"Sailing Architect"

As a sailing architect, I am exploring the impact of sustainable developments.

Within Architecture I am passionate to create impact in a sustainable and circular way. By incorporating all features we need to change our built environment towards a 100% sustainable future to live in!

By Sailing on a professional level on high performance race yachts, I skipper during unique offshore experiences. During these sailing trips we explore how we can operate as a solid team and reach the best boatperformance. Besides my role as a skipper, with sponsor management I am able to assist professional sailing teams.

Image by Dim Balsem


Circular Floating Districts is a concept design- and development company of living, working and recreational environments on the water. We devise future-proof and innovative circular floating concepts.

Within the concept of VLOAT® we have designed 4 types of islands, the Water Block, the Water Court, the Water Community (Image below) and the Water Villas.

Image: Circular Floating Districts, krft, Candela Visual

New Business

Willem Jan is business developer for krft architects from Amsterdam. A studio led by Oscar Vos and Thomas Dieben, with an international team of architects operating in the Netherlands, Belgium and the UK.

Designing modern, circular and sustainable architecture, ranging from the Performance Art Centre and English Department in Brighton to the Patchwork housingblock in Amsterdam.

Image: PAC Brighton, krft


As a professional sailor Willem Jan is operating as a skipper and sponsormanager.

Willem Jan is skipper and navigator on the 60ft Volvo Ocean Racer BOUdragon (Ex Silk-Cut) and several other yachts. He is the co-founder of the foundation Holland Ocean Racing , a Big Boat education platform for the next generation offshore sailors.

Image: Borkum Race 2019

The Ocean Race

From 6 - 16 January Willem Jan was visiting the Ocean Race in Alicante. To support the teams and sailors, but also to raise awareness for protecting the planet. As The Ocean Race has it's programme, with EarthToday we support them and are looking for a future collaboration! Willem Jan shared thoughts with teams and the organisation and gifted m2 and flew the EarthFlag. More news will follow.