BART LENS (°1959) obtained his diploma from the Provinciaal Hoger Architectuur Instituut in 1982. After carrying out an internship with Jo Spaas at St-Huybrechts Lille he gained professional experience working for several different architects such as M. Jaspers (Projects: SAS Hotel in Brussels, CERA Headquarters in Leuven, Limeparts in Genk and the Dockside Discotheque in Hasselt) and the Headquarters of the Kredietbank Real Estate Division (34 staff for the central building department). In 1995 he took an important decision: he started up his own business in Hasselt called LENS°ASS. The business has since grown into a young, dynamic team that works under his leadership on a wide range of projects: interiors, shops, homes, industrial complexes, residential districts, etc. The designs bear witness to a pragmatic realistic approach to building assignments and a great attention to the actual execution thereof where different design choices have a great impact on the desired ambiance. Ambiance that is not a result of decorating and adding accessories, but ambiance that is an actual part of the ensemble of the architecture. Bart Lens was recently appointed guest teacher at the St. Lucas Institutes in Gent and Brussels for the Department of Architecture. On 31 October 2007 he opened his second office in Brussels.