Wiel Arets, Dutch architect born in Heerlen in 1955, graduated from the Technische Universiteit Eindhoven in 1983. In 1984, he established Wiel Arets Architect & Associates in Heerlen, the office moves to Maastricht a few years later.
He has held many academic positions: between 1986 and 1989, he taught at the Academies of Architecture in Amsterdam and Rotterdam between 1988 and 1992 at the Architectural Association in London, and between 1991 and 1994 as a professor invited to Columbia University and Cooper Union in New York, the Berlage Institute in Amsterdam, the Hochschule für Angewandte Kunst in Vienna and at the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts in Copenhagen.
From 1995 to 2002 he was the dean of the Berlage Institute in Rotterdam, he currently holds the position of President of the Technical University of Delft, where he directs the program of the Berlage Institute. Among the main works include the Academy of Arts and Architecture in Maastricht (1990-1993), and the seat of AZL Pension Fund in Heerlen (1990-1995).
Bettina Kraus, born in 1970 in Nuremberg, is a new partner of Wiel Arets Architect & Associates since 2000. After training at the ETH Zurich and HDK in Berlin, she graduated in architecture at the Technische Universitat Stuttgart in 1996.