Marc Holvoet is landscape architect, urbanist, researcher, lecturer and social entrepreneur.
He worked as a designer and project leader for leading and internationally concerned dutch firms in the field of landscape architecture and urban design, before starting his own office Nieuwbruut with Ed Ravensbergen, after winning a number of competitions in 2010.
He was trained as a landscape architect at the Wageningen University and the Technical University of Delft in the Netherlands, and gained recognition and experience with the construction of large housing projects and urban renewal and expansion projects as well as regional planning. He was a part of international collaborations on projects in various countries, such as Finland, United Kingdom, and U.S.A.
The work of Nieuwbruut, starting with urban planning and design, progressively included doing research. On exploring processes that are shaping today’s cities and their suburbs, and the civic, social and economic domains. Last winter Marc completed a research called ‘Building Block for Liveable Neighbourhoods’. Currently he is conducting a EU-research Metamorphosis on the impact of children behaviour on mobility and liveability of city’s.
Marc Holvoet is currently also working as a lecturer and researcher for NHTV university of applied science at the department of Built Environment.
What is the most important for you in the teaching? How do you work with students? What would you like to teach them, what to transfer, what to share with them?
Creating awareness and an attitude in which students can create innovative solutions for the big challenges and questions in society. Ownership and knowledge, we can create this by coaching and debate. And especially by observing and being sensitive.
This is also my own focus at the office. I am a partner of NIEUWBRUUT Amsterdam, where I work in the field of Urban planning, Architecture and Landscape architecture.
What is interesting for you in life, art and at work?
All three questions I can catch in this one thing: How to involve people in processes concerning all questions in the city. People make things happen!
What do you do in your spare time?
When all children are busy and there is spare time left, then I do like to bike, run, kitesurf and cook.
What is inspiring you?
The history of landscape. A good knowledge of the build-up of the landscape give you so much knowledge about the cultural history, urban development, architecture and population of the area.
What is your life’s sense? What is the reason for you to get up in the morning?
Surprise, Surprise,… Carpe Diem! And mostly my two son’s and girlfriend (wife).
What are your goals, what do you dream about (not only in professional life)?
Travel around and discover the world with my family.
Is there anything else you think we should know about you?
I am married with Femke and dad of two sons, Fedde and Oscar, of 4 and 2. Recently we moved out of the city of The Hague to a little village. There we started to build-up a new live in-between the forest (for Dutch standards) and at the edge of the valley of the Ijssel. We thought It was hard to manage the change but living in a village give a lot of rest and peace.