Wiel Arets (Heerlen, 1955) graduated from the Technical University of Eindhoven in 1983. Arets is known for his simple, abstract designs and preference for black and white. Arets has three agencies in Maastricht, Amsterdam and Zurich.
Arets has gained international fame with his design of the Academy of Fine Arts in Maastricht. He also worked on the restoration of the Glass Palace in his hometown Heerlen. Recent projects of Arets are the IJhal in Amsterdam and Urban Studios in Maasticht. In 1996, he designed the Lensvelt headquarters.