The practice was founded in 1994 by Rick Wessels and Hans van der Heijden. Initially, the practice worked mostly on housing schemes. The workload has gradually expanded to offices, shops, medical and cultural buildings.
In 1996 biq won the Europan-4 competition. In 2008, the Bluecoat arts centre in Liverpool (GB) was completed. This project received many awards and was nominated for the Mies van der Rohe Award.