“One of the most promising practices of the world” & “Emerging architect of the year”

During the short existence of the studio,  Julius Taminiau Architects has been firmly established and was recently selected by Wallpaper* as “one of the most promising practices of the world” and longlisted by Dezeen as “emerging architect of the year”.


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 ( 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.


We have developed a simple and effective manifest to live by in the studio: “love” and “respect” (I) yourself, (II) others,  (III) art and (IV) nature.

(I) Love and respect yourself: a healthy work life balance, staying healthy physically and mentally, taking the time for sports, relaxation, meditation, inspiration and reflection, but also diligent work.

(II) Love and respect others: we always search for diverse, social, kind and respectful people (clearly stated in our vacancies). Our studio is diverse, our goal is to be open and to get inspired by what each of us has to contribute. Whether it be the interesting conversations of all the different cultures, backgrounds and interests or our little ‘ritual’ of bringing your favorite food and drinks to share. Seeing and experiencing things from different perspectives makes for better and sometimes surprising ideas and solutions.

We also search for social and respectful collaborations. We recently worked on developing 2 small schools in Harare, Zimbabwe for Sprout Coding on a pro bono basis. Sprout Coding is an initiative to learn coding to young adults and empower the next generation of underprivileged students. We are happy to have been able to contribute to this beautiful initiative.

(III) Love and respect art: We seek for analogies and inspiration in art and use it in our projects to make our projects more meaningful and connected. Craftsmanship is part of making art – something we put emphasis on.

(IV) Love and respect nature: Nature is an important source for inspiration for our designs. Nature (sunlight, greenery, skies) is always part of our design, encouraging users to become more aware of it, thus hopefully treating nature (more) respectfully.

We believe that the outcome of the unification of our manifest results in “beautiful designs”. We try to touch people by emphasizing certain universal values of which people can resonate and get inspired. This, to us, is one of the important and powerful things of art; to inspire (and animate) people.