The best way forward is to start off with a vision and an idea, followed by defining and making small steps towards achieving that vision.
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‘Creating better cities’ – that’s what motivates me.
‘Creating better cities’ – that’s what motivates me. I was inspired by the ideas of Henk Goudappel, who I met during my studies at the Traffic Academy (1975-1979) and my first period (1979-1980) working at Goudappel Coffeng.
In my work as a director at Goudappel Coffeng (1991-2011), it became clear to me that the best way forward is to start off with a vision and an idea, followed by defining and making small steps towards achieving that vision. Confronting decision-makers with the question ‘What kind of city do you want?’ was and is often the start of interesting and ambitious projects. Mobility is still a major issue for me, and the link with other policy fields that shape cities – such as economics, the environment and quality public space – makes the challenge even more exciting.
I studied traffic engineering at the Traffic Academy in Tilburg. After starting at Goudappel Coffeng in 1979, I worked from 1981 to 1992 at BVA traffic consultants in Raalte. In 1992 I returned to Goudappel Coffeng to become a member of the management team for 10 years. During that period I was also Chairman of the Board of Directors of the ICU consortium for the city of Utrecht and a member of the review committee for the postgraduate programme at Breda University of Applied Sciences (NHTV).