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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 for professionals in the field. Supervising MSc graduation and PhD research projects is a great part of my work, 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 (BK)


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

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

  • BK6ON5 BSc Gebiedsontwikkeling in het Metropolitane Landschap.


Picture (above): Dag van de Gebiedsontwikkeling 2023 - students present their development plans in front of a professional audience at TU Delft BK.

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PhD and MSc research supervision


  • Co-Promotor of Céline Janssen, PhD for 'Developing Places for Human Capabilities: Understanding How Social Sustainability Goals are Governed into Urban Development Projects', Technische Universiteit Delft (TUD), 2019-2024 (defense date: 15 January 2024)

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

  • Co-Promotor of PhD candidate Simon van Zoest on Funding  Institutions for Sustainable Area Development, 2020-present

  • Co-Promotor of PhD candidate Paul van den Bragt on Value Creation in Collaborative Governance for Area Development, 2023-present

  • Thesis Committee Member of Mercè de Miguel Capdevila, PhD for 'Linking Smart and Physical Port Cities'. Promotors: prof.dr. B. de Vries and prof.dr. P.V. Hall, Technische Universiteit Eindhoven (TU/e), August 31, 2023

  • Thesis Committee Member of Irene Y. Zhang, PhD for '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 of Paolo de Martino, PhD for 'Land in Limbo: Understanding path ­dependencies at the intersection of the port and city of Naples'. Promotor: prof.dr. C. Hein. Defense date: 14 May 2021

  • Co-Promotor of PhD candidate José Manuel Pagés Sánchez on 'Developing Sustainable Port-City Relationships in Europe: An Institutionalist Analysis of Waterfront Projects Governance in Lisbon'. Promotor: prof.dr. D. Schubert, HafenCity Universität Hamburg. Defense date: 23 May 2019

  • Co-Promotor of Jesse M. Keenan, PhD for 'Understanding Adaptive Capacity in Real Estate and the Built Environment: Climate Change and Extreme Weather in New York City'. Promotor: prof. H. de Jonge. Defense date: 19 April 2016

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

Professional Master Programs


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In 2023, I co-developed a new education course for professionals in the field who focus on urban area transformations.


This product is the first step in creating a state of the art learning environment and education curriculum for planners, developers, designers, consultants, and others active in the field.

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Guest Lectures

  • Synchroon In-Company Course, Gebiedsontwikkeling: zoeken naar een doorwaadbare plaats, May 2023

  • BPD Academy, Nieuwe samenwerkingsvormen, October 2022

  • ASRE Amsterdam School of Real Estate, Strategie voor gebiedsontwikkeling, September 2022 and 2023

  • 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, 2017 and 2018: Boston & New York City, USA

From November 12-16, 2023, the destination of the international module of the Master City Developer program again was New York City (NY). The module included visits to Pratt Institute, the Columbia University and NYU. 













Picture (above): Master City Developer visits NYC in November 2023

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. 

Picture (below): Explanations on The High Line in November 2023

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