Peter Defesche is active as an architect, urban designer, teacher and researcher. He also regularly sits on juries and committees. Educated at Delft University of Technology, Defesche worked since 1987 at OD205, an office founded in 1938 under a different name. In 1998 he became a director/owner of the firm, which was renamed OD205 architectuur bv. As director he oversaw major projects for such clients as the University of Twente, the National Library of the Netherlands, the City of Amsterdam and the Amsterdam Medical Centre. Defesche has completed large urban design schemes such as Westerdokseiland and Grote Rieteiland (IJburg) in Amsterdam and a number of signature housing schemes.
Jef van den Putte has worked in recent years on a wide range of commissions, many of which concern housing, university buildings and offices. In addition, he has a wealth of experience altering, extending, renovating and redeveloping buildings. A good example is his renovation of the university library at the Erasmus University Rotterdam, currently on site. In his 2015 study Living Without Care(s), he explored various scenarios for the future of nursing homes.
Van den Putte graduated as an architect in 1997 from Delft University of Technology. From 2007 to 2016 he ran his own office jefvandenputte architectuur. Prior to that he worked for OD205 architectuur bv.
With the aim of continuing to innovate and of strengthening their practice, Peter Defesche and Jef van den Putte decided in 2016 to join forces and establish the office Defesche Van den Putte Architecture and Urbanism.