Our designs can potentially be buildings or city parts. But also gardens or parks, a small detail or piece of furniture. Our scope has no scale. All our design are high quality, unique, customized and craftmenship. We often encourage builders and craftsmen to do the extra step. We consider the involvement and efforts of our clients as most important.  We aim to be fully understand our client needs and demands. How can we do better or more efficient we often ask ourselves.   

A good design is characterized by its balance between technique, functionality, costs and esthetics. The results can be designs which are absorbed by their surroundings or just even more strongly the opposite. We want to make designs which can be considered as affective and a clear answer to the questioned program of design and in the meanwhile highly flexible. In the process of design the architect has two important roles: on one hand he is unpretentious and on the other he acts decisive if needed. Always with knowledge.     

Our approach is with passion, personal and in the meanwhile sober and respectful. The combination of inventiveness, technique and creativity is our force. Our design solutions are often unconventional. But always based on an ecological and sustainable way of thinking. The organization is flexible and efficient. A customer-oriented way of working combined with a strong functionality is our base.


We guide our clients intensively throughout the whole process. We are experienced in managing the process not only from the design table but even intensively on site. Which we very much consider at least as important as a well thought design. We are very much used to discuss our plans in all stages with developers, boards and local authorities.  We recognize key moments with corresponding actions during the whole process, which can be determinative in achieving excellent results and outstanding quality.

We developed methods of design for private commissioners and both our professional clients. Our procedures are rougly based on three important starting points.


Our first goal is to define and budget the clients questions and dreams.


The outcome of this is anchored in a document in which all project expenses are clearly estimated


When this is agreed we start the design process with an intensive research by design step, to specify all matters that can possibly of any influence. During this process we always try to be creative and diverse in design, detail and materials. We highly aim to combine esthetics and technology and never loose sight of the feasibility and costs. 


In 2002 Marc van Driest graduated at the Faculty of Architecture, University of Technology in Delft. He acquired a Master degree in both Architecture and Building and Technology. After his study he started working for Fokkema Architecten. As assistant designer he was responsible for projects like KPMG, BDO Camps Obers and Unilever headquarters.

In 2003 Marc continued his career working for VVKH Architecten. As an architect he was responsible for project The Wall in Utrecht ( from the very start. In the years following he grew into the role of managing architect for this particular project and others. As second man in command he was responsible for the daily management, the design process and all other activities around. Marc worked on several projects as a master plan for housing, a shopping center and some master plans for large retail developments malls.


Our projects and scopes are diverse. We maintain design activities in housing, renovation, retail, hotel, congress and offices. We are experienced in all scales and complexities of the design. We have particularly strong bounds and professionally developed working methods in the field of private commissioning. Our tasks are clearly organized for clients and they are related to the latest standards (STB2014 & DNR2011).

MARC architects works in a multidisciplinary network of professionals in design, visualization, building cost expertise, constructing and building physics. We intensified working together over the past years which resulted in a sustainable cooperation nowadays. We consider the exchange of knowledge and innovations very valuable. Our procedures are open and dynamical. We not only focus on design and techniques but highly aim to guide processes along proper management lines.

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