‘Many of the Details We Use Have Served Us for Decades’

Interview with Peer, Thomas & Pieter Bedaux


  • Pierijn van der Putt TU Delft, Architecture and the Built Environment


In 1938 Jos. Bedaux (1910-1989) founded an architecture firm in Goirle (in the Dutch province of North Brabant), which is still in business under the name Bedaux De Brouwer. Detached houses and villas with a traditional and regional character, mostly in and around Tilburg, form a substantial part of his oeuvre. His later work also features neoclassical and modern elements; Tilburg University’s main building is a good example of the latter.

Two of Jos.’s grandsons, Thomas and Pieter, are now also working at the office as architects, while their father – Jos.’s son Peer – has just retired after a career spanning almost 40 years. Peer Bedaux successfully built on his father’s style, establishing what might be called a ‘product’. In fact, his sons now have an order portfolio that requires them to design ‘Bedaux houses’ as well. In the firm’s meeting room, designed by Jos., Peer, Thomas and Pieter Bedaux talk about the role of the past in the firm’s architectural output.

Author Biography

Pierijn van der Putt, TU Delft, Architecture and the Built Environment

Pierijn van der Putt (Eindhoven, 1973) studied Architecture at Delft University of Technology, the University of Illinois in Chicago and Drexel University in Philadelphia. He worked as an editor for Dutch architectural magazine de Architect for seven years before returning to Delft. There, in addition to being an editor for DASH (Delft Architectural Studies on Housing), he teaches academic research and architectural design for the group of Architecture and Dwelling. His particular interest lies in creative writing and in improving academic writing skills.