VAN OSS

landscape designer

Marijn is a passionate landscape designer who, after gaininfg a bachelor’s degree at HAS, obtained his master’s degree in Landscape Architecture at Wageningen University. In his work, he prioritises his fascination for nature and ecology. He sees landscape and natural systems as the basis for a new attractive and qualitative landscape. His designs are characterised by an analytical and research-oriented attitude.

E marijn.vanoss@bplusb.nl

MARK VERGEER

landscape architect

Mark’s degrees in Spatial Design and Landscape Architecture make him a multidisciplinary landscape architect. His designs are characterized by powerful, simple and timeless structures and interventions that allow for change and flexibility. With an organised working process, an inquisitive attitude and a clear goal, he unravels the red thread within a project and brings structure to complex design assignments.

E mark.vergeer@bplusb.nl

HANNAH SCHUBERT

director - landscape architect

Hannah is director at Bureau B+B and was educated in Amsterdam, Berlin and Newcastle upon Tyne. She is driven by finding a new balance between nature and mankind. This asks for acknowledging our responsibility and guiding role as designers, as humans, in all social and spatial interventions we propose. Hannah practices this by creating designs not solely based on our own comfort but with an acknowledgement and deep understanding of the needs of other species. She believes this will eventually lead to a more beautiful and sustainable environment, a peaceful co-existence. Hannah considers landscape architecture to be a great way of raising awareness, and a catalyst for change. This, and the aspect of time, is a constant factor in her projects, to which she has an imaginative and fervent narrative approach.

E hannah.schubert@bplusb.nl

AGNIESZKA LULA

urban designer

Agnieszka is a socially engaged urban designer, who was educated at the universities of Stockholm, Krakow and Gdansk. Drawing on her interests in urban ecologies, she designs for social inclusion, sustainable economic growth and environmental justice. Agnieszka is committed to redefine urban ecosystems and create spaces where humans and other species can thrive together. Her design process comprises methodical research which helps refine the essence of an assignment.

E agnieszka.lula@bplusb.nl

JEANETTE VISSER

civil engineer

Jeanette is a highly experienced project manager and part of the management team. Many projects with the typical Bureau B+B signature – contextually anchored and finely detailed – have been guided until completion by Jeanette. She mobilises craftsmanship, and has years of experience in translating a design sketch into an feasible plan, in which the details tell the story of the design. She thrives when working within complex design assignments, challenging the team to come up with a thoughtful, readable and layered design within the set parameters and requirements. In multidisciplinary design teams, Jeanette directs the design process and achieves a sustainable execution that matches the ambitions in terms of engineering, maintenance and costs.

E jeanette.visser@bplusb.nl

GIJS RIJNBEEK

landscape designer

Gijs is a technically oriented landscape designer and project manager who gained experience in refined technical detailing in Zurich, Switzerland. Born on a nursery in Boskoop and raised among plants and trees, these are still essential elements in his projects; he wants people to experience nature and planting. Gijs likes to explore his ideas and designs with scale models, which can be used to test the spatial quality and determine the desired final image together with the client. Perseverance in the makeability and realisation of a plan are the foundation of Gijs’ work.

E gijs.rijnbeek@bplusb.nl

TOMAS DEGENAAR

director - landscape architect

Tomas is director at Bureau B+B and an experienced landscape architect. He was educated at Wageningen University and worked in both the United Kingdom and the Netherlands. He prefers to answer the cluttering of our current everyday landscape with subtle interventions, stripped of unnecessary adornments and fashionable elements. Tomas seeks for designs that answer complex spatial issues through a balanced spatial composition and a timeless character. With a modest design attitude, Tomas is on a continuous search for typological clarity, a strong spatial effect and visual serenity.

E tomas.degenaar@bplusb.nl

VITO TIMMERMAN

landscape architect

Vito studied psychology and landscape architecture in Ghent and Amsterdam. With an enthusiastic and explorative design attitude, Vito uses landscape architecture as a means to increase people’s affinity with the landscape and nature – and thus to better cope with future challenges. As a landscape architect, he uses design assignments to put urgent issues on the agenda. He works on different scale levels and creates coherence between large-scale master plans and detailed elaborations. Vito uses hand sketching as a methodology and uses ‘doing by making’ as a design tool to initiate a dialogue and initiate a new way of thinking.

E vito.timmerman@bplusb.nl

BARBARA SCHIRRU

trainee

After earning a degree in Urban Design, Barbara is currently completing her Master’s degree in Landscape Architecture at the Politecnico di Milano. During her internship at Bureau B+B, she designs large and small scale public spaces with enthusiasm and an accurate view. Her passion lies in the graphic and aesthetic elaboration of designs.

E barbara.schirru@bplusb.nl

SYBREN LEMPSINK

landscape architect

Sybren was educated at Van Hall Larenstein and the Academy of Architecture in Amsterdam. As a landscape architect, he works at different scales and phases, from strategic visions and international competitions to implementation projects and small scale bridge design. Strengthening an existing identity or creating a new story is always a central focus. With his analytical and critical eye, Sybren knows how to bring the right focus to projects. The result is a design that feels natural and provides answers to the challenges of our time.

E sybren.lempsink@bplusb.nl

JESSICA JI

trainee

Jessica recently graduated from the Master in Landscape Architecture at TU Delft. After gaining experience at large scale level, she now develops design methodologies at small scale level during her internship at Bureau B+B. Her inquisitive and curious approach translates into precise and thoughtful designs and strategies. The sense of graphic elaboration and aesthetics makes Jessica a multidisciplinary young designer.

E jessica.ji@bplusb.nl

ROY DAMEN

landscape architect

Roy is an all-around landscape architect who has learned the profession from practice. He enjoys working from the complexity of the landscape and seeks for innovative solutions to today’s questions. A gardener at heart, he combines the idea of ‘thinking hands’ with theory and imagination to formulate answers to a wide range of assignments. He works on various scales simultaneously, like inner city visions, climate adaptive living areas and precise planting plans. He is always looking for the human connection, both inside and outside project teams.

E roy.damen@bplusb.nl

Gert-Jan Wisse, landscape architect and director at Bureau B+B, was educated in Arnhem, Manchester and Amsterdam. Gert-Jan works from a strong strategic approach, is a bridge-builder and is adept at translating the essence of an assignment into a clear and powerful design. He sees the landscape and public space as a medium between people and their environment. With precision and contextual clarity, Gert-Jan interprets the meaning of a place, connecting people with the narrative of the landscape.

E gert-jan.wisse@bplusb.nl

Simona has gained experience as an architect and landscape architect in Rome, Lisbon, Barcelona and the Netherlands. Her passion lies in creating designs that are strongly connected to the natural landscape, while engaging in a dialogue with architecture. Through extensive research into site-specific qualities, such as history and anthropology, her designs establish a sustainable and long-lasting relation with their unique context. Simona uses her comprehensive knowledge of planting and materials to achieve a coherent atmosphere and aesthetic in her designs.

E simona.serafino@bplusb.nl

Marijn is a passionate landscape designer who, after gaininfg a bachelor’s degree at HAS, obtained his master’s degree in Landscape Architecture at Wageningen University. In his work, he prioritises his fascination for nature and ecology. He sees landscape and natural systems as the basis for a new attractive and qualitative landscape. His designs are characterised by an analytical and research-oriented attitude.

E marijn.vanoss@bplusb.nl

Mark’s degrees in Spatial Design and Landscape Architecture make him a multidisciplinary landscape architect. His designs are characterized by powerful, simple and timeless structures and interventions that allow for change and flexibility. With an organised working process, an inquisitive attitude and a clear goal, he unravels the red thread within a project and brings structure to complex design assignments.

E mark.vergeer@bplusb.nl

Hannah is director at Bureau B+B and was educated in Amsterdam, Berlin and Newcastle upon Tyne. She is driven by finding a new balance between nature and mankind. This asks for acknowledging our responsibility and guiding role as designers, as humans, in all social and spatial interventions we propose. Hannah practices this by creating designs not solely based on our own comfort but with an acknowledgement and deep understanding of the needs of other species. She believes this will eventually lead to a more beautiful and sustainable environment, a peaceful co-existence. Hannah considers landscape architecture to be a great way of raising awareness, and a catalyst for change. This, and the aspect of time, is a constant factor in her projects, to which she has an imaginative and fervent narrative approach.

E hannah.schubert@bplusb.nl

Agnieszka is a socially engaged urban designer, who was educated at the universities of Stockholm, Krakow and Gdansk. Drawing on her interests in urban ecologies, she designs for social inclusion, sustainable economic growth and environmental justice. Agnieszka is committed to redefine urban ecosystems and create spaces where humans and other species can thrive together. Her design process comprises methodical research which helps refine the essence of an assignment.

E agnieszka.lula@bplusb.nl

Jeanette is a highly experienced project manager and part of the management team. Many projects with the typical Bureau B+B signature – contextually anchored and finely detailed – have been guided until completion by Jeanette. She mobilises craftsmanship, and has years of experience in translating a design sketch into an feasible plan, in which the details tell the story of the design. She thrives when working within complex design assignments, challenging the team to come up with a thoughtful, readable and layered design within the set parameters and requirements. In multidisciplinary design teams, Jeanette directs the design process and achieves a sustainable execution that matches the ambitions in terms of engineering, maintenance and costs.

E jeanette.visser@bplusb.nl

Gijs is a technically oriented landscape designer and project manager who gained experience in refined technical detailing in Zurich, Switzerland. Born on a nursery in Boskoop and raised among plants and trees, these are still essential elements in his projects; he wants people to experience nature and planting. Gijs likes to explore his ideas and designs with scale models, which can be used to test the spatial quality and determine the desired final image together with the client. Perseverance in the makeability and realisation of a plan are the foundation of Gijs’ work.

E gijs.rijnbeek@bplusb.nl

Tomas is director at Bureau B+B and an experienced landscape architect. He was educated at Wageningen University and worked in both the United Kingdom and the Netherlands. He prefers to answer the cluttering of our current everyday landscape with subtle interventions, stripped of unnecessary adornments and fashionable elements. Tomas seeks for designs that answer complex spatial issues through a balanced spatial composition and a timeless character. With a modest design attitude, Tomas is on a continuous search for typological clarity, a strong spatial effect and visual serenity.

E tomas.degenaar@bplusb.nl

Vito studied psychology and landscape architecture in Ghent and Amsterdam. With an enthusiastic and explorative design attitude, Vito uses landscape architecture as a means to increase people’s affinity with the landscape and nature – and thus to better cope with future challenges. As a landscape architect, he uses design assignments to put urgent issues on the agenda. He works on different scale levels and creates coherence between large-scale master plans and detailed elaborations. Vito uses hand sketching as a methodology and uses ‘doing by making’ as a design tool to initiate a dialogue and initiate a new way of thinking.

E vito.timmerman@bplusb.nl

After earning a degree in Urban Design, Barbara is currently completing her Master’s degree in Landscape Architecture at the Politecnico di Milano. During her internship at Bureau B+B, she designs large and small scale public spaces with enthusiasm and an accurate view. Her passion lies in the graphic and aesthetic elaboration of designs.

E barbara.schirru@bplusb.nl

Sybren was educated at Van Hall Larenstein and the Academy of Architecture in Amsterdam. As a landscape architect, he works at different scales and phases, from strategic visions and international competitions to implementation projects and small scale bridge design. Strengthening an existing identity or creating a new story is always a central focus. With his analytical and critical eye, Sybren knows how to bring the right focus to projects. The result is a design that feels natural and provides answers to the challenges of our time.

E sybren.lempsink@bplusb.nl

Jessica recently graduated from the Master in Landscape Architecture at TU Delft. After gaining experience at large scale level, she now develops design methodologies at small scale level during her internship at Bureau B+B. Her inquisitive and curious approach translates into precise and thoughtful designs and strategies. The sense of graphic elaboration and aesthetics makes Jessica a multidisciplinary young designer.

E jessica.ji@bplusb.nl

Roy is an all-around landscape architect who has learned the profession from practice. He enjoys working from the complexity of the landscape and seeks for innovative solutions to today’s questions. A gardener at heart, he combines the idea of ‘thinking hands’ with theory and imagination to formulate answers to a wide range of assignments. He works on various scales simultaneously, like inner city visions, climate adaptive living areas and precise planting plans. He is always looking for the human connection, both inside and outside project teams.

E roy.damen@bplusb.nl

History

As landscape architects, urban planners, architects and civil engineers, we have built a rich portfolio since 1977. That year, namesakes Bakker and Bleeker started our firm with a revolutionary approach. Their vision was to bring landscape architecture as a discipline into the city. They also made a case for landscape architects to be equally involved in spatial processes.

That stance proved decisive for the emancipation of the profession and the conquest of urban planning as our field of activity. Their self-awareness, autonomy and focus on an interdisciplinary approach typify us even now. Designs relate very precisely to the context of the place. On that foundation, we realised projects like Bocholt Kubaai, Kern Bijzonder and the NIKE EMEA campus.

Our original character still resonates in our approach and vision. In the way we are organised – namely: as a foundation for the promotion of landscape architecture – we experience the freedom to want to carry our profession to the next level.

And although we can confidently rely on our experience, we still manage to constantly reinvent ourselves. A new generation deliberately takes over the board after a few years. This allows us to chart a course that flexibly responds to current social challenges.

Because we are constantly renewing ourselves, we continuously succeed in attracting young and diverse talent. This creates a climate of openness, with a drive to explore and learn. From each other, society and the environment. We ask the essential questions and find refreshing solutions to today’s challenges.

Jobs

Bureau B+B is looking for enthousiastic trainees

Bureau B+B is always looking for new talent. We offer internships for students of landscape architecture or urban planning for a minimum duration of 6 months. You will work in an interdisciplinary team on projects in NL and abroad. Bureau B+B offers an inspiring working environment in which you will gain experience in various design assignments and participate as a team member. Good knowledge of AutoCAD, Illustrator, InDesign, Photshop and 3D software is an advantage.

Eligibility for an internship requires being enrolled at a college or university, or attending an Erasmus/Erasmus Plus programme.

Written applications with CV and portfolio (maximum 5MB) can be sent to: vacatures@bplusb.nl for the attention of Mark Vergeer.