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“In transforming cities, feasibility is essential and, therefore, so are knowledge of client and user context, program, process and revenue models. This requires a new approach to research and education.”

Research profile

As Professor of Transformational Design, Paul focuses on the relationship between current design practice and education. His research group is developing expertise in reevaluatiing the usefulness of post-war cities and examining new uses for buildings, based on current and expected economic and social changes. With programmatic adjustments, architectural improvements and good urban planning, a careful and sustainable improvement of the city can take place. Cooperation with the market and the public sector are very important in this respect.

Academic background

Paul Diederen studied engineering at Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e) where he graduated in 1986. He joined TU/e in 2016 is as professor of Transformational Design.  With Bert Dirrix, he founded Diederen Dirrix van Wylick Architecten in 1999, which has been called diederendrix architecture & urbanization since 2005.

Affiliated with

Architect / Director, DiederenDirrix Beheer B.V.

Committee member, W&M Rotterdam

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities


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