Speakers & case details


Michael Buckley
directs the Real Estate Development Program at Columbia University, where he also heads the Center for High Density Development, a new initiative to prove the benefits of density, and researches the concept of science cities. As President of Halcyon Ltd, he has a reputation for mixed-use retail and strategic planning for underutilized sites.

Jo Coenen
is the principal of Jo Coenen & Co Architekten and directs the knowledge center for Modification, Intervention and Transformation in the Faculty of Architecture at the Delft University of Technology. He is the former Chief Government Architect of the Netherlands.

Francis Cuillier
directs the planning agency for the Municipality of Bordeaux, France. He previously worked for the urban planning agency of Strasbourg and was awarded the French urban planning award Grand Prix de l'Urbanisme in 2006.

Michael Joroff
is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Urban Studies and Planning at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology's School of Architecture and Planning in Cambridge, Massachusetts. He consults, lectures, and teaches globally about the impact of new business models and emerging technology on the design of corporate workplaces and large-scale real estate developments.

Siim Kallas
is the Vice President for Administrative Affairs, Audit and Anti-Fraud for the European Commission in Brussels, Belgium. He is responsible for the Offices for Infrastructure and Logistics in Brussels and Luxembourg.

Paolo Tombesi
teaches at the University of Melbourne, where he is an Associate Dean of the Faculty of Architecture Building and Planning. He has consulted for the Department of Environment and Heritage of the Federal Government, and the Royal Australian Institute of Architects in Australia.

John Worthington
co-founded degw, a strategic design consultancy based in London, in 1973. He has pioneered methods of adapting urban and space planning techniques to meet the needs of the emerging knowledge economy. Recent assignments include high-rise building strategies for the cities of Rotterdam and Dublin, where he continues to advise both cities on managing the process of innovation and change.


Pier Vittorio Aureli, Head of the Capital Cities Research Program, Berlage Institute
Mels Crouwel, Chief Government Architect of the Netherlands
Virginia Gibson, Professor of Real Estate and Planning, University of Reading
Kerstin Hoeger, Lecturer and Senior Researcher, ETH, Zurich
Serge Loumaye, consultant, Price Waterhouse Coopers, Brussels
Veronica Manfredi, Cabinet Member, European Commission
Joost Schrijnen, Professor, Chair of Metropolitan and Regional Design,Delft University of Technology
Aryan Sikkema, Former Director, Building Department, University of Utrecht
Marcel Smets, Chief Government Architect of Flanders; Professor, Department of Architecture, Urban Design and Regional Planning, Catholic University of Leuven
Rudy Stroink, Director, TCN Property Projects, Utrecht
Jacques Van Grimbergen, General Director, Department of Urbanism and Housing, Brussels Capital Region
Flip Verwaaijen, Managing Director, TNT Real Estate

Conference convenor

Hans de Jonge, Professor, Department of Real Estate & Housing, Delft University of Technology

Conference chairs

Rob Docter, Berlage Institute, Rotterdam
Vincent Nadin, Delft University of Technology

Case studies presented

Academic Hospitals Gasthuisberg, Leuven
Agfa-Gavaert Group,Mortsel
Bouwfonds mab, Amsterdam
Brussels Capital Region
Citicorp, New York
Deloitte, Rotterdam
European Commission, Brussels
Fiat, Turin
Fortis, Brussels
Government of the Flemish Community
Hilti, Schaan
ING Real Estate, Amsterdam
IPI S.P.A., Turin
Municipality of Almere
Municipality of Amsterdam
Municipality of Louvain-la-Neuve
Municipality of Milan
Municipality of Rotterdam
Municipality of Toulouse
OVG Project Development, Rotterdam
Philips, Brussels
Philips, Eindhoven
Pirelli & C.Real Estate,Milan
Port of Rotterdam Authority
Shell, Amsterdam
Sony, New York
TNT Real Estate, The Hague
University of Utrecht
Woningcoporatie Het Oosten, Amsterdam

Universities, research centers, and consultants presenting

Architekten Cie, Amsterdam
Berlage Institute, Rotterdam
Catholic University of Leuven
Chief Government Architect of Flanders
Chief Government Architect of the Netherlands
Columbia University, New York
DEGW, London
Delft University of Technology
Eindhoven University of Technology
ETH, Zurich
Fakton, Rotterdam
HafenCity University, Hamburg
Halcyon, New York
Harvard University, Boston
Helsinki University of Technology
Inbo Architects and Urbanists, Amsterdam
Institute for Spatial Research, The Hague
Jo Coenen & Co Architekten, Maastricht
Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Boston
Northern University, Boston
Price Waterhouse Coopers, Brussels
RDHArchitects & Urban Planners, Breda
TCN Property Projects, Utrecht
Tony Fretton Architects, London
Université Catholique de Louvain
University of Amsterdam
University of Ferrara
University of Melbourne
University of Reading
ZZA Research and Consulting, London