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).
"To create smart, sustainable and enjoyable for people city you need a team of passionate designers. Designers who will keep pushing their ideas forward, while constantly updating their knowledge and doing research. That is what I found at PosadMaxwan and what makes me proud of being part of this team. Colleagues learn from one another, share knowledge and inspirations and constantly develop tools to make our work more effective."@
"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."@
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."@
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.”@
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.”@
“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.”@
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.”@
"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)."@
"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."@
“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.”@
"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."@
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.”@
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.@
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.@
"Personally, PosadMaxwan stands out not only for its research-based approach to many of its tasks and projects, but also the open atmosphere. This creates a working environment where knowledge is produced rapidly and shared - throughout the entire office - which results in a breeding ground for solutions to the most complex urban challenges that we, society, face. What else is there to ask for in an urban design company?"
"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."@
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!"@
"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."@
"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."@
“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.”@
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.”@
"As a GIS specialist at PosadMaxwan I have learned to look beyond GIS-data and analyses, and instead to focus more on the design aspects of making maps and qualitative visualizations. In addition, what I like about PosadMaxwan is that one can work on a lot of different projects dealing with various topics like the energy transition, urbanization strategies and healthy urbanism, in a small amount of time."@
"What I love most about working at PosadMaxwan is the variety. Variety in the work we do, the places we visit and the topics we research. It stimulates us to keep an open attitude and to keep constantly learning. Combine that with the diversity of the people working here and our culture of sharing (even our weirdest hobbies or passion projects) with each other, and you get a place that is full of energy, inspiration and the courage to explore new ideas."@
"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."@
"I relish the great working environment we have at the office. From the view of the Hague to the tasteful lunch, it makes me happy to come to the office every morning to see my colleagues again and work with them on challenging projects."@
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.”@
"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)."@
"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."@
"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."@
"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."@
"What I love about PosadMaxwan is that the company eats sustainably, thinks and above all stands for sustainable. Team consists of diversity, powerful thinkers and creative members but also flexible and humorous! At PosadMaxwan I have started to change my lifestyle. I now live more consciously when it comes to being sustainable and making healthier food choices."
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.
"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."@
"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!"@
"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!"@
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.”@
“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.”@
"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."@
"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."@
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.”@
"I believe that to be an urban planner you have to care about people. This is the meaning of this type of work: creating a friendly environment for people to live in. The PosadMaxwan team is a group of impressively talented and competent people who indeed want to use their abilities for the benefit of others. They show that caring begins with caring about each other by providing support and sharing knowledge or- almost funny jokes- whatever you need."
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!"@
"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."@
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.”@
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.”@
"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."@
"I love working at PosadMaxwan because of the people and the office culture. I am surrounded by a diverse group of creative people who I can learn from every day. I believe there is a lot of room to set goals, learn and improve with help from colleagues when needed. Every day I get to work in a beautiful urban office and socialise with my colleagues over an amazing vegetarian lunch made by our amazing chef!"@
"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."@
"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."@