Studio BLAD is founded by Fiona Kydd and Frank Van Zuilekom. Their different nationalities and training highlights their unique combination of skills.
Kydd, brought up within the wild highlands of Scotland and an honours graduate of The College of Art in Edinburgh, has an innate understanding of nature as the dominating force and approaches design through an understanding of landscape processes, which although not always visible, are a starting point for a poetic and holistic approach.
Van Zuilekom born and raised in the Netherlands, a country that has moulded nature to its own needs and a graduate of Academy of Architecture Amsterdam, uses a methodical and analytical approach, investigating the underlying landscape to create solutions that can be moulded to purpose.
Both had worked extensively on international projects but shared a vision of a practice where they could dedicate time to research in the early stages of projects, develop knowledge on materialisation and techniques, and remain involved in projects from concept to creation. BLAD was born in 2015 and is working for municipalities, developers, universities and collaborating with different disciplines.