Paul de Ley


On 24 May, an architecture monograph on Paul de Ley and his work was presented at ARCAM. The publication by the BONAS Foundation has been compiled and written by the architectural historian Tonny Claassen. Following the presentation, a small exhibition about the work of the architect has been opened in the lower exhibition space at ARCAM. De Ley (1943) studied at Utrecht College of Technology and at the Academy of Architecture in Amsterdam. After graduating in 1972, he worked at various architectural offices, including that of Aldo van Eyck and Theo Bosch, and he developed into a socially engaged architect. Since the seventies, De Ley has devoted himself to the preservation and renewal of neighbourhoods in Amsterdam threatened with demolition. Characteristic of his work is the careful urban insertion and the attention to context and public space. Projects by De Ley in Amsterdam include: housing on Bickerseiland (in collaboration with Jouke van den Bout, 1977), a housing complex with socio-cultural space in Binnengasthuisterrein (1985) and housing with commercial units on Zwanenburgwal (in collaboration with Fenna Oorthuys, 1985).