BDP has appointed Björn Bleumink as architect director to lead its Rotterdam studio. With over twenty years of experience at internationally renowned design practices including Mecanoo architecten, KCAP architects and planners and DP6 architectuurstudio, Björn has a long track record of architectural and masterplanning projects across the housing, leisure, education and healthcare sector. Amongst the projects he has worked on are the first earthquake proof educational building constructed in The Netherlands and the masterplan for the housing led regeneration of Abbey Wood and South Thamesmead in London.
Björn said: “I’m delighted to be joining the BDP team at what is a very exciting time for the practice. BDP’s vision for creating well-designed and human centred buildings and neighbourhoods provides a solid context for strong and vibrant communities. I look forward to contributing to that vision as it fits seamlessly into the Dutch architectural and urban design tradition.”
John McManus said: “We are delighted to welcome Björn to BDP. His expertise and successful track record, coupled with his strong collaborative approach, will be a great asset to the practice and contribute enormously to its growth particularly in The Netherlands and across Europe.”
BDP established its Dutch studio in 2008. The studio moved to Rotterdam in 2016 and comprises architects, landscape architects, urban planners and urban designers.