BETA is an award winning office for architecture, research and urban design.
It is our goal to make a contribution through socially inclusive and sustainable architecture.
BETA was founded in 2015 in Amsterdam by partners Evert Klinkenberg and Auguste van Oppen. Prior to establishing their practice in Amsterdam, they enjoyed extensive professional experience both at home and abroad. In its brief existence the office has won several prizes, ranging from Europan to the Gulden Feniks and more recently the Amsterdam Architecture Prize.
BETA is engaged in architecture and research into the contemporary city. The office uses an investigative approach to work on an architecture which puts people first. Themes such as integrated living, community participation and inclusivity form the leitmotif in their work.
BETA is centered around the idea that methodical approach is the precondition to good architecture. We approach problems without preconceptions and we nurture a process of natural selection while seeking solutions. Methodical investigation allows us to uncover, communicate and enhance the spectrum of architectural possibilities. After all, it is our daily business to assist our stakeholders in their decision-making process.
At BETA we believe in an architecture which is responsive to constraints, driven by ambition and sensitive to context. The architectural results are therefore as diverse as the problems we’re presented with: occasionally radical, otherwise predictable but always surprising in their logic.
MSc. Arch. ETH
Evert Klinkenberg lived and worked in Switzerland for 10 years. After graduating from ETH Zurich in 2008 he was design architect at Herzog & De Meuron and worked on projects such as Stade de Bordeaux and the new headquarters of Roche in Basel. From 2012 to 2014 he taught design studios at ETH Zürich and TU Delft before co-founding BETA in 2015.
Auguste van Oppen
MSc. Arch. TUD
Auguste van Oppen grew up in The Netherlands, the United States and Japan. He studied architecture at the TU Delft, where he graduated with honors in 2006. In 2008 he was awarded first prize in the Europan 9 competition for architects under 40 years of age. Between 2008 and 2015 he was partner at O+A, after which he co-founded BETA in 2015.
Team since 2015:
Stijn Giesbers, Anne Wies, Nicola Zedda, Tifawt Loudaoui, João Baptista Lopes, Stijn Dries, Nikola Kumstátová, Thomas Ponds, Marleen de Groot, Tommaso Asso, Ryan Dougan, Henry Holmes, Eldrich Piqué, Jaro Cools, Lorenzo Demontis, Mathijs Boersma, Marcello Soeleman
Amsterdam Realty Partners
Rhebergen Multihull Yachts
Stichting Kinetisch Noord
Stichting Samenwonen Samenleven
Stichting Treehouse NDSM
Stichting IJ Producties
Creative Industries Fund
City of Amsterdam
Europan 9 (prize)
The work of BETA is regularly published in international media, both on- and offline.