Tom van Odijk and David Baars started working together in the summer of 2004. Numerous successful projects followed, whereupon in 2008 the two designers decided to continue their collaboration under the name TomDavid Architecten Whilst inspirationally complementing each other, they worked on unique design projects such as follies and pavilions, temporary and mobile architecture and exhibitions, both in the Netherlands and abroad, including the Rotterdam Pavilion at the World Expo in Shanghai.
TomDavid never ceases in its search for design solutions that match the client's, users' and the environment's requirements to the fullest. To find these solutions the agency deploys various building blocks: architectural 'tools', technical innovation, identity and interaction, a feel for aesthetics and a sense of humour. But good chemistry with the client, the exchange of knowledge and inspiration also contribute to the best end result possible. TomDavid keeps achieving successful projects without making concessions to the concept, whilst adhering to the brief. As such the designers not only continue to grow in their personal development but keep challenging and astounding their clients as well. In addition to which TomDavid continue seeking new challenges.
To retain and hone their skills – but also as idealists – they also develop visions for public urban
spaces at their own initiative.
Current and former staff
Leire Recio Iparraguirre, born in Spain, finished her studies in Architecture and Master Degree in Interior Design in 2009. She has been working in studios in Spain and Italy, where she improved her knowledge in the architectural area. One of her passions is traveling and exploring social and cultural challenges that cities can provide. That is one of the reasons why she landed in Rotterdam, to keep on seeking new undiscovered areas of the architectural field to strengthen her knowledge and work experience.
Alexine Sammut, born on Malta and daughter of a gifted carpenter, completed her architecture degree at the University of Malta in 2008. For three years she then worked with one of the busiest offices in Malta. Whilst roaming throughout Europe, India and the US in her student days, she continued her architecture studies at Iowa State (US). She was often involved in the organisation of lectures, workshops and exhibitions aimed at creating architectural design awareness. Her lifelong interest in architecture and innovative design has fuelled her decision to search for challenging, new experiences and grow professionally. She relocated to Rotterdam in 2011 for its vibrant culture and opportunities in architecture.
Max Fabris graduated in Architecture and Urbanism in 2007 at Fundação Armando Alvares Penteado, São Paulo,Brazil. In the following years he worked in two of the biggest architecture offices in Brazil.During this time he did a two years post graduation architecture program at Universidade Presbiterian Mackenzie, São Paulo, Brazil, graduating from there in 2010. As enthusiast of architecture and always seeking to improve his skills and knowledge in the field he moved to Rotterdam to begin a master program in architecture in 2011.