Wessel de Jonge MSc (1957) graduated from the Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment at the Delft University of Technology in 1985. During his education and as extraordinary researcher at TU Delft and TU Eindhoven he has been dedicated to the survey of early 20th century architecture and the preservation and adaptive re-use of such buildings. He is the co-founder of DOCOMOMO International, a worldwide network of architectural historians, architects and preservation specialists in this field.
As a practicing architect he realised a.o. the restoration of Gerrit Rietveld´s Biennale Pavilion in Venice of 1953-1954, and various schemes for social housing and educational buildings. Wessel de Jonge Architecten has a particular expertise in the field of adaptive re-use of buildings, often in a dynamic urban context, and combined with newly designed structures. The studio has been in charge of the restoration and adaptive re-use of the former Sanatorium Zonnestraal of 1928-31 (with Bierman Henket Architects), the master planning and coordination of the conversion of the Van Nelle Factory in Rotterdam (1928-31) and the former Technical Schools in Groningen (1923), the restoration of the St.Jobs warehouse (1914) ,and the HUF building (1953) in Rotterdam, the conversion of the Social Security Building GAK (1959) into housing for young professionals and the renewal of the 1950s National Aerospace Laboratories NLR in Amsterdam. Last year, the restoration of a former 1956 vocational school in Amsterdam to accommodate the Cygnus Grammar School was awarded the national Golden Phoenix prize. The Van Nelle Factory has been inscribed on the World Heritage List of UNESCO in June 2014. Wessel de Jonge Architects is a partner in various projects in Brussels and Antwerp, and involved with the revitalisation of the 1938 Olympic Stadium in Helsinki.