about

 
 

Creative direction
Strategy & Experience design
Talent development

 
 
 
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This is BOUW is a civic design consultancy founded in 2014 by Eléonore Delisse and Laura Ferriere (b. 1988-87 - France) while graduating Cum Laude from the Design Academy Eindhoven. In 2009, after separate studies in the design schools of Paris, the two designers migrated to the Netherlands, to specialise in a new and holistic approach to design.

The duo first teamed up to create The White Building: a design program and space for the reinsertion of multi-recidivist inmates in society, which they proposed to the Dutch penitentiary authorities and led in prison while finishing their studies in the Netherlands. This multi-awarded project became the stepping stone of their career when the ministry of Justice hired This is BOUW for another year of collaboration.

After a book release, several projects for inclusion, and assignments from various european organisations, the duo chose to start its next large project in a vibrant city on the rise: Rotterdam. The Commune opened its doors in March 2017 to become the city's international incubator for starting creative entrepreneurs. There, This is BOUW offers the ideal space and system for the daily activities of young design talents, teaches 8 trainings for them to become successful entrepreneurs, and hosts its own Award for design graduates.

This is BOUW designed a set of services offering its experience and unique method to organisations in need of a creative input and strategies. Started in the Netherlands, This is BOUW is now developing internationally in the English and French languages.

 
 
 

Board


 
 

This is BOUW formed a board of experts from public, corporate, creative and educative sectors who meet to assess the company’s evolution and advise its founders. With an incubator of young design talents, an international network of creative collaborators and mentors in key sectors, This is BOUW gathers both insight and foresight to develop a leading design vision.

 
 
 
Gianluca Bellan  Innovation program manager - TNW

Gianluca Bellan
Innovation program manager - TNW

Gijs Custers  Sociology PhD candidate - Erasmus University

Gijs Custers
Sociology PhD candidate - Erasmus University

Jan Melis  Designer & design teacher

Jan Melis
Designer & design teacher

Jorrit van Dijck  Business manager - Rotterdam Partners

Jorrit van Dijck
Business manager - Rotterdam Partners

Marieke van der Poel  Trend forecaster & founder - Proef

Marieke van der Poel
Trend forecaster & founder - Proef

 
 
 
Maxime François  Manager - A.T. Kearney

Maxime François
Manager - A.T. Kearney

Renée Marcelis  Chairwoman - R’damse Nieuwe

Renée Marcelis
Chairwoman - R’damse Nieuwe

Wouter Kersten  Project leader - Platform31

Wouter Kersten
Project leader - Platform31