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In Delft, I co-design, co-organise and lecture in several BSc, MSc, and professional master courses. In addition, I also love to design and organise international study trips, particularly for professionals in the field. Supervising graduate and PhD research projects is a great part of my job, because it lets me work more personally with talented people with very diverse backgrounds. Finally, I am a grateful and returning lecturer at several universities in The Netherlands and abroad. Guest talks at Columbia University in New York City and Tongji University in Shanghai count as highlights in my career.

Delft University of Technology


  • Co-Initiator of the project 'Values in Urban Area Development: A Quick Start Video for Multi-Stakeholder Collaborations, 2019-2020

  • Co-Developer of the TU Delft DIMI Innovation Airports Initiative, Airport Regions theme, 2016-2017

  • Co-Developer of the Leiden-Delft-Erasmus (LDE) Center for Metropolis & Mainport, World Port City theme, 2015-2017.


Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment


  • AR2R025 Urban (Re)Development Game: Integrating Planning, Design & Property Development

  • AR3R010 Graduation Laboratory Management in the Built Environment (MBE) 

  • BK BSc Course ON5 Gebiedsontwikkeling.


  • Thesis Committee Member of Ph.D. candidate Irene Y. Zhang titled 'Reconnecting the port and the city based on port-city interface redevelopment: A comparative case study of Rotterdam and Shanghai'. Promotors: prof.dr. P.M. Ache, L. Carton and dr. P.J. Beckers, Rijksuniversiteit Nijmegen (RUN), July 12, 2022

  • Co-Promotor and Daily Supervisor of Ph.D. candidate Simon van Zoest on Financial and Governance Institutions for Sustainable Area Development, 2020-present

  • Co-Promotor and Daily Supervisor of external Ph.D. candidate Merten Nefs (Vereniging Deltametropool) on the Process and Outcomes of Large-Scale Distribution Centres, 2019-present

  • Co-Promotor and Daily Supervisor of Ph.D. candidate Céline Janssen on Social Sustainability in the Area Development Implementation Process, 2019-present

  • Co-Promotor and Daily Supervisor of Ph.D. candidate José Manuel Pagés Sánchez on Institutions for Sustainable Port-City Relations in Europe, 2016-2019

  • Co-Promotor and Daily Supervisor of Ph.D. candidate Paolo de Martino on Understanding the Evolution of Port-City Relations: The Case of Naples (Italy), 2015-2021

  • Co-Promotor of Jesse M. Keenan, Ph.D. on Understanding Adaptive Capacity in Real Estate and the Built Environment: Climate Change and Extreme Weather in New York City, 2013-2016

  • Supervisor of 30+ Graduate Students for M.Sc. Thesis (Management in the Built Environment, Explore Lab and Master City Developer), 2006-present. 

PhD and MSc research supervision
Professional Master Programs


Guest Lectures

  • BPD Academy, Nieuwe samenwerkingsvormen, October 2022

  • ASRE Amsterdam School of Real Estate, Strategie voor gebiedsontwikkeling, September 2022

  • TIAS School for Business and Society, Master of Real Estate (MRE),  2013-2018

  • University of Antwerp, Faculty of Management Sciences, Master Urban and Regional Planning, 2015-2018

  • Tongji University Shanghai, College of Architecture & Urban Planning, Master of Architecture & Urban Planning, October 2015

  • University of Amsterdam, Graduate School of Social Sciences, Master Urban & Regional Planning (Urban Planning & Real Estate course), 2012-2014

  • Columbia University New York City, Graduate School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation (Lunch Seminar), October 2014

  • Columbia University New York City, Graduate School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation (during Rotterdam Field Trip), September 2013

  • Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, KULAK, leergang ‘Gebiedsontwikkeling en vastgoed: van project tot realisatie’, November 2012

  • Erasmus University Rotterdam, Institute for Housing & Urban Development Studies, Master Urban Management & Development, January 2011

  • Erasmus University Rotterdam, Erasmus School of Economics, Master Urban, Port & Transport Economics (Seminar Port Cities in Transition), March 2007.


International Study Trips

Academic study trips are more than field trips to exciting cities. They are specifically designed to experience and actively learn about how things work in non-Dutch urban planning and development practices. When we are abroad, the (usually Dutch) professionals that join my trips are challenged to perform a mini case study and present their results on the final day of the program. This helps participants to get the most out of their journey--a learning experience to remember.


I have designed and co-organised trips to the following destintations:


International Study Trips 3-6 days

  • 2008, 2009 and 2011: Hamburg, Germany

  • 2010: Barcelona, Spain

  • 2012: Istanbul, Turkey

  • 2011, 2013, 2016, and 2017: Boston (MA) & New York City (NY), USA

From November 12-16, 2018, the destination of the international module of the Master City Developer program was New York City (NY). The module included visits to Pratt Institute, the City University of New York and New York University in NYC. 






















Photo: Master City Developer visits NYU in November 2018

Next to the above, I also orgnised several single day study trips to the port city of Antwerp in Belgium. All trips have been planned and coordinated together with local universities, and included lectures from local academics, practitioners and other experts. After all, who understands a city beter then the people that work on it every day!

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