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“Through research and education, I aim to contribute to the sustainable transition of existing cities, anticipating key societal urban agendas, local spatial identity and systemic innovation processes.”

Research profile

Pieter van Wesemael is professor of Urbanism and Urban Architecture (UUA) at the Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e). He is responsible for the Living Cities research program of the unit AUDE, which focuses on correlations between architecture and urbanism as well as on urban and regional planning. This program focus complies with the strategic research areas of the faculty and university, bringing architectural, urban and cultural heritage expertises to sustainable transformation of existing cities, building in an evolutionary way on existing social, economical, cultural and spatial capital, taking into account the issues of governance. He recently established the Urban Lab at TU/e as a platform for applied research in which actors of the triple helix collaborate on policy research and case studies related to the sustainable development of the city and the urbanized region. The current research agenda of the UUA chair within both the Living Cities fundamental research program as well the applied research program of the Urban Lab focuses on three clusters of themes: 1) healthy cities, smart mobility and public space design; 2) smart cities, participation and placemaking; 3) cultural heritage, spatial biographies and contextual design.

Academic background

Pieter received his Masters with honors (cum laude) at the Delft University of Technology, where he also did his PhD (“Architecture of Instruction and Delight”) with honors. For two decades, he was partner in the Architekten Cie and INBO, both in Amsterdam, leading the consultancy and design department in urban design, area development and spatial policy. He has published widely on topics related to sustainable evolutionary urban development, based on a contextual and systemic understanding of its inherent path dependencies.

He is responsible for bachelor and master courses, seminars and studios on urbanism and urban architecture. In the bachelor, Pieter teaches the courses on Architecture and the City, the USE line on sustainable urban development, Urban Case Studies and Landscape and Public Space. In the master he teaches in the courses Public Domain, Urban Planet and Urban Trends. He is also  involved in graduation studios for the urbanism track as well as selected master seminars and a member of several boards on spatial planning, healthy cities, smart cities and cultural heritage.

Affiliated with

  • Smart Mobility
  • Quantified Self
  • Vitality Academy
  • Smart City Center

Partners in (semi-)industry

  • Werkplaats Ruimte
  • Platform Gezond Ontwerp
  • Spark
  • Denk 040


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Research Output

Perceived accessibility is an important factor in transport choice : results from the avenue project

Scheepers, C. E., Wendel-Vos, G. C. W., van Kempen, E. E. M. M., de Hollander, E. L., van Wijnen, H. J., Maas, J., Hertog, F. R. J. D., Staatsen, B. A. M., Stipdonk, H. L., Int Panis, L., van Wesemael, P. J. V. & Schuit, A. J., 11 Feb 2016, In : Journal of Transport & Health. 3, 1, p. 96-106 11 p.

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  • 5 Citations (Scopus)
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    Personal and environmental characteristics associated with choice of active transport modes versus car use for different trip purposes of trips up to 7.5 kilometers in the Netherlands

    Scheepers, E., Wendel-Vos, G. C. W., Kempen, van, E., Int Panis, L., Maas, J., Stipdonk, H., Moerman, M., Hertog, den, F. R. J., Staatsen, B., Wesemael, van, P. J. V. & Schuit, A. J., 2013, In : PLoS ONE. 8, 9, p. e73105-1/10 10 p., e73105.

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    Community participation in cultural heritage management: a systematic literature review comparing Chinese and international practices

    Li, J., Krishnamurthy, S., Pereira Roders, A. & van Wesemael, P., 1 Jan 2020, In : Cities. 96, 9 p., 102476.

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  • 2 Citations (Scopus)
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    Urban Development Initiative (External organisation)

    Pieter J.V. van Wesemael (Chair)
    Sep 2019 → …

    Activity: Membership typesMembership of boardScientific

    Quality Team Brainport Smart District (External organisation)

    Pieter J.V. van Wesemael (Chair)
    Jul 2019 → …

    Activity: Membership typesMembership of boardProfessional

    Stichting Brainport Smart District (External organisation)

    Pieter J.V. van Wesemael (Chair)
    2019 → …

    Activity: Membership typesMembership of councilProfessional

    Mobile Visions, towards a vehicular urbanism (and beyond?)

    Pieter J.V. van Wesemael (Speaker)
    27 Jan 2018

    Activity: Talk or presentation typesKeynote talkScientific

    Palgrave Studies in Sub-National Governance (Journal)

    Pieter J.V. van Wesemael (Editorial board member)
    1 Jan 2018

    Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work typesEditorial activityScientific


    Press / Media

    The age-old bike is the transport means of the future

    Pieter J.V. van Wesemael


    1 item of Media coverage

    Press/Media: Expert Comment

    DCA Blog Three perspectives on cycling

    Pieter J.V. van Wesemael


    1 Media contribution

    Press/Media: Research

    Aan de universiteit tellen onderzoek en onderwijs even zwaar

    Pieter van Wesemael


    1 Media contribution

    Press/Media: Public Engagement Activities

    Studenten TU/Eindhoven: Er is nog hoop als de dijken doorbreken

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    1 Media contribution

    Press/Media: Expert Comment

    Student theses

    (S)cars: a treatment for Boston's big dig

    Author: Schilte, W., 31 Aug 2015

    Supervisor: van Wesemael, P. (Supervisor 1), Rapp, C. (Supervisor 2) & Ziegler, F. (Supervisor 2)

    Student thesis: Master


    Aan wat vooraf ging: een analoge interventie bij een bestaand gebouw

    Author: Göritzlehner, L., 30 Jun 2010

    Supervisor: Colenbrander, B. (Supervisor 1), Rapp, C. (Supervisor 2) & van Wesemael, P. (Supervisor 2)

    Student thesis: Master


    A Bijlmer experience: de Bijlmerroute als verbindend ruimtelijk en programmatisch element in de Bijlmer

    Author: van Gool, R., 28 Feb 2014

    Supervisor: van Wesemael, P. (Supervisor 1), Musch, M. (Supervisor 2) & Yegenoglu, H. (Supervisor 2)

    Student thesis: Master


    A campus in transition: adapting the Maastricht Health Campus for a future with autonomous transport

    Author: Vervuurt, R., 26 Jun 2018

    Supervisor: van Wesemael, P. (Supervisor 1), Musch, M. (Supervisor 2), de Vries, M. (Supervisor 2), Peutz, M. (Supervisor 2) & Liu, Y. (Supervisor 2)

    Student thesis: Master


    A climate adaptive campus design that improves spatial identity of the Brightlands Maastricht Health Campus

    Author: van de Logt, E., 31 Aug 2018

    Supervisor: van Wesemael, P. (Supervisor 1), Musch, M. (Supervisor 2), de Vries, M. (Supervisor 2) & Liu, Y. (Supervisor 2)

    Student thesis: Master