ATP 4: David Driesen & Tom Verschueren, Mechelen/BE

David Driesen & Tom Verschueren Studio Dann
David Driesen & Tom Verschueren (dmvA)

Tom Verschueren (*1970) studied architecture in Antwerp and undertook a postgraduate study in Urban Planning and Monument Conservation. In 1997 he founded dmvA architects together with David Driesen.

David Driesen (*1968) studied architecture in Brussels and also undertook a postgraduate study in Urban Planning and Monument Conservation in Antwerp, where he met Tom Verschueren. Since 2011 David is teaching Architectural Design at KU Leuven. 

David Driesen and Tom Verschueren mutual passion for architecture led to dmvA, ‘door middel van Architectuur’ (‘by means of Architecture’). A noble goal to provide a critical answer using architecture to respond to social, economic and collective matters. The creative process doesn’t follow a manifesto, but it is expressed through experimenting in architecture: A research on form, material and sustainability… Architecture that always starts with a question, a context and a budget. The work of dmvA can be described as expressive and meticulous, achieving maximalism through minimalism. It also entails dedication to refined details and materiality. By claiming to have no defined style, the entire range of styles is in fact appropriated. This attitude eliminates all conformity restrictions and at the same time makes a statement that timeless architecture doesn’t exist. dmvA focuses on the design process and is always looking for the architectural added value while designing.

dmvA likes to act as scriptwriters: They transform a plan into a scenario, spaces into sequences and buildings into storytellers. They are always looking for a unique solution considering the client’s requests and needs of the location. Over the past 20 years dmvA has built a versatile portfolio: From public buildings to large-scale residential projects to installations & private houses.


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