In 2011 Giel graduated from the Hogeschool West-Vlaanderen (Belgium) in Kortrijk, with specialisation in Industrial product design.
There, he founded a four-student-collective office which has worked for many different companies.
After his studies, Giel has collaborated with Mathieu Cornelis and Gilles Catry to start their own design studio, named fordesign. This helped them to develop and define their skills as designers. After four years of service (including such clients as Bastalpe, Lékué, WuWei, MDR, …) Giel is continuing to work at his own studio and new collectives.
An example includes Studio Ruben where he searches for a combination of artwork and design together with his girlfriend Liesbet Vanessche. Giel is developed as a designer with a broad perspective on many different areas. In every phase of a designing process he is always looking for functionality, philosophy and proportions.
One can see the influence of this thinking process in the style and objects that come from his work.