Robert Mechielsen Director of Creative Housing Development
Robert Mechielsen, a native of Holland, is the founder of Studio RMA which he started in 1985. Studio RMA is a full service sustainable design studio that offers architectural, eco-enginnering and site development concepts in one comprehensive vision. Robert has a fast, powerful, well-managed visionary imagination. He can focus on a complex set of issues and process them to create effective, imaginative and innovative solutions.
Robert studied Art, Structural Engineering and Architecture at a leading university in Europe. Robert can sculpt the human body, hand draw in perspective any vision he has, is fluent in 3-D Digital Modeling and can speak construction/engineering language in Dutch, German, French and English. He also understands Spanish, Italian and Portuguese.
Robert has the ability to deal with complex calculus and engineering issues, as well as to create powerful freehand perspective drawings that illustrate how such engineering solutions affect the aesthetic value and life enjoyment of the proposed design. His design and engineering concepts are based on the understanding and application of natural laws resulting in a powerful integration of form and structure. And now, with the emergence of ecological issues in the global social consciousness, Robert’s integrative methods have evolved into an applied science approach called Eco Engineering*.
This has led Robert into developing eco-engineering content. He is involved in creating Action Plans that are commodities which attract Public and Private investments. Such as sustainable and dramatic cost saving energy supply designs for the $1B+ Royal Islands Resort in the Bahamas; development of intellectual property on composite concrete building systems; application of folding plate technology in large span building and civil applications. All these actionable concepts become desirable investment commodities.
Robert’s design experience spans the globe, including Europe, Brazil, the Pacific, and the US. Projects as diverse as renovations to the famous Amsterdam Opera House, design for the Bowers Museum in California, MassMoca in Massachusetts, the Ice Hotel in Sweden, as well as numerous restaurants, shopping malls, spas, and, of course, private residences. A number of Robert’s current under construction eco-home designs will achieve LEED Platinum rating.
Robert is a popular keynote speaker and lecturer on Green Architecture. He’s been featured on CBS TV and Radio and currently on GreenTech.FM.