Creative Leadership

2015-2018 Founding Director, Design Society (opened in December 2017)

2013-2014 Creative Director, Urbanism/Architecture Bi-City Biennale of Shenzhen

2007-2013 General Director, Netherlands Architecture Insitute

2005-2007 Founder and Editor-in-Chief, Volume Magazine

2001-2005 Director, Archis Foundation

1996-2000 Editor-in-Chief, Archis Magazine (a magazine for Architecture, City, and Visual Culture)


2017 Design Society: the Making of a New Cultural Platform, Shenzhen

2014 Value Factory Academy, A School as Risk. Founding document for a new school in Shekou, Shenzhen (unpublished).

2012 Dutch Architecture in 250 Highlights (preserved by the Netherlands Architecture Institute), Rotterdam

2010 Al Manakh c’tinued, Amsterdam

2009 Architecture of Consequence, Rotterdam

2007 Al Manakh, Amsterdam

2003 The Battle for Time, Amsterdam

2003 ‘General Culture Policy Plan’ for the municipality of Tilburg

1999 On the Edge of Two Millennia. Essays on the Future of Architecture, Rotterdam

1997 RealSpace in QuickTimes: Architecture and Digitization, Rotterdam

1996 Destination Future, Rotterdam

1994 The Invisible in Architecture, London

1994 And justice for all…, Maastricht


– Daily newspapers: Het Parool, Volkskrant, Trouw, The Independent

– Architectural magazines: Archis, Volume, Architectural Design, Bauwelt, Tefchos, Harvard Design Review, Any-Magazine, El Croquis, De Architect, Lotus, Arkitectura Murator, Project Russia, Arquitectura & Viva, Hunch, World Architecture, BASA, AD, Time+Architecture, Urban Flux, A+D, A+U, among others

– Art & design magazines: BEELD, Arti, Metropolis M, Artforum, Items, Domus

– Literary magazines: Hollands Maandblad, Raster, De Gids, De Revisor, De XXIe eeuw

– 1988-1999 weekly contributions on art, architecture, visual culture and new media on De Groene Amsterdammer, weekly on culture and politics


2013 Metadesign by Matchmaking – Value Factory, the main venue for Urbanism Architecture Bi-city Biennale of Shenzhen

2004-2012 Event Design – RSVP events in Berlin, Brussels, New York, Athens, Detroit, Oslo, Ramallah, Amman, Istanbul, Mexico, Prishtina, among others

2002 Competition Entry (responsible for several multimedia “modes” for visitor pavilion Transports, in collaboration with Oosterhuis)

2001 Branding – Museuminsel, Berlin, Germany

2001 Competition Entry (together with Greg Lynn and Martine de Maeseneer) – Music Forum, Gent, Belgium

2000 Freeze – Arti, Amsterdam, the Netherlands

1997 Egotecture – Museum Boijmans van Beuningen, Rotterdam, the Netherlands

1996 RealSpace in QuickTimes (together with Ben van Berkel) – Dutch entry Triennale di Milano, Milan, Italy


2014 Re-creation, Finnish entry to the Venice Biennale of Architecture (with Juulia Kauste)

2013 several exhibitions for Urbanism Architecture Bi-city Biennale Shenzhen

2012 Louis Kahn, The Power of Architecture (co-curator, with Stanislaus von Moos and Jochen Eisenbrandt)

2012 Re-set, Dutch entry to the Venice Biennale of Architecture (with Petra Blaisse)

2011 Housing with a Mission, Dutch entry to the Shenzhen Biennale

2011 Unsolicited Architecture, São Paulo

2007-2012 Several exhibitions for the Netherlands Architecture Institute

2004-2012 RSVP Events (response-based interventions)

2000 Freeze, Arti, Amsterdam

2000 Manifesta 3, Ljubljana (with Francesco Bonami, Maria Lhavajova and Katrin Rhomberg)

1997 Egotecture (essay exhibition taken from the collection of Museum Boijmans van Beuningen), Rotterdam

1996 RealSpace in QuickTimes: Architecture and Digitization, Dutch entry to the Triennale di Milano

1991 Europan II, the Netherlands


– Berlage Institute, Delft

– Amsterdam School of Cultural Analysis, Amsterdam

– Academy of Architecture, Amsterdam

– Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, USA

– Goldsmith College, London

– Academy of the Arts of Utrecht, Utrecht

– Architecture School of Hong Kong University

– Architecture School of MIT, Cambridge, USA


Universities, cultural institutions and professional and political organizations worldwide.


Several memberships for juries and steering committees for the Mies van der Rohe Prize, Medaglio d’Oro Italia, European Public Space Prize, Tchernikov Prize, Curry Stone Prize, Volume Magazine, UABB, Shenzhen Design Week,


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