Public Figure Profiles

Jaap Bakema

Jacob Berend "Jaap" Bakema (8 March 1914 – 20 February 1981) was a Dutch modernist architect, notable for design of public housing and involvement in the reconstruction of Rotterdam after the Second World War.

Born in Groningen, Bakema studied at the Groningen Higher Technical College (1931–1936) and the Academy of Architecture in Amsterdam, where he studied among others with Mart Stam. In 1946 he began attending meetings of the Congrès International d'Architecture Moderne, became its Secretary in 1955, and was a core member of its offshoot Team 10.

From 1948 onward, Bakema worked with Jo van den Broek in the architectural firm Van den Broek and Bakema. They collaborated to design landmarks and neighborhoods in Rotterdam and around the Netherlands, and participated in the 1957 Interbau project in Berlin.

In 1964 Bakema became a professor at Delft University of Technology, and in 1965 became a professor at Staatliche Hochschule in Hamburg.

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Some of their strengths

Jaap Bakema has many admirable traits.

Based on spiritual traditions from around the world, they are someone who can be described as Intense, Generous, Imaginative, Compassionate, Caring, Sophisticated, and Organized.

Soulful and Understanding

According to Mysticism’s Astrology tradition, Jaap Bakema is someone who is a soulful, understanding, and conscious person, who combines smarts with a deep talent for creativity and imagination. A person who is known for being a good partner.

Soulful and Intuitive

Based on Daoism’s Ba-Zi or ‘Chinese Zodiac’ tradition, people who know Jaap Bakema well know them as someone who can be graceful, romantic, and reserved, like gentle rain.

Independent and Organized

According to Hinduism’s Jyotisha or ‘Vedic Astrology’ tradition, many would also describe Jaap Bakema as someone who is independent, organized, inventive, and generous.

A person who is curious and a loves learning, who seems to always know what to say, who has an optimism that can overcome any difficult situation, and who seems to be able to master almost any skill.

Inquisitive and Progressive

Based on the Mayan Tzolk’in or ‘Mayan Astrology’ tradition, Jaap Bakema is someone who is an eternal student who is always interested in learning new things, and who has a desire to shake things up and change things.

They are also someone who is patient, assertive, and who is a natural leader that likes to help others in need.

Creative and Imaginative

According to Judaism’s Kabbalah tradition, Jaap Bakema tends to be someone who is sensitive, imaginative, creative, and somewhat of a dreamer. Who is intuitive and compassionate, and who has a friendly, easygoing, calming and relaxing effect on people and for whom friends and family mean the world.

Some of Jaap Bakema's challenges

While Jaap Bakema has many strengths, nobody is perfect. They also have some challenging traits they need to manage.

For example, Jaap Bakema can be Emotional, Impatient, Indecisive, Unrealistic, Standoffish, Difficult, and Perfectionist.

Indecisive and Unrealistic

One of Jaap Bakema's key challenges is that they are someone who can come across as indecisive and unrealistic.

Jaap Bakema must also exercise caution as they can have difficulty dealing with responsibility, authority, or criticism.

Domineering and Impatient

Jaap Bakema is someone who can be demanding, egotistical, and controlling, can have a lack of judgment regarding personal finances, be argumentative and stubborn, and who can have a tendency to be withdrawn and spend time in self-imposed isolation.

Lethargic and Unrealistic

Finally, Jaap Bakema also can be too soft, lazy and lethargic, and who can have difficulty finding others who share a similarly dreamy outlook on life.

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