About us

VOA is an architectural firm that strives to build recognizable living environments that fit like a glove, in which the user can adapt their home over time to their changing wishes. We innovate through the smart use of existing architectural resources. Architecture is our tool to make (unexpected) connections with which the maximum achievable plan can be realized.

Van Ommeren Architects works from Amsterdam. We are a small and dynamic team that can easily scale its production when needed. Partnerships and collaborations are our core. Joeri has drawn experience from working for Santiago Calatrava, we regularly team up with Cie. and Thijs Asselbergs and contribute to the Open Building Platform.

"I believe that recognizable living environments that fit like a glove, make people care about a place. What I enjoy most, is creating living environments people feel a part of, preferably in close connection with nature."

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Joeri van Ommeren, founding architect

We have had pleasant experiences with Joeri van Ommeren in the past. He is a talented young architect, capable of designing larger buildings, like De Scheepmaker. He has an ability to create appealing liveable dwelling plans.

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Ernest van der Meijde (Wibaut) and Jan Jaap van Kampen (AIVM)

How we work

With our Amsterdam-based team of allround architects and engineers, we design recognizable living environments. We believe that our collective way of working is what makes our project stand out when realized. 

Using new technologies, we make design choices that challenge the industry and enable innovation. We are in the know of technical possibilities, speak the developer’s language and feel at home on the construction site. Our realistic approach has allowed us to build a large number of residential buildings in our first five years. Within budget and on time: that is our craftsmanship and our skill.

More conditions means wealth

With our Program of Wishes we pursue more requirements/preconditions than the initial commission beholds. In our opinion, this leads to easier-to-build and better architecture for the user, the neighborhood and the client. When we set all interests involved in motion, a solution arises that meet everyone’s desires. We will continue until we find that one answer to a hundred questions.

Tailored modular building

We see tailored standardized construction/modular building as the solution of the future. That we learned during the last building crisis. Serial-produced housing projects that consist of homes, that fit like a glove will retain their usability. With our architecture, be it villa or housing block, we really want to add value, instead of building what currently works. Diversity in housing typology means architectural richness with lasting value.

Facilitate customization

It’s our drive to create a bond between building and user, to get people involved. Recognizability and identity lead to care and engagement. In our designs we include triggers that allow the user to customize and adapt their living environment to their changing needs. We call this Design for Affinity. We have developed a generic toolbox to make specific places. This allows us to achieve maximum quality even with mass-produced houses and within existing architectural techniques.


  • 1828 Groep
  • AIVM
  • Alan Turingschool
  • Amstede Asko scholen
  • BPD
  • De Nijs projectontwikkeling
  • Dorpscentrum Spaarndam
  • DRC Vastgoed
  • DHG
  • ERA Contour
  • EVAST vastgoedontwikkeling
  • Equilis Nederland
  • Friska BV
  • Gemeente Haarlem
  • Gemeente Spaarnwoude-Haarlemmerliede
  • Gemeente Venlo
  • Haarlem-Mutare Citylink
  • Hallvard projectontwikkeling
  • Minerva Vastgoed
  • MN
  • MOK international center for storytelling
  • Municipality of Hradeç Kralove
  • Nauwelaerts de Agé
  • Pieter van Foreest
  • Portaal
  • Pluis Participatiegroep
  • Scholz Groep
  • Spoorweg Pensioen Fonds (SPF)
  • Stadsschouwburg Amsterdam
  • Stevaco vastgoed
  • Talis
  • Tender Construct
  • Van Geldorp BV
  • Vastbouw projectontwikkeling
  • Woningbouwcorporatie Talis
  • Werkplaats Spoorzone Delft
  • Wibaut projectontwikkeling
  • Woonzorg Nederland


At this moment we do not have any job openings. 



Associate architect Tsveta Ruseva about working at VO-A: “My main attraction was the ambitious and unpretentious, non-hierarchical nature of the office. The size of the studio does not limit VO-A from taking on large, complex projects. I’m responsible for many facets and phases of a project, with continuous support, and feedback, from the team. We are a self-reflective office; identifying and bringing your architectural interests forward is a strength of our office. We are a close, compassionate, team that maintains a healthy work-life balance.”

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Tsveta Ruseva, associate architect