Elevating Studio was founded by Michiel de Moel and Johannes de Jong.
Michiel and Johannes founded Elevating Studio in early 2015. They knew each other for almost 20 years, after they met in the Netherlands working in the same elevator company.
By 2015, the global elevator industry as a whole, had experienced a long period of significant growth – mostly in Asia. And it was very clear to both Johannes and Michiel, that Asia was in great need for more knowledge and know-how on vertical transportation systems.
The shortage of skills in design and operations in the elevator industry, especially in South East Asia, was painfully clear; ‘under-elevated’ buildings causing excessive waiting times; lacking/insufficient national safety codes and standards for elevators and escalators; lack of experienced and skilled installation and maintenance personnel; no or insufficient requirements for independent 3rd party inspections and safety certifications, and many more. Leading to unreliable, un-safe and poor performing lift and escalators systems, un-happy lift users and building owners, and frustrated lift companies!
In 2016, Elevating Studio was certified and accredited by the Dutch Liftinstituut for safety inspections and certifications in whole of South East Asia. The Liftinstituut is one of the most renowned accredited safety companies in the elevator and escalator industry. Since then, Elevating Studio has inspected, tested and certified many elevators and escalators from local and international building owners in the region.
By the beginning of 2018, the company has developed to one of the larger Specialized Vertical Transportation Consultancy companies globally. Elevating Studio has established offices in Singapore, Thailand, Philippines, Australia and Finland. From our local offices we manage projects domestically and internationally. We work with any building designer or elevator or escalator owner – be it an architect, developer, commercial owner or MCST – big or small.
Our team members have previous experience and know-how from all different lift brands, technologies and type of buildings.
For more information on the founders of Michiel de Moel and Johannes de Jong see below.
OUR MISSION & VISION
“To provide the best and most innovative Vertical Transportation Consulting Services”
It is our goal to support our customers with the most professional full life cycle vertical transportation consultancy services, from the early programming stages of your building, all the way to the modernization of your vertical transportation equipment.
We will reach this goal by supporting you to find the most suitable safe, innovative, socially, economically and ecologically sustainable solutions for any life cycle stage of your project.
To be your vertical transportation expert of choice
To build a place where people can come to find and discover anything they want to know about their buildings’ vertical transportation.
Michiel de Moel
CEO and founder of Elevating Studio vertical transportation consultants
Prior to founding Elevating Studio, Michiel has been active in the elevator industry for more than 15 years, in various global and local roles, in one of the largest elevator and escalator companies globally. During his time in the elevator and escalator industry, Michiel has been active in several senior roles, such as: New Equipment Installation Manager, New Equipment Director, Service Business Director, Vice President for Global Spare Parts Supply Operations, Senior Vice President for Global Automatic Doors business, Regional Managing Director South East Asia, Area Director Service Business Asia Pacific and Middle East, and Area Director Major Projects, Quality and Codes – Asia Pacific and Middle East.
During the earlier phase of his career, from 1990 to 2000, Michiel was active in various roles in the MEP Building Services industry and in the Energy/Power Generation Industry. He has been involved in several roles, from sales, design/engineering, project management, commissioning and maintenance, working on large projects in Netherlands and in Saudi Arabia.
Michiel has also been working as a Senior Consultant in MEP Building Services in The Hague, The Netherlands, for several years – responsible for the Mechanical / HVAC and Vertical Transportation design, of various large buildings in The Netherlands.
Johannes de Jong
Executive Vice President and founder of Elevating Studio vertical transportation consultants
Johannes has had more than 39 years of experience in the elevator industry, before the founding of Elevating Studio. His last role was Chief Technology Officer for Major Project Division. Johannes has been involved in the design and execution of many of the highest buildings in the world, and he is considered one of the top experts globally in this field.
In the past, Johannes has worked in several workgroups of the European EN81 code committee. He is also a very active member of the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH), where he has been a member of the Steering Group from 2001-2007, and since 2008 he has been a member of the Advisory Board of the Council. In addition, Johannes is a member of the Height-committee, which is responsible to establish the official building heights of all tall buildings globally. In 2014, Johannes was nominated a Fellow of the CTBUH, for his work and contributions at the Council, during the last 15 years.
Johannes has also received many awards and mentions for his work in the Elevator Industry, over the last 39 years. Most recently, in 2013 he picked-up the Innovation Award from the CTBUH, on behalf of KONE Corporation. In the same year, he was also nominated as one of the 25 Engineering News Record’s top newsmakers of the year, by McGraw Hill construction magazine. In 2014 Johannes was the winner of the Prestigious Nova award for Innovation from the Construction Innovation Forum.
Vertical Transportation Consultant, Director of Thailand office
Vertical Transportation Consultant, Director of Australia office