Esmeralda Bierma, a Dutch architect, operates in diverse realms encompassing architecture, landscape, and interior design.
She completed her studies at the Faculty of Architecture, TU Delft in 2018. Her graduation project shed light on her initial fascination with integrating landscapes into architectural approaches, specifically exploring the significance and reevaluation of unfinished landscapes within urban settings, with Rotterdam as a case study. Bierma consistently emphasizes the importance of natural landscapes and biodiversity in her designs. She perceives architecture as not existing in isolation, but rather in constant interaction with the surrounding natural environment.
In 2019, Esmeralda Bierma moved to Belgium for a three-year period to gain architectural experience at Bovenbouw (Antwerp) and NU Architectuur atelier (Gent).
At Bovenbouw, she contributed to the scenography project "Composite Presence" for the 2021 Venice Architecture Biennale. This project involved creating a fictional city landscape at a 1:15 scale in the Belgian pavilion, constructed entirely from wood. Working alongside a skilled team of woodworkers, she developed a strong affinity for and knowledge of working with wood.
From mid-2020 until 2023, Bierma worked at NU Architectuur atelier in Gent, Belgium. During this period, she engaged in various projects encompassing diverse themes (and scales) such as care, heritage, civil institutions, landscape and public space design, architectural experiences in nature, and renovation.
This experience also provided her with valuable insights into the playful and artistic approach to architecture in Belgium, which she considers an essential element in her own practice.
Since 2022, she has also begun working partly for her own architectural practice. Her projects have included the renovation of a 1930s house into a loft and participating in a competition for a folly at the Hoge Veluwe National Park (placing second). Her focus lies in enhancing spatial qualities and creating unexpected moments, transforming standard houses into unique playful experiences through subtle interventions. As part of this process, she designs furniture, including kitchen fixtures, closets, tables, and benches.