We are PosadMaxwan: urban designers who believe 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 inclusivity. 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. In 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).  

Our team

Stefano Agliati

Intern

"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

Project leader, 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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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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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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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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Andrea Civani

Urban designer, architect

“At PosadMaxwan you work in an international environment. Everyone brings in something from his or her own background, and that makes it an inspiring place. It’s also a flat organisation. Everyone counts, and what you say matters. My work is the result of this total synergy.”

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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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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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Koen Hezemans

Urban designer

“Discussing what quality means in urban space is what I like most about my work at PosadMaxwan. When quality is lacking, you need to be able to identify what’s gone wrong and what you can do to change it. Spatial quality can’t be ignored, especially now that densification is a big challenge facing cities.”

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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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Froukje van de Klundert

Project leader, 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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Neil Moncrieff

Landscape designer

“There are likely few disciplines like urbanism, where one must absolutely consider the global implications of small-scale interventions and the local impacts of regional and global strategies for change. A resident’s experience of a local park can be traced, through the increasing scales of interacting urban systems, back to a regional energy policy or an ecological corridor. Now that’s power – sort of."

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Gintarė Norkūnaitė

Urban designer

“The lunchtime talks is what I value most about the company culture at PosadMaxwan. They’re a great way to share knowledge and find out more about each other. And there’s also an after-work talk one Thursday a month, so there’s more time for discussion and to enjoy a drink together. I also like the office trips, when the PosadMaxwan partners come along too. It’s nice to spend time with them outside the office and get to know them better.”

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Vincent Peters

Landscape architect

“The partners encourage initiative and research. That means we get the opportunity to dive deeper into specific material and develop an informed opinion. We also make time to enjoy life, though. We recently had an oysters-and-champagne lunch!”

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Michiel Raats

Project leader, urban designer, architect

“Like all designers, we literally help shape the world of the future. Designs aren’t so much representations of how the world is going to look but more attempts to show how the environment might look – how it might function, and which opportunities that will bring. Sometimes a map or an aerial view can entice someone to think in a new way. Other times, a design is an instrument for starting a conversation in order to make change possible. That’s what I like best about my job.”

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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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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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Corné Strootman

Landscape designer

“What I value most about the company culture here, is that PosadMaxwan really helps me to develop as a designer. At weekly designer meetings, we exchange knowledge and techniques and give short lectures on topics we’re passionate about. This allows me to learn from others’ experiences and reflect on my own.”

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Michał Strupiński

Urban designer, architect

“The number of projects you work on at the same time is what I like best about my job. There’s always something to do, and you never get stuck doing one thing for too long, so your brain is forced to stay active and flexible. Even more important, however, is the fact that literally everyone in the office is glad to help at any time. These two things make it a vibrant and inspiring environment to work in.”

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Froukje Taconis

Project leader, 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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Eva Verberne

Visualisation specialist

“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

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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