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Jan Braker Architekt is an office for architecture and urban planning based in Hamburg. We develop solutions for the most diverse typologies. Each of our projects is perceived as a welcome challenge to realize our tailor-made proposals that are being developed in close collaboration with clients and users. For us, users’ participation during the design process and decision-making phases is a crucial factor to create successful schemes based on transparency and passion.

Our completed projects range from the design of the Hanover University of Music and Theatre’s foyer, numerous kindergartens and schools, in addition to housing projects as well as complex reconfigurations of listed buildings in Hamburg. The office can also look back on many years of international experience in the planning and realization of large-scale transport projects, shopping centres, cultural and office buildings during the collaboration with ritchie studio in London (Jan Braker Architekt is a practice member of Ritchie Net). The joy of the development and implementation of concepts for space and material is the driving force for our work, which is accompanied by the examination of cultural questions and collaborations with international planners and institutions. At our office, we work on projects from the conceptual phase through to detailed planning all the way to final completion of the project on site.

Our team is a group of highly motivated and innovative architects from different cultures and backgrounds. We draw on a broad range of expertise and talents while exhibiting an outstanding ability to collaborate and communicate, which, at the same time, create the best environment for creative designs. It’s our goal at Jan Braker Architekt to provide client focused service through our responsible practice and respondent architecture. Our tradition of professionalism, dedication, and unique client-architect relationship is a testament to that goal as we strive-as a team- each day for excellence in bringing our clients’ ideas to life.

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Jan Braker

Dipl.-Ing. Architect, Member of the Hamburg Chamber of Architects, RIBA & ARB in the UK

Jan Braker studied architecture at TU Berlin/Germany, and the Carleton University in Ottawa/Canada. After graduating, he moved to London to work at Ian Ritchie Architects. During his ten-year stay, he had the opportunity to work intensively on the planning and realization of a variety of projects, ranging from a shopping centre with several rapid transit stations in the centre of London, a subway line in Singapore, to a theatre workshop in Plymouth in addition to other typologies. Braker was also responsible for the implementation of the conversion and extension of Ian Ritchie Architects’ office. In 2008 Jan Braker went back to Hamburg and started his own office. Initially in a partnership, then in 2011 he established Jan Braker Architect. Since then, the office handled a variety of projects from the design concept until the realisation on site. In addition to his work as a practicing architect, Braker also held a position as a lecturer at the University of Greenwich, London, from 2007 to 2011, where he conducted a diploma design seminar. In 2011, he was a visitor professor at the Modern Sciences & Arts university (MSA) in Cairo, in which the city centre of Cairo was investigated through a design seminar.

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Dr Bedour Braker

Architect, M.Sc., Ph.D., Member of the Egyptian Syndicate for Architects in Cairo

Dr.Bedour Braker is an Egyptian architect and researcher based in Germany since 2013. Her B.Sc., M.Sc. and Ph.D. in Architecture & Urban Planning were received from Cairo University in the years 2001, 2007 and 2012. Right after her graduation, Braker started her academic career and taught architecture and urban planning for 13 years in two universities (MSA & AUC) in Cairo. In addition to her teaching experience, Dr. Braker arranged many collaborations between a number of Egyptian and European universities, which involved annual students exchange; several visits to different European cities; and teaming-up with local and international experts in order to find possible strategies that would enhance the intricate situation in some chosen areas as pilot case-studies. From 2004 till 2013 she was responsible of establishing a long-term partnership between MSA University in Cairo and University of Greenwich in London. Since she moved to Germany, Dr. Braker has participated in several international conferences, workshops and competitions within Europe and the Middle East. Her publications deal with spatial planning, mainly investigating the modes of privatisation of the public realm in contrast to bottom-up initiatives to reclaim public spaces. In 2013, Bedour Braker joined Jan Braker Architect.

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Petra de Haan

Dipl.-Ing. Bauingenieurin, Member of the Chamber of Architects and Engineers Schleswig-Holstein

Petra de Haan is a German structural engineer. She was awarded her engineering degree from the Technical University of Cottbus in 1993. For 19 years de Haan worked at an architectural office in Sachsen. In over 25 years of professional experience, de Haan has worked on a range of projects including commercial, cultural, housing, educational, and industrial developments. In 2014 she moved to Northern Germany and worked as a technical employee and later director of specialist service management in the field of building and land management in a local authority. After her time working for the authorities de Haan decided to join Jan Braker Architect as a senior member of the team in 2018.

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Nurcan Eren

Dipl.-Ing. Architect, Member of the Hamburg Chamber of Architects

Nurcan Eren was born in Istanbul /Turkey. After moving to Germany, Eren studied architecture at the Fachhochschule-Architecture in Hamburg, graduating in 1992. Following her graduation, Eren worked as a qualified architect for over 28 years with different German offices. Through her years of expertise, she worked on a wide range of projects varying between public and private buildings. In 2020 Eren joined the team at Jan Braker Architect as a senior architect.

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Pharnyada Pakdeepatthapee

Architect, M.Sc.

Pharnyada Pakdeepatthapee was born in Thailand. After her graduation from Silpakorn University, Bangkok/Thailand, Pakdeepatthapee worked as a qualified architect in various architectural practices in Bangkok. In 2015 she decided to expand her horizons within Europe, and moved to Germany to join a Master’s program run by Anhalt University and Bauhaus Dessau Foundation in cooperation with Humboldt University Berlin. Pakdeepatthapee was awarded her degree in 2017, and one year later she moved to Hamburg and joined Jan Braker Architect.

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Vincent Phang

Architect, MA. Arch

Born in Batam/ Indonesia, Vincent Phang’s passion for architecture started really at an early stage of his life. He decided to pursue his passion and became a student of architecture at the UCSI, Kuala Lumpur/Malaysia, graduating in 2016. Phang decided to go to Europe after his graduation, and applied for a Master’s degree in 2018 at Hochschule Wismar, Germany. After being awarded his degree he joined Jan Braker Architect in 2019.

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Natalia Ramirez

Architect, M.Sc.

Natalia Ramirez is a Colombian architect form Bogota. When she finished her studies in 2013 at Pontificia University Javeriana-Bogota, Ramirez worked as a qualified architect and GIS expert at several offices in Colombia. After a number of years of practice, she returned to University in 2017 and pursued her Master’s degree in Urban Planning and revitalisation of historic cities at Brandenburg University of Technology in Germany in collaboration with Cairo & Alexandria Universities. During her thesis she worked on historic districts in Cairo and Alexandria /Egypt. In 2019 Ramirez was awarded her degree, and the following year she joined Jan Braker Architect as an architect.

Former collaborators

David Joesel, Germany

Lovis Winter, Germany

Zoe Ko, South Korea

Rana ElRashidy, Egypt

Agata Malinowska, United Kingdom

Rushabh Gada, India

Rachael Milliner, United Kingdom