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Organisation committee

Michiel Ritzen

Michiel Ritzen


Michiel Ritzen received his Master of Science on Architecture, specialization Technology in Sustainable Design, from Delft University of Technology in 2004 and received his Doctor of Philosophy on the environmental impact assessment of Building Integrated Photovoltaics from Eindhoven University of Technology in 2017. Until 2010, Michiel worked for several architectural firms as an architect, sustainable energy expert and environmental impact assessor. Currently he is a senior researcher at Zuyd University of Applied Science, research team Smart Urban ReDesign, and responsible for the program line Circular Building Technology. Michiel is currently internal project leader of 2 European projects on circular building development and his current research activities cover the design, realization, testing, and environmental assessment of sustainable and circular building solutions. Michiel Ritzen is technical coordinator of the European H2020 research project ‘DRIVE 0’  and member of the steering group of the European H2020 research project HOUSEFUL.

Nurhan Abujidi

Nurhan Abuijidi

Chair Scientific Committee

Nurhan Abujidi is a graduate from School of Architecture at Bir Zeit University in 1996.
She worked as the chief architect for the Palestinian Department of Antiquities and
Cultural Heritage from 1996 to 2000. She received two post graduate master degrees from the Catholic University of Leuven, Belgium (one in conservation of historic towns and buildings, and the other in the architecture of human settlement). In 2007 she received her PhD from the department of architecture, regional and urban planning at KULeuven.
She taught (in graduate programs and international post graduate Master programs )in several universities and with different research groups such as at COSMOPOLIS; City , Culture and Society at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel. She was the academic coordinator of the Erasmus Mundus UII urban studies module at the VUB Brussels. Worked as a senior researcher at Zaragoza university on the concept sustainable development. Guiding several Ph.D research projects.
She was the co-director of the school of architecture at San Jorge university where she was directing research and was the professor of URBAN design theory and studios.

Currently she is head of Smart Urban Redesign research center - Zuyd University of Applied Science and Technology


Renske Bouten


Renske Bouten graduated as a spatial designer from the Academy of Fine Arts Maastricht (2010) and received a Master of Arts from the KU Leuven (2012). She gained knowledge and expertise in funding diverse projects on regional, national and international level. In 2018 Renske joined the expoteam of IBA Parkstad to develop the IBA Expo Year (2021-2022) in which she works mainly on the roll out and organisation of conferences, exhibitions and local community projects.
During the IBA Expo Year, IBA Parkstad, together with all her partners, will exhibit the results of the past seven years of facilitating and developing innovative projects in the region of Parkstad. With circular building being one of the main themes of IBA Parkstad, the expoteam will bring in and complement the Crossing Boundaries conference with some of the region’s best project examples.

Photo Paul Consten - the Netherlands

Paul Consten


My name is Paul Consten and I work as a policy officer for the City Region Parkstad Limburg. Within Parkstad we are working on the development of a regional Circular Economy strategy and we are working towards an Implementation Program for Circular Building in Parkstad. We work together with the national government, the Province of Limburg, IBA Parkstad, Zuyd University of Applied Sciences, municipalities and stakeholders within the region. In my work I am also involved in various circular projects such as SUPERLOCAL - Super Circular Estate, DigitalDeConstruction and the GTB Lab. In these projects, we experiment with the partners with new circular processes aimed at the high-quality reuse and recycling of materials harvested during the demolition/deconstruction of buildings. In these projects new building and design techniques are applied and digital tools are developed. Within these innovative projects we want to ensure that all knowledge and expertise is rolled out and applied in new projects in the region. Together towards a Circular Society!

Wim Bakens

Wim Bakens


By education Wim is an Architectural Engineer. After having been employed for 7 years at the Department of Building Design of the Dutch Ministry of Housing and for ten years as Senior Consultant and Partner at one of the biggest Management Consultancies in The Netherlands, during 1994 – 2019 Wim was employed by CIB – the International Council for Research and Innovation in Building and Construction; during 23 years as its CEO and during the last two years as Senior Advisor. Currently he is the Coordinator of the SBE – Sustainable Built Environment – Conference Series.

Main organizer, lead scientific organization
Zuyd University of Applied Sciences

Zuyd SURD research team is an experienced conference and workshop organizer, with successful SBE conferences in 2000 and 2010, and contribution to the regional SBE 2019. Zuyd SURD research team organizes yearly a symposium on circularity in the built environment with 40-100 participants and organizes yearly a workshop on urban mining and transformation with 20-150 participants.


Main organizer
IBA Parkstad, expo team

The Expo team of IBA Parkstad is responsible for rolling out all activities (academic events as well as festivities) during the IBA Expo year 2020-2021 and during the run-up towards the Expo year. The Expo year contains at least five national and international conferences, from minimum 100 participants to maximum 500 participants. During IBA Parkstad’s lifetime, the organization has gained special experience in relating local, often urban, projects to substantive events like workshops, seminars, information markets and participation in (international) conventions.


Supporting organizations
1. Parkstad Limburg

The City Region of Parkstad Limburg has organized several conferences in its past. For example, Parkstad organized the 'Festival of the Future' with 2,000 unique visitors in 2017. The Parkstad Limburg City Region also has a lot of experience in organizing conferences from 50 to 100 visitors. These conferences all have different themes with different guests, from administrators to academics and from policy officials to researchers.

2. Municipality of Kerkrade
3. iisBE
4. CiB
6. One or more representatives of the SBE partners

Scientific committee

Ad Straub, TU Delft, the Netherlands
Agnes Schuurmans, SGS Intron, the Netherlands
Ahmed Z. Khan, ULB Brussels, Belgium
Ali Vahidi, TU Delft, the Netherlands
Anatolijs Borodinecs, Riga Technical University, Bulgary
Anne Paduart, VITO, Belgium
Antonín Lupíšek, Czech Technical University, Czech Republic
Caroline Newton, TU Delft, the Netherlands
Cecilia Furlan, TU Delft, the Netherlands
Charlotte Cambier, VUB Brussels, Belgium
Chris Geurts, TNO, the Netherlands
Christoph Maria Ravesloot, Rotterdam UAS, the Netherlands
Dario Cottafava, University of Turin, Italy
Dimitra Papadaki, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, Greece
Elettra Agliardi, University of Bologna, Italy
Elke Knapen, UHasselt, Belgium
Eric Willems, Huygen Installatie Advisors, the Netherlands
Dirk Franco, Uhasselt/PXL, Belgium
Gino van Strijdonck, Zuyd UAS, the Netherlands
Griet Verbeeck, UHasselt, Belgium
Haico van Nunen, Rotterdam UAS, the Netherlands
Holger Wallbaum, Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden
Jacques Kimman, RVO, the Netherlands
John van Oorschot, Zuyd UAS, the Netherlands
Joop van Duren, Zuyd UAS, the Netherlands
Karen Allacker, KU Leuven, Belgium
Liane Thuvander, Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden
Lisanne Havinga, TU Eindhoven, the Netherlands

Luís Bragança, University of Minho, Portugal
Manuela Almeida, University of Minho, Portugal
Marc van den Berg, University of Twente
Marijke Steeman, Ghent University, Belgium
Marijn van de Weijer, Zuyd UAS, the Netherlands
Mark Kelly, GMIT, Ireland
Nikos Kalogeras, Zuyd UA & Wageningen University & Research, the Netherlands
Pascal Buskens, TNO, the Netherlands
Patrick Daly, TU Dublin, Ireland
Perica Savanovic, Avans UAS, the Netherlands
Peter-Paul van den Berg, Kamp C, Belgium
Petr Hajek, Czech Technical University, Czech Republic
Philippe Lemarchand, TU Dublin, Ireland
Rene Kemp, Maastricht University, the Netherlands
Richard Lorch, Buildings & Cities, UK
Rolf André Bohne, Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Norway
Ronald Rovers, TU Eindhoven, the Netherlands
Ruben Vrijhoef, TU Delft, the Netherlands
Shady Attia, Université de Liège, Belgium
Silu Bhochhibhoya, University of Twente
Sultan Çetin, TU Delft, the Netherlands
Targo Kalamees, Tallinn University of Technology, Estonia
Thomas Lützkendorf, KIT, Germany
Vanessa Gomes, Universidade Estadual de Campinas, Brazil
Veronique Vasseur, Maastricht University, the Netherlands
Wilfried van Sark, University of Utrecht, the Netherlands
Yvonne van der Meer, Maastricht University, the Netherlands