Arie Bergsma studied Aerospace Engineering at Delft University of Technology. In 1995, he successfully graduated and started working as a researcher at the former Hoogovens R&D, now Corus/Tata Steel. Based on his interest in architecture and building, he decided to study Architecture after all, at Eindhoven Technical University. Between 1998 and 2004, he studied part-time and worked at various engineering firms: Prince Cladding, D3BN Consulting Engineers and Peutz Consulting Engineers in Zoetermeer.
At Peutz Consulting Engineers, he worked as a consultant in building physics, building acoustics and energy performance from 2001 to 2006 and was involved in large-scale projects throughout the Netherlands. In 2006, he started GAAGA to focus on his own projects and consultancy work. Since 2007, he works at TU Delft as a lecturer in building engineering and as coordinator of the facade design course, Chair of Design of Construction.