At PosadMaxwan we believe - as urban designers - in healthy, sustainable, smart cities. More and more people are moving to urban areas, even as cities face major challenges around climate, mobility, health and inclusion. It’s a complex puzzle that calls for new spatial solutions.

At PosadMaxwan, we identify important, urgent tasks and ask relevant questions. How can metropolitan Amsterdam stay accessible and remain a pleasant place to live and work? What can Zuid-Holland province do to help its residents lead healthy lives? How can Antwerp densify its 20th-century districts while enhancing their quality?

 

We work with clients who are open to exploring new pathways and curious about innovative, unconventional ideas. We help them by showing them what a clean, healthy city looks like and what we can do today to move toward that goal. We achieve this through research, strategy, design and implementation. Our team of masterminds and master planners dives deep into problems, deploys data to find human solutions, and connects levels of scale. This way, we render challenges comprehensible so we can make decisions based in the here and now.

Specialised challenges call for specialised knowledge. That’s why we work with a wide range of partners. The most important of these is Generation.Energy, a consultancy devoted to facilitating the energy transition. Generation.Energy is a spin-off of PosadMaxwan.

“We help clients by showing them what a clean, healthy city looks like and what we can do today to move toward that goal.”

PosadMaxwan was established in 2018 following a merger between the urban planning agencies Posad and Maxwan. Our international team consists primarily of urban planners, researchers and landscape architects, led by partners Han Dijk, Rients Dijkstra and Emile Revier. Each team member plays a valuable, specific role designed around his or her individual strengths.

We apply our urbanist ideals to the company culture as well as in our work. That means we encourage an active knowledge exchange between colleagues, take public transport when we can, and provide our employees with a daily vegetarian lunch. Perhaps most importantly of all, though, we encourage a balance between hard work on one hand and fun on the other. This keeps us ready and able to take on the most diverse, challenging assignments.
 

PosadMaxwan's favourite cities

 

We have one thing in common at PosadMaxwan: we all love cities. Attractive cities, sustainable cities, innovative cities – we love to work on them, and we love to be in them. This interactive map shows the world’s greatest cities - in our opinion, anyway. Click on a city to find out what makes it special (and for whom, former team members included).  

Our team

Stefano Agliati

Urban Designer

"As urban designers we create better environments, and improving our own work spaces is a good place to start. That’s why I love PosadMaxwan. It’s more than a place to work; it’s a place to live, to learn, have fun and grow, both individually and together as a team. A healthy, sustainable studio is the best way to start building healthy, sustainable cities."

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Cateau Albers

Urban Designer, Researcher

"Not only is the entire team at PosadMaxwan fascinated by cities, the office spirit puts me in mind of a city as well. Just like in a big city, there’s always something happening, and no two days are alike. The enthusiastic international team creates a dynamic, innovative, fun vibe. The work is challenging and the learning curve is steep, but the team is always ready to help. And, a bit like wandering in a city, you can explore your own path and develop your talents."

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Elbert Arens

Associate, Urban Designer, Architect

“The open atmosphere is what I appreciate most at PosadMaxwan. Everyone here is different but we’re all equal. You’re allowed to say what you think, and if you have a good argument you’ll truly be listened to. The projects are managed through a clear-cut office structure, which gives partners, project managers and designers peace of mind. That creates space for relaxation and a dash of humour.”

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Vincent Babeş

Urban Designer, Architect

“At PosadMaxwan everyone is keen to help you succeed. The intense work flow and deadlines mean you’re inevitably communicating closely with colleagues here. That means that, for example, a design or software problem that would take me an hour to solve by myself can be dealt with in five minutes.”

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Ganesh Babu

Urban designer

“As an Urbanist at PosadMaxwan, I get to work across scales in exciting and relevant projects. The intelligent, passionate, and resourceful team at PosadMaxwan helps turn abstract notions of myriad actors into concrete realities over various planning processes and I love to be a part of this process and contribute meaningfully to it.”

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Francesca Becchi

Urban Designer, Architect

“I’ve gained a new perspective at PosadMaxwan on how the urban environment relates to the landscape. Urban planning is about more than organising functions, streets and squares. It also means coordinating all the spatial requirements of residents, groups and local government. It’s very important that every spatial intervention is approached in an integral way.”

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Yeeun Boo

GIS Specialist

"As an urbanist, I appreciate the strong spirit of ‘research-by-design’ at PosadMaxwan, which directly translates into better quality of future urban space. The impartible research-based approach in combating the growing demands of cities adds value in the process of multiple feedback and builds the integral model across scales (global to local) and medium (hard and soft)."

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Juliette Brouwer

Intern

"What I love about my work is the diversity of topics that could be addressed through urban design. Designing opens up a world of possibilities in which it is our task to find the right direction for a specific case. To illustrate, one day you will be puzzled with the question of how to adapt a certain district to extreme weather events, while the other day the question of a socially diverse neighbourhood is the key topic of investigation."

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Elena Bulanova

Urban Designer

“It’s better being at the PosadMaxwan office than being at home! There are fresh flowers on the table, the fruit bowl is always full, the selection of teas is endless – thanks to me – and the view of The Hague is amazing. And the icing on the cake: the library is full of interesting books.”

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Margaux Caboche

Urban designer

"What I like about working at PosadMaxwan is the ambition. People here are fully committed to doing everything possible for a better environment. The idea is never limit yourself to what you know or what you would normally do. There is a general enthusiasm at PosadMaxwan and I find that very motivating."

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Shuangyun Chen

Urban Designer

"I love to think bold about the city and bring them back to the realistic world. The free-thinking challenges my old understanding of the cities, and bringing them to real offers other insights how a city organizes itself, sustains and grows. PosadMaxwan offers various opportunities for me to hear voices from different people and to react from different views."

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Elena Chevtchenko

Landscape & Urban Designer, Architect

“I believe the only way to change the world for the better is through ideas. Posad has for years succeeded not only in generating its own intellectual discourse but in getting paid to do it. That’s seriously cool, and I’m proud to be a part of it, and now of the merged company.” 

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Chantal Defesche

Marketing Communications Specialist

“What I enjoy most about my job is strategically linking the agency’s ambitions to its communications. Where does PosadMaxwan want to go, and how can we use PR to get there? The projects the office works on are fascinating too; they generate stories that are important to tell. Issues like the energy transition and healthy, livable cities really matter.”

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Han Dijk

Partner

Han Dijk (b. 1979) was a founding partner of Posad in 2006. He has extensive experience with large, complex assignments involving broad groups of stakeholders. As a firm believer in healthy urbanisation, he has led large-scale design research projects in this area for clients including the cities of Utrecht and Rotterdam. Other projects in recent years have centred on urban public space and greenery; these include a redesign of the Leidschendam-Voorburg station area and a redevelopment plan for The Hague’s Binckhorst district. He also works as a guest lecturer in the Netherlands and abroad.

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Rients Dijkstra

Partner

Rients Dijkstra (b. 1961) holds a degree in architecture and urban planning from Delft University of Technology. After founding the firm Maxwan in 1994, he worked on the design and implementation of projects including the Utrecht suburb Leidsche Rijn, Rotterdam Central Station, the Antwerp ring road, and Barking Riverside London, as well as on prizewinning designs for urban public space. He served as the Dutch Government Advisor on Infrastructure and the City from 2012 to 2016, advising the state on urban development and the interplay between cities and mobility. He has worked as a part-time professor of urban design at Delft University of Technology since 2015.

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Gabriel Duarte

Urban Designer

I am fascinated and excited by how urban design is about handling issues simultaneously. It is multi-layered, complex and forces you to adapt constantly. And PosadMaxwan embraces this transdisciplinary culture like no other. Nothing is taken for granted, and all voices are heard at all times. We are frequently stimulated to question ourselves. Like cities, we are always changing, and I love it!

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Lisa Gerards

Urban Designer

"The variety of projects and the strong focus on knowledge sharing make it great to work as an urban designer at PosadMaxwan. The office-wide collaboration on knowledge sharing allows me to learn from the research that has already been done and challenges me to define how I want to add to the expertise in the office. It’s a fascinating place to work on healthier and more sustainable cities."

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Martina Germanà

Urban Designer, Architect

"What I appreciate about PosadMaxwan is that everyone’s voice counts. I like that colleagues spend time involving you in every process behind a project, and that they try to bring out the best in each person. The atmosphere is very friendly, and passion drives everyone's work, which ensures it's always exciting!"

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Mathias Gorz

Urban designer

"From my very first day at PosadMaxwan I felt positive vibes. It is a very collaborative, non-hierarchical workplace that thrives on diversity of projects, ideas, and people. I think the agency is quite unique thanks to our three teams bridging strategy and design. Each of them is driven by talented designers and planners, experts in shaping sustainable environment, but also in keeping fun in the process."

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Emma de Haan

3D Designer

"There are a lot of reasons why I enjoy coming to work, both from a personal and professional perspective. Professionally, it is an office that truly seeks improvement of the places in which we live. Discussions of healthy, sustainable, inclusive and better cities are the basis of all concept development discussions. They are not afterthoughts, but integral concepts of the PosadMaxwan designs. Personally, it is an office where employees are approachable, generous with time and experience, truly encouraged to be themselves and always seeking genuine feedback, learning and improvement."

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Gijs de Haan

Urban Designer

“The merger of Posad and Maxwan has brought together a wide range of expertise, from developing regional strategies to creating detailed designs. Working at PosadMaxwan allows me to research the fundamental issues that cities are facing and also to translate them into concrete design projects. I find that constant movement between levels of scale, topics and approaches incredibly exciting.”

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René Heijne

Urban Designer, Architect

“PosadMaxwan isn’t an ivory tower; it’s firmly anchored in the real world. The agency’s agenda and projects have a scope befitting the social challenges that matter today. It’s also a very nonhierarchical organisation. All that makes it an exciting place to work.”

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Ada Jaśkowiec

Urban Designer, Architect

“I was educated as an architect, and at PosadMaxwan I learn more every day about how to filter my vision and look at the city to see the life between buildings, instead of only admiring the architectural craft of singular edifices.”

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Maria Kibera

Urban designer

"The ability to work within a team, putting ideas together to come up with a consolidated design. I love working with the different people on the team that have such a wide background and skill set. As a result, I am understanding the Dutch planning system and improving my skills by the day. I do not take it for granted that the people within the different teams do not hesitate to offer a helping hand where necessary."

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Minseong Kim

Intern

"What I love about PosadMaxwan is that there is always a source of inspiration, where I can learn about the fascinating projects done in the past from the fine details to the process; it keeps me excited and can widen my scope with diverse aspects of urban questions of the time. It also means that I could learn about the invaluable processes that are based on the reflections of the team's experiences."

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Froukje van de Klundert

Associate, Urban Designer, Architect

“We get a lot of unusual, complicated requests to do things like create a vision of the future or map a complex system. We bring these sci-fi-esque assignments down to earth at PosadMaxwan, without lapsing into doomsday scenarios. They can be there sometimes, but as designers we prefer to contribute to a positive view of the world.”

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Annemaryn Koedood

Communications Officer

"What I like most about my work here at PosadMawan is that I can support themes that I find very important in my day-to-day life, namely sustainability and inclusivity. Being able to translate my passions into impactful actions is what makes my work here so enjoyable (and being surrounded by lots of plants every day of course)."

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Jurre van Kuijk

Urban designer

"Working at PosadMaxwan gives me the opportunity to work on a large variety of projects, ranging from large scale strategies to detailed urban plans. It is a place where everyone is able to grow and learn from each other, sharing knowledge and skills in a very open and transparant environment. Besides that there is a nice balance between work and time for activities."

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Marianne Lefever

Urban Designer

"I love that all our projects directly contribute to a better future. And especially that we keep challenging ourselves to constantly redefine what "better" means. For now, it is more sustainable, inclusive, and healthy but who knows what will emerge tomorrow? The thrill of operating at the forefront of innovation and creating impact daily just gives me so much energy."

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Gintarė Norkūnaitė

Urban Designer

"The company has good values. Sustainability and striving for healthier cities have a prominent role in projects. Therefore, with every project, I feel I can make a positive impact on the environment. The design process is collaborative. Design meetings are the moments when ideas are collectively shaped. Everybody from a team, from an intern to a partner, can contribute in an open, non-hierarchical setting."

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Emile Revier

Partner

Emile Revier (b. 1979) studied at the Ecole d’Architecture Paris-Belleville and Delft University of Technology. In 2012 he became a partner at Posad. Emile oversees a range of projects focusing on regional accessibility, smart mobility and climate adaptation, including the accessibility programme for the Amsterdam metropolitan region and the sustainable redevelopment of the area around the railway station in Leiden. Emile also works for PosadMaxwan on the ongoing development of new process, design and planning strategies for the built environment. A recent assignment bringing all these aspects together is the development of a spatial vision for the Delft University of Technology campus.

 

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Michelle de Roo

Landscape Designer

"The urban landscape is full of spaces that need a green touch. Knowing what plants can do for us at the large scale planning level and filling in the green spaces with trees and plants later in the process are what makes being a landscape designer so interesting at PosadMaxwan. I will be planning and painting with planting to create healthier cities of the future."

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Charly Rozenberg

Office Manager

"Office Management means ensuring everyone can keep doing what he or she is good at. My favorite part is helping everyone as best we can, so they can keep working with a smile. Ensuring optimal work opportunities and culture, that is Office Management at PosadMaxwan!"

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Zuzanna Sekula

Landscape architect

"What I like mostly about working in PosadMaxwan is people and the healthy, inclusive atmosphere. Thanks to non-hierarchical structure, everybody is included in the design process, encourage to speak up and to share ideas. We are given a lot of space for development and research, and I feel I learn something every single day!"

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Tomer Shachaf

Urban Planner, GIS Specialist

“For me, PosadMaxwan stands out for its research-based approach to design. It integrates hard data with ‘soft’ creativity and intuition. This enables us to make well-founded, aesthetically pleasing products that convey a message and help to reshape the living environment. PosadMaxwan’s internationalism is another good reason to work here.”

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Yue Shen

Urban Designer

“Problem-solving and critical thinking are the two things that fascinate me most in the field of urbanism. Strategic planning is another aspect that offers a lot of interesting possibilities. I’d like to explore how it works in the Netherlands and in other contexts.”

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Yuxuan Song

Intern

"First, I love the research process in PosadMaxwan which can generate new knowledge to better serve design. Furthermore, as a landscape architect, working at PosadMaxwan is a whole new experience. I try to analyse problems in a more extensive social context instead of only focusing on planting or biodiversity, which gives me a new understanding of the public space in city. "

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Joline Snel

Urban designer and communications officer

"I think it is important that PosadMaxwan works on social issues that are meaningful, and that the projects focus on sustainable, healthy and attractive cities. It is satisfying to work as an urban planner on projects that are relevant and that aim to make the world a better place. It is also a rewarding task to be able to tell the story behind the projects that everyone is working so passionately on."

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Willemien van der Stelt

Communications officer

"I love the opportunity to share PosadMaxwan's ideas, projects and vision with the public. It is great to be able to contribute in this way to important themes such as sustainability and urbanization – and thus contribute to a better future."

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Maria Symeonidi

Urban Designer

"What I like the most about working at PosadMaxwan is that everyone can express their opinions and ideas openly. It is an extremely creative and open environment that values collaboration and teamwork. I am very happy to be working along some very talented and charismatic people, that motivate me to improve and grow as an urban designer every day."

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Froukje Taconis

Associate, Urban Designer, Architect

“At PosadMaxwan, what matters is people, and concern and attention for others. There’s room for lots of different people, and the firm tries to help everyone make an optimum contribution to the team by keeping them comfortable.”

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Laura Thomas

Urban Designer, Researcher

"PosadMaxwan gives me the freedom and responsibility I enjoy. There is room for new ideas and experiments – and this keeps me enthusiastic!"

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Ioannis Triantafyllidis

GIS specialist

"At PosadMaxwan it is always about the people. In every project and in the working environment, people and their needs always come first. That is why working here makes you feel destined to succeed. The combination of research-based holistic approach to designing healthy and resilient cities is what makes this team to stand out. Everyone is encouraged to share his ideas, and grow through their work."

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Eva Verberne

Visualisation Specialist & Designer

“My favourite aspect of working at PosadMaxwan is the opportunity to play sidekick to many different colleagues, from the other designers and researchers to PR, while being a designer with a lot of visual freedom at the same time. There are different questions, subjects and solutions every day.” 

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Shirley Voermans

Associate, Office Manager

“The informal company culture, the diverse group of employees, and the freedom I have mean I look forward to going to work every day. My role is also a varied one, so I get to work in a lot of different areas.”

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Melissa de Vos

Office Manager

"I love to work with the creative and diverse teams at PosadMaxwan, to assist them as best as I can, so they can thrive and create inspiring new projects. Sustainability plays a big role in my own life and I really like the fact that I can support the creation of projects that care about our future. And last but not least: I love this office and its vibe with all the plants."

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Shinnosuke Wasswa

Intern

"Coming from a multi-cultural background, the diversity of the office makes me feel at home. Even more homely, the PoMa family has an array of personalities ranging from the comical character who gives everyone a good laugh, to the table tennis fanatics who squeeze in a game between deadlines. The office has enough room for you to be yourself and to grow both personally and professionally."

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Karlou Westerbeek

Urban designer

"I enjoy the variety of projects we work on at PosadMaxwan, moving over different scales and covering various topics. The team consists of people with many different expertises and passions. That makes PosadMaxwan a creative and inspiring place to work. We learn from each other everyday and that is how we grow as designers but also as a company."

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You Wu

Urban Designer

"As urbanists, we cherish culture and identity and explore how to define them for cities. At PosadMaxwan, we design by doing research first in order to build sustainable, healthy and smart cities, which is thrilling way to gain more knowledge. I think PosadMaxwan is a good place for me to learn, grow and explore possibilities."

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