Prof. Dr. Ir. Anke van Hal

Specialization: Sustainable Building & Development
Telephone: +31 (0)346 295 893
Center: Entrepreneurship and Stewardship
Prof. Dr. Anke van Hal, PhD, MSc is Professor of Sustainable Building & Development at Nyenrode Business Universiteit (since January 2008) and Professor of Sustainable Housing Transformation at the Faculty of Architecture of the Delft University of Technology (since November 2007).
Anke was born on April 8, 1965 in Rotterdam. She finished Selective High School (technical studies) in 1983 in Ridderkerk and subsequently studied Architecture at the Delft University of Technology. In 1989 she graduated with honors at the Department of Architecture.
For four years, she worked for the municipality of Delft in the capacity of Employee Sustainable Building, and was as such responsible for the sustainable building policy of the municipality and involved in a number of demonstration projects. From 1993 to 1996 she worked as a senior consultant for the environmental research and design firm BOOM in Delft. In this capacity too, she was closely involved in different demonstration projects in the field of sustainable building. During this period she was also involved in the implementation of environmental education in the Architecture Faculty of the TU Delft.
From 1996 to 2000 she worked at the Faculty of Architecture of TU Delft. Interrupted by four months of maternity leave, she conducted her doctoral research for a period of four years. In October 2000 she obtained her doctorate on a thesis titled ‘Beyond the demonstration project, the diffusion of environmental innovations in housing’.
During her studies she combined her technical work with journalistic activities. Having worked as an editor during her studies for the TU Delft journal Delta, she continued to publish articles on a freelance basis. In the technical journal Building (Bouw), she was responsible for the section on sustainable building. She was also the chief editor for the journal Construction Physics (Bouwfysica) of the Flemish-Dutch Association for Construction Physics. In 1995 she and a number of colleagues started the technical journal Sustainable Building (Duurzaam Bouwen). Until September 2005 she was chief editor of this journal, which was later named Pure Building (Puur Bouwen). She was the chief editor of the biannual consumer magazine Pure Living (Puur Wonen) and co-initiator/organizer of the annual Pure Living Relay (Puur Wonen Estafette). She worked as an editor at the internationally oriented English technical journal Sustainable Building.
In September 2000 Anke started her agency that aimed to bridge the gap between building and consumers. The main goal of this firm was to use market demand to promote environmentally friendly and healthy building and housing products. From September 2000 to July 2001 she was posted to the Steering Committee for Public Housing and Environment (Stuurgroep Volkshuisvesting en Milieu - SEV) and was responsible for the experimental program ‘sustainable and healthy building and living’. She subsequently left for the East coast of the United States to conduct research into the market opportunities for sustainable house-building, also commissioned by SEV. Since her return in the summer of 2002 till the moment she started working at the universities, she worked for government agencies (both municipal and federal), educational and research institutes, publishers, architects, project developers, realtors, housing associations, congress organizations and private customers. Often in close consultation with other consulting firms.
As a professor she developed a sustainable business approach (the Merger of Interests) which covers most of her work. Her main interest is the challenge of a sustainable transformation of existing dwellings and neighborhoods. In addition, she wrote several books and many articles.
The PDF and presentation of her Inaugural lecture are both available in PDF.
Other positions
Anke has a chair in the jury at the Nationale Bouwprijs and Dubo-awards. She is scientific partner at the NRP academy and CEE-Think Tank TU Delft. Besides that, Anke is a member of the Scientific Board of Greenlabel, Advisory Board of MKBA Woningcorporatiesector (social costs and benefits Dutch social Housing sector), Advisory Board of ‘Evaluatie energiebeleid BZK’ (evaluation Dutch Ministerial Energy Policy in the built environment), Advisory Board of Sustainability in Education of Building Professionals and Advisory Board Network ‘Duurzaam Gebouwd’. In addition, she has a chair in the Advisory Board of mini MBA Energy, a board membership of Dutch Green Building Council and regularly participates in juries. She is also a member of the Alzheimer Genootschap and Vision Group BENG (Biltse EnergieNeutrale Gemeenschap).

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