A 01 is a team concept, the anonymity of its name reflects the multitude of actors who stand behind the success of our projects. We accompany our clients in their process of becoming, the optimized group of professionals recruited for each individual task is the foundation for a successful collaboration. We have built up a network of reliable partner organizations worldwide, we enjoy and depend upon this collective intelligence. A 01 employs a series of professionals as diverse as architects, engineers, anthropologists, sociologists, lawyers, agronomists and environmentalists, amongst others. A complete listing of all contributors can be found in the specific project credits. Offering ten years of professional experience, the office was founded in 2005 by Oliver Schütte and Marije van Lidth de Jeude.

Oliver Schütte
*291270 Bonn / Germany

Oliver Schütte graduated as an architect / urbanist in Aachen (Germany). After working with Eisenman Architects and the sculptor Richard Serra in New York (U.S.A.) in 1997 / 1998, he joined Rem Koolhaas / OMAMO for a six year period in Rotterdam (Netherlands). Accomplished projects include the Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe as well as the New Dutch Embassy in Berlin (Germany), which won the Mies van der Rohe Price in 2005. Oliver worked on the McCormick Tribune Campus Center at the Illinois Institute of Chicago (U.S.A.), the House in Bordeaux (France), the Masterplan for the City of Breda (Netherlands) and the Preservation Plan for Beijing (China), amongst others.

In 2005, he founded the multidisciplinary A Company and A Foundation (A 01) together with Dutch anthropologist / economist Marije van Lidth de Jeude, promoting an integrally sustainable urban and rural development.

Oliver is specialized in climate dependent architecture and urban design, he is currently developing projects in Europe and Latin America. His works and writings have been published internationally; he is engaged in numerous academic activities at universities worldwide, including the Ecole des Beaux Arts in Bordeaux (France), the Universidad Nacional de Ingeniería in Managua (Nicaragua), the University of Houston and the New York Institute for Technology (U.S.A.), as well as the Universidad de Costa Rica, Universidad Latina and the Universidad Veritas (Costa Rica). In 2014, Oliver was appointed through the Costa Rican Ministry of Culture as the commissioner and chief curator of the first ever Costa Rican national pavilion at the renowned Architecture Biennale in Venice.

Marije van Lidth de Jeude
*240972 Utrecht / Netherlands
Cultural Anthropologist
Commercial Economist

Marije van Lidth de Jeude earned degrees in Commercial Economy (Bachelor) and Cultural Anthropology (Master) from the University of Utrecht (Netherlands) and worked in various international cooperation agencies such as Oxfam Novib, city links between Nicaragua and the Netherlands as well as the Dutch Ministry of Development Cooperation.

Since 2002, Marije is working in Latin America in the field of project management for social-economic development in urban and rural areas. Her focus is set upon themes like technical, business and financial services for community based organizations and small enterprises; social-economic vulnerability; migration; gender; natural resources; indigenous people. She is experienced in participatory methods, analysis of social-economic contexts and project management (from formulation to implementation and evaluation).

Between 2002 and 2005, she worked for United Nations Organization IFAD (International Fund for Agricultural Development), based in the Regional Unit for Technical Assistance (RUTA) in Costa Rica. After co-founding A Company and A Foundation (A 01) in 2005, she was leading, amongst other projects, the research on urban culture for the Latin American Faculty of Social Sciences (FLACSO) and PRUGAM, an urban planning program of the Costa Rican Government, which was co-financed by the European Union. From 2008 to 2011, she worked as an investigator at the Center for Rural Development (CDR) in Costa Rica, where she continues her involvement as an associate consultant. Marije teaches and lectures regularly at universities, conferences and symposiums.