dr. Frank Suurenbroek
Professor of Spatial Urban Transformation
dr. Gideon Spanjar
Senior Project leader - Researcher
Gideon Spanjar, is the project leader and senior researcher of Building for Well-being and Nature Inclusive Area Development at the Centre of Expertise Urban Technology at the Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences (AUAS). He is a member of the chair Spatial Transformation at AUAS. Gideon is also professor of Innovation & Urban Green Space at Aeres University of Applied Sciences in Almere where he conducts research in Biodiverse Cities (EU-funded), Nature Inclusive Area Development, Green-Blue Cities and Excellent Green Environments. His research focuses on the redesign of the built environment using neuro-architecture principles, ecosystemic thinking, and biometric technology to get a better understanding of how we can improve human health and well-being in a changing climate. Gideon is co-author of the recently published books Neuroarchitecture & Urban Heat Atlas.
dr. Nanda Piersma
Professor Urban Analytics
Lyske Gais de Bildt, MDes
Researcher & Spatial Graphic Designer
Lyske graduated from the Gerrit Rietveld Academy Amsterdam in 2008 in art and architecture. After this, she graduated cum laude with a master’s degree in Applied Art at the Sandberg Institute. In Sensing Streetscapes, Lyske is responsible for the eyetracking technology and tests, plus the data visualization thereof. Lyske is also the contact for our students at the minor Data Science. In addition to her work for AUAS, Lyske works as a freelance designer and artist.
ir. Hugo Beschoor Plug, MSc
Hugo Beschoor Plug was trained as an architect at the Technical University Delft and in the office of Ben van Berkel. He has been teaching architecture and urbanism at the Technical University Berlin and the Kunsthochschule Berlin-Weissensee. He worked for the Rijksgebouwendienst in Den Haag and Hootsmans architectuurbureau in Amsterdam while teaching at several institutions in the Netherlands. Hugo currently teaches at the University of Siegen and conducts research for the Amsterdam University of Applies Sciences on the new urban wave of hybrid building blocks with micro-apartments: Living the Micro-life. He works and lives in Frankfurt.
ir. Federica Cefis Colombo, MArch, MSc, MA
Federica is an architect, urban planner, and artist who researches urban innovations from a socio-technical perspective. Exploring the values of the relationship between human and technology. With a background in architecture (La Sapienza University of Rome) and contemporary art (Leiden University), she joined the MSc MADE master program (joint degree WUR, TUD) at AMS Institute to explore the values of the relationship between human and technology in the city. Focusing on urban mobility, she analyses technological artefacts such as autonomous vehicles from an actor-network perspective. Mapping the human and nonhuman actors, she reveals opportunities to address ethical issues related to the development of CAVs in the urban context.
ir. Sába Schramkó, MSc
Sába graduated cum laude from TU Delft as an architect and urban planner and gained experience working in Paris and Rotterdam on heritage transformation, cultural development, and spatial development frameworks for mobility hubs, residential areas, university and business campuses. She is enthusiastic about bridging research and practice and finding synergies between the social, spatial and climatic challenges cities are facing.
Maarten Groen, MSc
Senior Researcher Data Analytics
Maarten Groen works as a teacher and senior researcher at the Amsterdam University of Applied Science. His research focuses on the collection and analysis of data from urban environments from various perspectives. Maarten is working on data analysis projects in which large amounts of data collected in cities is analyzed using machine learning. He also has experience in the development of citizen empowerment tools and methods which are used to collect and analyze data together with citizens.
Rachel Reynolds, MSc
Rachel is a research psychologist with a background in cognition, wellbeing, and biometrics. She is working on integrating biometric data to better understand how urban design factors affect us both physiologically and psychologically. In the Building for Wellbeing project, various biosensors will be used to collect biometric data, including eye-tracking, heart rate, and physiological arousal (GSR).
Regien Stolp, MSc
Regien has a research background in the fields of social psychiatry and urban health (MSc Maastricht University) and environmental psychology, urbanism and health (MSc University of Groningen). She is currently conducting research on the impact of high-density streetscapes on affective experiences, behaviours and wellbeing. By applying biometric technology, survey research and interviews, she explores the restorative potential of design principles on wellbeing and how these in turn prevent or mitigate adverse health effects. Her multidisciplinary background allows her to make connections between the fields of public health, architecture and urban planning to help unravel the effects of urban densification on mental health.
Sam is one of our Built Environment students at the Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences (AUAS). In the course of his study, he specialized in Architecture. Sam helps us to make data more accessible to a broader audience. For instance, he develops visuals such as heat maps and drawings derived from eye-tracking data and our spatial analysis of high-density locations.
Chair of Spatial Urban Transformation
The Chair of Spatial Urban Transformation conducts applied-research on the spatial transformation of the city – and the application, exploration and implementation of (technical) innovations. Our action research is always embedded in practice. For example, we work with: The Municipality of Amsterdam, Housing Corporations, Chief Technology Officer, Smart City Amsterdam, Director of Housing Amsterdam, many spatial design firms, multiple interaction design firms and Area Developers. And with 7 European Partners in European projects etc. The Chair is embedded in two research programs: Urban Technology (engineering, data analytics, logistics, circular economy, climate proof city, energy & clean mobility) and Urban Governance & Social Innovation (Engineering, Economics and Social Sciences).
Other projects of the Chair of Spatial Urban Transformation
Responsive Urban Spaces
Media Architecture Biennale 2020
Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences
Amsterdam University of Applied Science
Faculty of Technology
Research programme Urban Technology
dr. Frank Suurenbroek, Professor of Spatial Urban Transformation
Weesperzijde 190, Amsterdam
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