Marco Broekman (1973) is an architect, urban designer and partner of BURA urbanism. Marco has over 20 years experience with projects in the field of urban design, research by design, infrastructure and landscape in and outside of the Netherlands. With his office, Marco wants to give solutions for healthy and sustainable development of cities and landscapes. Marco studied architecture in Eindhoven (NL) and received his title as urban designer from Bureau Architectenregister in 2012.
Floris van der Zee (1987) is an architect, urban designer and partner of BURA urbanism. He graduated in both architecture and urbanism in 2013 at TU Delft (NL), where his graduation project was awarded a honourable mention. Before Floris started working with Marco Broekman he worked for several design offices in Belgium and the Netherlands.
Belinda van der Lingen has a Masters degree in Japanese Language and Culture from the University of Leyden. She has lived and worked in various cities around the world, including London and Tokyo. Back in Amsterdam she started her career at Regus office rentals and other real estate businesses holding various management positions. Before starting at BURA Urbanism she previously worked at S333 Studio for Architecture & Urbanism. She has a great interest in architecture, design and fashion.
Irene Swinkels (1980) has a Bachelor’s degree in Facility Management and has worked in various places structuring offices and supporting management. She has lived and worked in London, Madrid and Hamburg and knows her languages well. Besides taking care of the BURA office, she also helps others in taking care of body and mind as a yoga teacher.
Floris van der Zee
Belinda van der Lingen
Partner, senior urban planner, architect
Partner, senior urban planner, architect
Robert ten Elsen
Senior urban planner
Robert ten Elsen (1968) is registered Master of Urbanism with extensive experience in strategic planning and design. His career is peppered with knowledge about Dutch and Asian urban development and transformations. After living and working in China for many years, he returned to his native country in 2020. At BURA he wants to use his knowledge and skills with regard to strategic interventions, but also to tackle the contemporary challenges in sustainable and complex urban developments.
Christa Rinzema studied Architecture at ETH Zürich and lives in Amsterdam since 1995. After working for fourteen years as senior architect at de Architekten Cie. on architectonical and urban planning projects like Funenpark Amsterdam, she set up her own office and became periodically guest teacher at the Faculty of Architecture & Built Environment at TUDelft and at the Academy of Architecture in Amsterdam. Since 2021 she works as senior projectleader at BURA urbanism.
Bart Claassen (1982) is an urban designer, who graduated from the TU Eindhoven on a research about heat mitigation in cities. He worked in architectural and urban design companies in the Netherlands, Sweden and Belgium. Bart worked on projects on various scales, ranging from small scale architectural interventions to eco-districts, and in different countries. Bart has a special interest in sustainability within urban design.
Jordy Stamps (1988) is an urban geographer and urban designer. He studied at Utrecht University (NL) and NHTV (NL) and has been working at BURA since January 2017. There he works on projects in the field of research, strategy and urban development plans. From his start, Jordy has been involved in the urban development plan for the new Merwede urban district in Utrecht; a green, car-free city district with amenities within easy reach.
Senior urban planner
Urban geographer, urban designer
Geert Das (1979) has worked in urban research since his graduation in 2009 from the TU/e as an architect. He worked on a range of research projects for the university and as a freelance researcher. Among his work are historic studies on post-war inner-city redevelopment in the Netherlands and on the relation between religious heritage, landscapes and urban morphogenesis. At BURA he will lead our research projects and will support the research for the design projects.
Yunshih Chen is an architect from Taiwan. She has worked as architecture and urban designer in private offices and the Municipality of Taipei. During 2015-2017, she attended the European Post-Masters in Urbanism in TU Delft where she graduated with Cum laude. She is enthusiastic in various urban questions, especially in landscape infrastructure, design with water and the integration of urban thinking and architecture.
Milja Hartikainen is an architect from Finland. She graduated cum laude after studying at Aalto University and TU Berlin. Previously she worked in architecture and urban design offices, in Finland and in the Netherlands, and at the architecture faculty of TU Berlin. Working on projects from building and neighbourhood scale designs she designed both concepts and realisations. Her aim in work and design is to imagine and facilitate better and more resilient (urban) life with empathy.
Jacopo Grilli (1991) is an Urban designer from Italy, graduated in Urbanism at The Politecnico di Milano in 2015. He worked for several design firms in the Netherlands, developing an approach to urban design, related with arts and concept. He obtained the master degree in Urban Design at the Academy of Architecture of Amsterdam in September 2020.
Basia van Rijt
Saskia Kleij is an assistant urban designer. She graduated in History of Art at the University of Amsterdam with a specialisation in history of architecture and urbanism. In september 2019 she started the master Urbanism at the Academy of Architecture in Amsterdam. She is especially interested in the interdisciplinary character of urbanism and the wide range of aspects that are important in an urban design, like sustainability, the experience of the user and the history of a place.
Basia van Rijt (1991) is an urban designer. She graduated in urbanism from the TU Delft in 2017. Besides working as a designer she teaches at the TU Delft and the Academy of Architecture in Amsterdam. By using research as a design method she aspires to contribute to a more sustainable and inclusive future.
Yara Alnashawati (1991) is an architect from Syria, has a master's degree from the MA+U academy of architecture in resilient cities and adaptive architecture. She got her bachelor's degree in architecture and urban planning from Damascus university. worked for several architectural and research offices in the Netherlands and Syria, on various scale projects from regional strategy, hospitals, to private.
Rebecca Smink (1995) is a junior urban designer who recently earned her master’s degree in urbanism from Delft University of Technology. Before graduating she followed several design courses at universities in Delft, Amsterdam and Melbourne. During her studies, she worked on projects at a range of scales for various design offices. Designing for people has been her key motivator, therefore she aims to develop valuable knowledge and ways of positively impacting socio-spatial processes in cities.
Dorottya Békési (1994) is a Hungarian landscape architect. She graduated in Budapest and extended her studies at the TU München. Her first project was the design of a large-scale urban greenway in California. After the living in the States, she relocated in London and worked on various projects in Europe, the Middle-East and Asia. Dorottya became a BREEAM Associate in 2020. Her interest is in landscape-led cities, creating resilient, healthy places for both people and nature.
Frank de Boer (1992) is an assistant urban designer. He graduated at the Art Academy Minerva in Groningen with a degree in autonomous Fine Arts. In September 2021 he started the master Urbanism at the Academy of Architecture in Amsterdam. Frank is interested in sustainable urbanism, especially in how urban design will mitigate challenges related to sustainability.
Viktoria Papoutsidaki (1996) is an ambitious student who will get a Diploma in Architecture at the end of this year. She studied at the University of Patras, also the Wroclaw University of Science and Technology [Erasmus+]. Motivated in an attempt to obtain an all-embracing knowledge of architectural and urban design. During her 6-month internship, at BURA she aims to acquire skills and hands-on experience from a multidisciplinary team that will help her to become a better designer.
Floor Riensema (1999) is a third year student at the Hogeschool van Amsterdam with a specialisation in urban planning. She is motivated to learn a lot about urban planning and the interrelationship of architecture and urban development. She aims to design better places for people, and create high quality public spaces. For 6 months she will be part of the team, in order to get inspired and learn great things from them.
Frank de Boer
Photo credits: Joost Bataille
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