“Though somewhat introverted and insecure in my early teens, one thing I knew for sure: I was going to be an architect. The only thing left to do was decide between Delft University of Technology and Eindhoven University of Technology,” says Cederick.
He chose Delft, and earned a bachelor’s degree in architecture followed by a master’s degree in architectural engineering, combining his studies with practical experience as an assistant to Professor Dick van Gameren, professor of housing construction at the university, and graduating with distinction in 2014.
“Professor van Gameren brought out a new book about once every six months, and I was responsible for all the research and illustrations. It was an immensely educational partnership and a great way to earn some extra cash.”
The partnership continued even after he’d left university, ending only when he was hired as an architect by the design and engineering consultancy Arcadis. He was at the company for five years, working on various local and international projects that included everything from an urban planning research assignment for the Department of Public Works to a major metro and train station in Silicon Valley.
Then in 2020, he left to join Paul de Ruiter Architects: “The firm has figured out how to employ technology, circular design and aesthetics in the right combination. This allows it to continue pushing the envelope with respect to innovating for sustainability while simultaneously producing amazing designs.”
Cederick works on projects for their duration, from drawing board to delivery, which suits him to a T.
Cederick: “Working here allows me to be part of a team that puts up buildings which make people happy, buildings in which people move about and interact with the space around them intuitively. This, incidentally, is my objective on every project, and the only way to achieve it is by collaboration, because this is how you get the best ideas. And collaborating with stakeholders means you’re better able to map out everyone’s wants and needs and see how they can be incorporated in the design in a way that is both coherent and likely to contribute to the well-being of the building’s intended users. It’s a privilege to be a part of this.”
Besides working at Paul de Ruiter Architects, Cederick is also a volunteer teacher at the IMC Weekend School in Amsterdam West, where he tutors underserved children in design and takes them on architectural walks, introducing them to a discipline that might otherwise not appear on their radar.
Cederick: “You can make such a difference by doing so little. My aim with these lessons is to broaden the horizons of the kids. And if one of them just so happens to find their calling in architecture, I’ll be forever gratified.”