Johan de Wachter
Johan de Wachter

Johan de Wachter

Architect from Rotterdam, Netherlands
In 2005 he founded JDWA and in 2011 he teamed up with Rik De Vooght to establish 2DVW Architects in Antwerp.

“If I had to characterize my work, than the common thread is the approach taken from context and technique. I did not look for this on purpose, but looking back, that is the unifying factor. I build for the place and the users.” As far as he is concerned, he believes that an architect must never be vain. Knowledge and experiences from the residents are always superior to the architect’s ego. No wonder he views architecture as a service. What matters most is the interaction with the users to find what is needed and from that point forward start the design. Combining this dialogue together with beautiful architecture, that is the essence of the profession.
-Published in Architecture NL 06/2013. Text by Peter de Winter-