Inaugural speech A.C. den Heijer (Bk): public real estate

13 November 2019 15:00 - Location: Aula, TU Delft - By: webredactie

Campus matters


University campuses, hospitals, schools, and city halls are just some examples of built environments that support public goals and have a large impact on society. Managing these buildings – often heritage on iconic locations – is a challenging task for organisations that often already struggle with decreasing public funding. They need to set an example to society and have a responsibility to implement public policies, resulting in meaningful, functional, affordable, and sustainable built environments.

With the campus as her specialisation Alexandra den Heijer will use the university as an example to illustrate what changed in the past 25 years, which management matters set the current context and how research can support decision makers. With her Campus Research Team she has built a network with academics and practitioners and will continue to develop methods and tools. Examples are comprehensive databases with recent projects and smart tools that empower the users of buildings to find the best workplace, based on real-time (big) data about utilization of space. The mission is not only to support campus decision makers, but public real estate managers in general.