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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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Projects 2016 2021

Research Output 1988 2020

5 Citations (Scopus)
4 Downloads (Pure)

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.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Active Biological Transport
Railroad cars
human being
sports facility
33 Citations (Scopus)
99 Downloads (Pure)

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.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Open Access
active transport
Active Biological Transport
Railroad cars
6 Downloads (Pure)
Open Access
Digital Libraries
1 Citation (Scopus)
5 Downloads (Pure)

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.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

local participation
cultural heritage
literature review
Open Access

Activities 2000 2019

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

Pieter van Wesemael


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