We aim for simplicity in essence and form.
Liveliness. Colorful energy. Enjoyable seriousness.
Because gray is not a color.
We create nice places, with nice people, for nice people.
We believe in that!
At VIVA Architecture we use a design philosophy in which the development of our own methodology is more important than a recognizable style. The search for solutions to complex design problems takes precedence over being part of some design school or movement.
At first sight it is a simple mission, but simplicity is a virtue and implies a subtle layering. The architecture of VIVA Architecture is subtractive by omitting all redundancy, modest but determined in every detail, humble but aware of its intrinsic aesthetic power.
VIVA is a young studio from Antwerp, but it has a lot of skills on display. Most of our team members have 10 years of experience or more, a conscious choice.
The team is composed of architects and interior designers, each responsible for their own projects, but also part of the team for other projects. The transfer of knowledge and flexibility of the team are paramount.
Sylvie founded VIVA Architecture in 2012.
After graduating as an architect from Sint-Lucas Brussels with mentor Vincent Van Duysen in 1997, she starts her professional career at Mecanoo Architecten in The Netherlands, where she manages several major projects as a project architect. Four years later, she continues her international career at the London office of Erick van Egeraat Associated Architects. In 2003 she returns to Belgium to join Conix Architects, where she was a partner and shareholder between 2005 and 2012.
On selected occasions Sylvie is a jury member for architectural competitions and public awards. She is an invited critic in several architectural schools, gives lectures about her passion for the profession or gets her ideas on lifestyle and contemporary architecture published. She co-founded and organized 'Nacht van de Architectuur' in 2007 and 2017. From 2011 to 2017 she was president of the Professional Association for Architects (BVA). Currently she is a member of the board at BVA and ICASD (A+) and alternate council member of the International Union of Architects (UIA).