Prof. TU Delft
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Henco Bekkering (born in 1948) has been a full professor of Urban Design at the faculty since 1995. He concentrates on urban projects, the relationship between urban design and architecture and the layout of urban spaces, attaching great importance to the historical stratification of the location. Aspects such as the integration into existing and the significance of public spaces play an important role in the work of the Chair. Bekkering supervises students who are approaching graduation and teaches Bachelor’s and Master’s students. Among the lessons he organises are a series entitled ‘Urban design in practice,’ in which various projects from the professional field are dealt with. He supervises PhD students at the Delft School of Design, for example in the ‘Urban Transformations’ lab, where students from the Netherlands and abroad redesign urban centres and residential areas. His extensive experience with redesign projects of the centres of medium-sized cities and the revitalisation of post-war residential districts comes in very useful here. The Chair’s research covers public spaces, infrastructure, morphology and tradition, and involves participation in European research projects.
In addition, Bekkering has also been a partner at HKB stedenbouwkundigen for more than twenty years. Well-known projects for which he was responsible are the Hanzeland area round the station in Zwolle and the new Alphen aan den Rijn city centre. He is a member of the board of the Stichting Beheer Architectenregister foundation, as a representative of higher and academic education, and of the Van Eesteren-Fluck & Van Loohuizen foundation. At the faculty he is vice-chairman of the Urbanism department and is in charge of the research programme.