Marieke Sijm


Marieke graduated from Eindhoven University of Technology with a master’s degrees in architectural engineering and building technology and a bachelor’s certificate in technology for sustainable development.

“I always knew that I was going to do something involving design. My double master’s degree allowed me to combine the creativity involved in designing with the rigour demanded by the rules of technical feasibility. My view is that the two are inextricably linked, and that their combination yields interesting, coherent and realisable designs. I really love the challenge of turning initial sketches into concrete reality.”

Marieke joined Paul de Ruiter Architects immediately upon graduation, following an earlier internship at the company. She is involved in the entire process of a commission, from schematic designs to detailed matters of construction.

“We took a BIM approach on projects such as the Arison Maritime Centre, the Breda Courthouse and the Unilever Global Foods & Innovation Centre, which allowed me to work in close collaboration with the construction teams. The method allows you to develop a clear understanding of the feasibility and unique requirements of a building at an early stage, and to witness the different disciplines dovetailing through the life of a project. It also allows you to spot potential problems and opportunities so you can act on them quickly. The outcome is buildings that are perfectly suited to their users.”

Paul de Ruiter Architects’ sustainability DNA corresponds with Marieke's personal philosophy regarding architecture and the world.

“I try to live as sustainably as possible. Which is why I think it’s absolutely wonderful that our goal here is to create beautiful, sustainable and inclusive environments for others.”