Zef Hemel (1957) has been deputy director of the Physical Planning Department of the City of Amsterdam since 2004. He is, among other things, responsible for the repositioning of the planning function, regional planning within the Metropolitan Area Amsterdam, working on the national planning agenda, building an international network and developing a connection between research and policy, all under the common denominator of the metropolis. He was narrator on behalf of Destination AMS (2006-2007), curator of the “Free State of Amsterdam” (2009) and initiator of “The New Wibaut”, a new course for urban designers, city planners and architects, focused upon open planning.
He also is a professor of Urban Studies (Wibaut Chair) at Amsterdam University (UvA) since 2012.
Before he joined the board of directors of the Physical Planning Department of the City of Amsterdam, he was director of the Rotterdam Academy of Architecture and before that he was a member of the think-tank of the former ministry of Housing, Spatial Planning and the Environment in The Hague, editor of the Fifth Spatial Planning at the former National Planning Department and deputy secretary of the Council for Spatial Planning.
He was editor of the journal “Urban & Regional Planning” (S&RO) from 1996 till 2004 and he has been a member of the executive committee of the Forum for Urban Renewal since 2003.
He studied human geography/urban planning at Groningen University. He got his Ph.D. on the thesis “The Landscape of the IJsselmeerpolders. Planning and design.” at Amsterdam University in 1994.
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