I am an urban planner, an architect and a political scientist. I’m fascinated by the connections between the social and built environments. Since the beginning of 2019, I have been the Van Eesteren Fellow at TU Delft’s Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment, Department of Urbanism.
Explorer. Educator. Researcher.
My professional and academic interests centre on design’s social and political aspects, especially in Europe and the South.
I’ve researched (informal) housing and participatory upgrading, postcolonial architecture and planning dynamics, and the methodological and pedagogical complexities of a designerly approach to knowledge production.
My experience and research show that I am strongly dedicated to promoting positive transformation and empowering young people with the skills and resources they need to contribute to this.
In several countries around the world, I have worked with groups and organisations to address the issues they have faced during periods of change.
I believe that academic work should be a direct connection between interdisciplinary scholarly research and social engagement, thereby actually contributing to a more social and environmentally just society.
I’ve taught courses on participatory methods, architecture, urban planning, socio-spatial planning, sociological principles for spatial planning, and design studios on building and urban design in Europe and the South.
I am currently organising a lecture series on engaged spatial planning and design as part of the Van Eesteren Fellowship (https://vaneesterenfellowship.org)
I am a member of the Journal of Housing and the Built Environment editorial board and a socio-spatial planning specialist in the GECORO (urban planning advisory committee) of the city of Mechelen in Belgium.
Interests & Expertise
- Spatial Justice
- Designing for the Just City
- Just Transitions
- Inclusive Planning and Design
- Critical Urban Theory
- Participatory Design
- Critical Spatial Design and Practice
- Power and Inequality
- (Informal) Housing
Lecturer MSc Building and Urban Design in Development, The Development Planning Unit, The Bartlett, UCL London
(2012 – 2014)
As a lecturer in the MSc Building and Urban Design in Development I was teaching a course on participatory processes, a critical urbanism studio and the practice module. Furthermore I was a member of the Director’s Advisory Group and the Urban Transformations and the unit’s diversity officer.
For a full overview of my previous appointments, please download my full CV.