JoustraReid architects is a limited company, established In 1998 following a number of successful competition entries. The firm has two partners, Nynke Joustra and Stephen Reid. We are a motivated and professional team with a capacity of nine architects, interior architects and technicians. The office is located on the Keizersgracht in the heart of Amsterdam.
A truly sustainable project must provide an impulse to its surroundings. Sustainability is determined by practical aspects, such as low energy solutions and flexibility of design. But of equal importance is that a building resonates with its surroundings. A project must enter into a dialogue with its cultural and historical context. By seeking the essence of a place and combining this in a design strategy with contemporary technological possibilities we aim to create buildings which are both contemporary and timeless.
The office works on many scales, from urban planning to architectural detailing. The urban plans incorporate flexibility of program to ensure continued vitality and where possible communal sustainable energy concepts. Our architecture combines traditional building methods and natural materials with modern techniques to create details which are durable and above all beautiful, giving the building a patina which improves with time.
A building should be pleasurable to use and compliment its surroundings. To achieve this it must be architecturally, functionally, logistically and culturally suited to its purpose and situation. We take an active role in initiating critical and constructive dialogue between architect, client, user, consultants and contractors.
Our prime concern throughout the whole building process, from brief definition to completion, is that the available resources be utilized to achieve a project of the highest possible quality.
The projects of the office are diverse and include cultural buildings, single dwellings, new housing developments, urban planning and landscape designs. Clients include government bodies, housing associations, developers and private clients.
Nynke Joustra studied architecture at Delft University and the Berlage Institute postgraduate architecture school. She subsequently worked as project architect in the Netherlands for Herman Hertzberger, Wiel Arets and Frits van Dongen. Realized work during this period included urban planning, cultural and housing projects.
Stephen Reid studied at the Mackintosh School of Architecture in Glasgow and at Manchester Polytechnic. Following his studies he moved to the Netherlands where he worked as project architect for Lafour and Wijk architects. Stephen Reid is a member of the planning committee for Amsterdam (Commissie voor Welstand en Monumenten Amsterdam).