Floris van der Zee
Belinda van der Lingen
Robert ten Elsen
Partner, senior urban planner, architect
Partner, senior urban planner, architect
Senior urban planner
Pinar Balat (1986) is an architect and urban designer. Before acquiring her master's degree from TU Delft she completed her bachelor's in METU, Ankara and her master on collective housing in UPM, Madrid. In the last seven years she worked in various architecture and urban design offices in The Netherlands on projects of housing and neighbourhood-scale urban planning. She aspires to work on research and design projects by which inclusive, equitable and sustainable urban environments are created.
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.
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.
Senior urban planner
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.
Martha Seitanidou (1992) is an architect from Greece and recently acquired her Master of Architectural Urban Design at TU/e in Eindhoven. She is currently following the professional traineeship (BEP) for receiving the title of urban planner. She has a special interest in projects that designed on a base of innovation create spaces which are both functional and pleasant. Her motto: work together, design for the people and make the world better.
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.
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.
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.
Timothy Simons (1995) is an ambitious, goal-chasing Bachelor’s student studying Urban Design at the “Hogeschool van Amsterdam”. His goal is to be an acknowledged Urban Designer/Architect, who will create sustainable, safe, pleasant and alluring places which allow people to enjoy their day-to-day lives while admiring the built environment that surrounds them. During his 6-months internship at BURA he aims to acquire knowledge that will help stunt his growth into the designer he wants to become.
Jimmy Peijnenburg (2000) is a studying urban planner from Heerhugowaard, The Netherlands. He is doing a 6-months internship at BURA. His aim is to gain a lot of experience in the field and to strengthen the team with his already acquired knowledge learned at the Hogeschool van Amsterdam.
Steijn Visser (1999) is studying Built Environment at the “Hogeschool Utrecht” and will be graduating at the end of this academic year. He is planning to study the master Urbanism at the “Academie van Bouwkunst” in Amsterdam to become an urban planner. Currently, he is doing a 9-month internship at BURA and will focus on topics like urban health, climate adaptation, high-rise buildings and transformation.
Photo credits: Joost Bataille
Former team members:
Marina Lysenkova, Renate Bijlholt, Mariëtte Harms, Katrin Schneider, Chiara Stucchi, Onno van Rieven, Guido Martin, Giel Wieggers, Martine Koppers, Will Priestley, Paul van Eeden, Julianna Lánczky, Boris Duijst, Hannah Penwarden, Ginevra Melazzi, Rosita Hemelaar, Max Tuinman, Kim van Balken, Ania Sosin, Jeroen Castricum, Sander Maurits, Hester Koelman, Daan Helmerhorst, Zuzanna Bręk, Tea Hadzizulfic, Manon den Duijn, María Navarro Sánchez, Joske Bruijns, Chloé Charreton, Tessa Schouten, Mariëlle Wetter, Lindy Beuk, Niels Leusink, Justus Bos, Imane Boutanzit, Alexandra Kern