Ron Bakker

Founding Partner, PLP Architecture

Ron is a Partner at PLP Architecture, which he co-founded with Lee Polisano, David Leventhal and Karen Cook. Ron brings his European sensibilities to projects in the UK, Europe and the Middle East, and takes an Anglo-American enthusiasm back to projects in The Netherlands, his native land.

His recent projects include The Edge, the world’s most sustainable office building developed by OVG Real Estate for Deloitte in Amsterdam; the refurbishment of a 1960s building in Westminster on behalf of Derwent London providing additional bespoke spaces for Burberry; a new high end office development in Mayfair for Grosvenor, which is integrated with the infrastructure of a new Crossrail station serving the high-speed east-west link across London; a residential-led regeneration scheme for a large brownfield site in Berkshire for Legal & General; a mixed-use project in Kuwait City, and a residential project in Kolkata, India.

Ron has a particular interest in the architectural techniques that influence the qualities of gathering places in our cities and buildings; and an excitement about the role of new technologies in the built environment. He speaks regularly at universities in Europe and abroad, at various forums on real estate, urban development and digital technology in architecture, including at TEDx.

Ron studied under the tutorship of Aldo van Eyck, Herman Hertzberger, Niels Prak and Joop van Stigt at Delft University of Technology. He is a registered architect with the Stichting Bureau Architectenregister in the Netherlands; the American Institute of Architects’ New York Chapter in the USA and the Architects Registration Board ARB in the UK.