Our Philosophy

"Architecture has to embrace your identity and let it flourish."

“For us the unique soul of each of our projects is realized by sensibly balancing our three core values; Analytic Imagination, Innovative Craftsmanship and Adaptable Sustainability.”


How we analyse an assignment to arrive at its essence gives us the ability to go beyond standard solutions. Our courage to dream, and to see apparent boundaries and limits as a hotbed for endless possibilities, can turn the pragmatic into the poetic. This results in a process that brings something new into being, exposes hidden treasures, and surprises all involved.


We have an intrinsic interest in innovative craftsmanship. We get excited when we elevate the quality of a building with custom-designed elements, and when we reinvent craftsmanship by fully applying the technical novelties of our time. This results in a refined material and technical aesthetic. We are experienced in uniting the scale of the building as a whole, with the scale of the smallest aesthetic and technical detail*.


We have a strong fascination with the contemporary city as a rapidly developing and changing entity; we believe a smart and durable approach to architecture plays an important role in this evolution. On one hand, a building should embody durability through timeless aesthetics, and a first-rate technical and socio-cultural quality. On the other hand, a building should be able to withstand or adapt itself to the continuously changing demands of time.

We are an architecture design studio based in Amsterdam. Our portfolio is broad, yet encompasses the specific expertise needed to design and realise unique projects for both professional and high-end private clients, spanning all manner of scale, need, and context.

* fraaiheid

In 2012 we founded design label Fraaiheid (together with Sjoerd Schaapveld) as a platform for designing, developing, and selling our own products and furniture worldwide. Not only a successful design label, Fraaiheid is an important platform and showcase where we experiment and explore craftsmanship, materials, products, details, and production techniques as part of our architectural work.

Bureau Fraai

Meet Our Creative Team

Rikjan Scholten

Rikjan Scholten

architect/ co-founder
Rikjan is co-founder of Bureau Fraai, and chairman of Club A 'BNA netwerk Amsterdam'. He conducted his Master’s research at Pratt Institute in Brooklyn NY and received his Master’s Degree from the Faculty of Architecture at Delft Technical University. From 2005-2014 he worked at renowned Dutch firms such as UN Studio, Architectenbureau Marlies Rohmer and Personal Architecture, alongside taking on projects for private clients. He assisted the municipality of Eindhoven in the implementation of ‘Het Nieuwe Werken’ in their organisation, and he co-developed their tender procedure towards sustainable municipal buildings.

Daniel Aw

Daniel Aw

architect/ co-founder
Daniel is co-founder of Bureau Fraai. He completed his Master’s Degree at the Amsterdam Academy of Architecture and earned his degree in Building Science and Constructional Engineering at the Tilburg Avans University of Applied Sciences. From 2006-2014 he worked for renowned firms in and outside the Netherlands such as Studioninedots, Claus & Kaan Architecten and Ministry of Design (Singapore) where he built up an extensive experience in educational, housing and public projects.


We work on our projects together with dedicated people with different backgrounds. Both national and international, from product designers, (interior-/landscape-) architects to urbanists. Current and former team members are:
Livia Tanasa, Max Mehl, Frederieke Hakman, Joost Körver, Henrik-Jan Haarink, Liana Arpinte, Margarita Vogatzi