JDS stands for Julien De Smedt, a young (35) Belgian architect who founded his Copenhagen based architecture firm in 2006. Today JDS has multidisciplinary offices in Brussels and Oslo that works with architecture, urban planning and even event design.
After attending schools in Brussels, Paris, Los Angeles and London, Julien De Smedt received a diploma with commendation from the Bartlett School of Architecture in London in 2000. He then went to Rotterdam to work for OMA and Rem Koolhaas.
In 2001 he went to Copenhagen to set up the architectural practice PLOT together with OMA colleague Bjarke Ingels. The company fast achieved success and received national and international recognition for their inventive designs. This included several commissions and competition wins as well as a Golden Lion at the Venice Biennale of Architecture. Their first major project to be realized was the award-winning VM Houses in Ørestad, Copenhagen in 2005. In spite of the success and attention, PLOT was disbanded in January 2006 and Julien De Smedt founded Julien De Smedt Architects.
In 2007 JDS won their first major project when they won the international competition for the New Holmenkollen Ski Jump in Oslo, one of the city's major landmarks. Other major competition wins include a residential project in the old docklands of Århus, Denmark, and a Harbor development project in Copenhagen.
From the beginning of 2008, JDS started an office in Brussels. Several Belgian-based projects were proposed such as the iconic glass “BE” towers for Brussels city centre or the redevelopment of the Brussels European quarter. Sadly enough these projects have not reached the competitions’ finish line but we are sure that one day a JDS design will mark the Brussels’ skyline.