“In my graduation project, I had dived into care housing and topics as wellbeing and user experience. This means I studied how to make a building suitable for specific users and how to make a user feel at ease and happy within their surroundings. During my studies this was not specifically related to aviation, but it did have a good potential to apply this in the world of aviation too, where passenger experience is one of the main topics of a design.”
“My first day started with examining the whole plan of Schiphol, figuring out what an airport is all about. I needed to get familiar with the airport-specific knowledge. With the help of colleagues, and by working on projects, I extended my knowledge as an architect in the aviation domain soon. A great part of working at NACO is working together with a variety of different teams, each with their own specialism, such as baggage handling and special airport systems. But in the field of aviation there are also a lot of stakeholders and developers that are part of a project. The political part of the work, the search for functional but also flexible and sustainable solutions taking a large number of users into account, is what excites me most.”
“Over the years, I have worked on both smaller and bigger projects. There is room to pick what aligns best with your ambitions and priorities at the time. Even though we always work on airports, there is a lot of variety between the different projects. The bigger projects help to have an overview of all disciplines that come along and that you need to take into account and justify. Smaller projects could be about a new function or a change within an existing airport. These ,most of the time, give you the opportunity to go more into detail of a specific topic (lounges, retail, security filters, passport control). In some projects we design, in others we help the client reviewing and making decisions.”
“It is a lively atmosphere with new aircrafts and new regulations arising over time. Internally, we keep each other on our toes, always learning and sharing knowledge.”
“Our vision is very advanced when it comes to sustainability. With every step, we really want to make things more sustainable. Any positive change on this domain is a step forward – but we do keep each other sharp, greenwashing is not something we want to do. For me as an architect specifically, this is a lot about materialisation, optimising processes, and questioning whether we really need something, and if so, how to make this as flexible and robust at the same time lowering the footprint of a project where possible.”
“We believe that travelling will not cease to exist. But how we coordinate this, is developing in a smarter and more efficient way. The client is also reaching out for us to help them getting a grip on the task of making aviation more sustainable. We do feel the urge and put a lot of energy in it to do the best we can to get there rather sooner than later.”
Then our aviation team is the place to be.