“EU 40 under 40″ ,  “Emerging architect of the year” & “Wallpaper* Architects’ Directory”

During the short existence of the studio,  Julius Taminiau Architects has been firmly established and was recently selected for the (I) Wallpaper* Architects’ Directory, (II) longlisted by Dezeen as “emerging architect of the year” and (III) the European 40 under 40 Design Award.

Our ambition – or actually we believe it’s our obligation – is using environmental & human friendly materials and construction methods and to bring back nature (to the city), improving biodiversity and well-being. We have a holistic design approach with meticulous attention to detail and aim to create a sustainable architecture, combining low tech and high tech solutions to minimise the carbon footprint, without losing sight of aesthetics, making architecture which is healthy, durable, timeless and beloved for many years.


Since the beginning of the Industrial Revolution the world became more complex. Industrialisation, globalisation, digitalisation, commercialisation and so on, are changing and have changed the world completely.

In our designs we always try to filter this complexity (and often consequential contradictions) into the pure and essential. In the end architecture is about the improvement of people’s life and environment, as far as architecture can contribute in this. By means of organisation – materials cut out from nature, formed by the natural elements; light, wind, water and fire – but also beauty. The rational and the emotional.

To give – physical and psychological – shelter for both people and nature and protect from, or deliberately expose to the elements; light, wind, water and fire, a design arises.

Our designs are often related to the analogy between music and architecture. Music is organised sound. Architecture is organised light. Music has – like architecture – structure, proportion and composition. Architecture needs – like music – rhythm, melody and soul.

Next to music, philosophy and art – as an inspiration – are very important in our designs, they are the connectors of culturally influenced ratio and emotion. From these rational and emotional starting points arises a prioritised layering.


In order to deliver the highest quality we believe it’s very important to be involved from the initiation to the completion of a building. This starts with the formation of a highly talented and dedicated “team” (clients, developers, consultants, (sub)contractors, suppliers, manufacturers etc) based on trust. Successful architecture is the condensation of the spirit of people, beauty is the outcome of a unification. We believe trust, communication and complementing each other are the most important factors in a successful design.

“Only a compound can be beautiful, never anything devoid of parts; and only a whole; the several parts will have beauty, not in themselves, but only as working together to give a comely total. Yet a beauty in an aggregate demands beauty in details: it can not be constructed out of ugliness; it’s law must run throughout” Plotinos

Team members : Julius Taminiau, Helena Mokhtar, Veerle Vogels, Jubal Green, Venetia Kollia, Thea Cali, Lee Pinju, Stefani Vozila, Yangwook Kang, Stefan Aldev, Tom Martin, Claire Besset, Paloma Goez, Felix Balling, Gabriela Novuli ( current & former )

Julius Taminiau 

Julius Taminiau, founder of Julius Taminiau Architects (JTA), graduated in 2011 at the Faculty of Architecture at the Technical University of Delft.

After his graduation he worked for DSDHA and Carl Turner Architects in London where he developed his love and expertise for craftsmanship, detailing and social engagement.  During this time Julius gained lots of experience at working on various scales and complex projects in “permanent” and temporary architecture, liaising with (high-profile) commercial and private clients and numerous consultants.

Next to architecture, music plays an important role in his life. It started by playing the violin and later on performing as a deejay/producer next to organizing cutting edge parties, combining music and art. Eventually Julius chose for architecture, however he keeps a deep interest in music and art.

More generally, Julius believes that this multidisciplinary interest results in a rich layered architecture. To look for connections with art, music, philosophy, anthropology, nature and even gastronomy and therefore creating a more connected and deeper architecture.