Acquisition and project leader of NSFC, NWO and EPSRC Joint Research Project: 'Adaptive Urban Transformation (AUT) – Territorial governance, spatial strategy and urban landscape dynamics in the Pearl River Delta'  (grant no. ALWSD 2016.013 sustainable delta program) with Delft University of Technology, Department of Urbanism (NL); South China University of Technology, School of Architecture (SCUT) (China); The University of Sheffield, Department of Landscape (UoS) (UK) (funding ca € 1.000.000, 2018-2022). Read more...

The overall aim of the research is to develop an integrative and multiscale design and planning approach for adaptive urban transformation in fast urbanizing deltas. It uses the Pearl River Delta as a case study.

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Acquisition and project leader of NWO TOPSECTOR WATER CALL: 'Shorescape: Sustainable co-evolution of the natural and built environment along sandy shores' (grant no. ALWTW.2016.038)  with University of Twente, Deltares, Hoogheemraadschap Hollands Noorderkwartier, Rijkswaterstaat, Witteveen en Bos, HNS landschapsarchitecten, Imares Wageningen (funding € 702.000, 2017-2022). Read more... 

This project aims at developing design principles for the dynamic occupation of the land-sea interface to enhance BwN-processes and contribute to the natural adaptation and sustainable development of urban coastal zones.



Acquisition and project leader 'Design atlas heritage estate landscapes gelderland' with Province of Gelderland in collaboration with Gelders Genootschap (funding ca € 140.000, 2019-2021)

The project elaborates a landscape-based regional approach for the understanding, planning and design of heritage estate landscapes that takes spatial development with (historical) landscape structures as a basis, but also engages in a process with meaningful stakeholder engagement.

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Acquisition and overall project Leader ‘Polder landscapes of the world’ with Nieuw Land, Dutch Embassy India & Canada; ICOMOS NL; U of Beijing; U of Auburn, U of Toronto, etc.) (funding € 50.000, partly pending, 2017 ongoing). Read more...  

The project aims to develop knowledge and raise awareness of polder landscapes around the globe through systematic description, analysis and comparison. This book addresses polder landscapes as cultural expressions rather than only as results of water engineering.

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Acquisition and Head Designer ‘Shantou Inner Bay Urban Design’ with OKRA landscape architects, South China University of Technology and Guangzhou Urban Planning Institute (funding € 120.000, 2020)

Design vision for a resilient urban landscape of Shantou Inner Bay Area, China. The urban planning and landscape architecture design includes implementation of multifunctional flood protection for river and sea, enlargement of green-blue structures, transit oriented development and generation of innovative urban typologies.

Completed Projects: 2006 - 2017


Acquisition and project leader ‘Landscape as business condition/Landschap als vestigingsvoorwaarde’ with Vereniging Deltametropool, Wageningen University, West8, Staatsbosbeheer, LEI, Ministerie van Economische Zaken, Rijksdienst voor Cultureel Erfgoed (funding € 129.000, 2016-2017)


Acquisition and overall project leader ‘First comprehensive polder & dike GIS of the Netherlands’ with Cultural Heritage Agency and Ministry of Infrastructure & Mobility (funding € 75.000, 2014-2015)


Acquisition and overall project leader ‘Urbanizing Deltas in transition’ with University of Houston (funding € 60.000, 2012-2013)


Project leader ‘Integrated Planning and Design in the Delta; Work Package International Delta Comparison (IPDD)’ (funding € 40.000, NWO-URD, 2011-2012)


Acquisition and overall project leader ‘Multimedia exhibition display landscape development Beeckestijn’ (funding € 12.500, 2011)


Acquisition and overall project leader input Structural Vision Spatial Development 2040 and Landscape heritage policy Province of North Holland (funding € 158.000, 2006-2009 multiple projects)


Overall Project leader ‘Polder Atlas of the Netherlands’ with Nieuw Land (funding € 200.000, 2006-2009)

All Projects are affiliated to TU Delft