DUS architects was founded in Amsterdam by Hans Vermeulen, Martine de Wit, and Hedwig Heinsman in 2004. The office builds public architecture: design that consciously influences daily life.
This social significance shows at all levels of DUS's work, ranging from large urban strategies to outdoor breakfast designs. DUS sees architecture as a craftsmanship and combines research and design with a hands-on approach and unique use of materials.
DUS currently works on a variety of projects, from art installation, product design, and event design to architecture, planning, and long-term urban transformation trajectories. By practicing its credo, “DESIGN by DOING,” DUS establishes a dialogue with the community, which results in valuable input for the design process and brings developer, (future) inhabitants, and municipality around one table.
DUS’s current big urban projects include the design and transformation of 150 communal dwell units in Nieuwegein and supervising the transformation of 2,000 homes in Almere Haven.
The three partners are frequently invited to lecture and lead workshops and have been guest teachers at Delft Technical University, Academy of Bouwkunst Amsterdam, Academy of Bouwkunst Enschede, and Rietveld Academy.
DUS’s work has been exhibited and published throughout the world. The DUS Gecekondu China Bag Hotel was dubbed “best architecture project of 2009” by the Dutch national newspaper NRC. The Bucky Bar was listed for the esteemed Mies van der Rohe Award 2011.
The 2013-14 Architecture Lecture Series is funded by Grants for the Arts/San Francisco Hotel Tax Fund; Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP; Jensen Architects; John Marx / Form4; Kava Massih Architects; McCall Design Group; Perkins+Will; Pfau Long Architecture; SmithGroupJJR; BraytonHughes Design Studios; Cary Bernstein Architect; Harley Ellis Devereaux; Leddy Maytum Stacy Architects; Levy Design Partners; Stanley Saitowitz | Natoma Architects Inc.; Andrea Cochran Landscape Architecture; ARCH Art & Drafting Supply; Blasen Landscape Architecture; David Gissen and Rachel Schreiber; Donald MacDonald, Architects; Gregory Andreas & Judith Rosenberg; Johanna Spilman; TANNERHECHT Architecture; and Group i.
This lecture is funded, in part, by public funds from the Netherlands Consulate General in New York.