Born in Adorp, Netherland. He graduated in Architecture at the University of Eindhoven (NL)- degree in building engineering and architecture – specialization “Architectural theory and history” – Master of science in Architecture.
From 1997 to 2001 he worked at Venhoeven CS architects on the design and realization of the Jan Schaefer bridge in Amsterdam. From 2001 to 2005 he was in partnership with Joachim Karelse. In their office Karelse Aptroot architects, they worked on numerous small projects for private clients and developers and made name worldwide with the wooden Twin House. From 2004 he is senior architect, associate of One Architecture. Currently he is working on sustainable urban renewal in 1950-60’s neighborhoods; strategies for reviving outdated industrial sites; health care facilities. He is also a member of the committee van Welstand en Monumenten (committee of architectural quality and monuments) of Amsterdam.
Main Projects: Jozef Deventer, urban plan for 200 units and mixed program in a 6 ha site, 2008-2014; Hackable Metropolis Buiksloterham, development of Smart Cities tools and implementations for the urban redevelopment of the mixed use area Buiksloterham in Amsterdam, 2013-2015; Gouda Oost, urban renewal of a 5.000 inhabitants neighborhood, 2008; Jozef elderly home, transformation and extension of a listed hospital into an elderly home, day care center, restaurant and health care facilities; ELTA, near-zero-energy apartment building in Amsterdam.