When the interests of all those directly (and sometimes also indirectly) involved are taken seriously, the chance of developing a healthy sustainable business case increases significantly.
Prof Dr Ir Anke van Hal is professor Sustainable Building at the Center for Entrepreneurship, Governance & Stewardship (since January 2008). She was also professor Sustainable Housing Transformation at the Faculty of Architecture of the Delft University of Technology (from November 2007 till November 2017). 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 this regard she initiated the knowledge platform HomeMates. This platform asks attention for ‘the third success factor’ of energy friendly renovation processes (besides affordable costs and well-functioning technology). Her recent research is also mainly focused on this ‘third success factor’. 

Anke spent a lot of time in Canada.  Amongst others, she taught at Ryerson University in Toronto. Inspired by her Canadian experiences she started focusing on the overall improvement of so called ‘complex neighborhoods’ (neighborhoods with a combination of technical and social challenges) by combining the expertise and knowledge of sustainable building and social work specialists.

In 1989 she graduated with honors at the Department of Architecture of the Delft University of Technology. She obtained her doctorate on a thesis titled ‘Beyond the demonstration project, the diffusion of environmental innovations in housing.' She wrote several books and many articles and blogs.

Anke helpt professionals en studenten met uiteenlopende achtergronden, van duurzaamheid een gezonde business case te maken. Het door ons in de bouwsector ontwikkelde Merger of Interests pespective, is daarbij een grote steun en helpt, in de praktijk, daadwerkelijk positief verschil te maken.

Secondary Positions

Anke is a member of the Supervisory Board of Housing Association Gooi& Omstreken  and a member of several juries and advisory boards. She was member of the board of the Dutch Green Building Council and of the Supervisory Board of Triodos Real Estate Fund.

International Activities

Anke was a guest speaker at various universities abroad (in particular, Canada). In 2016 I taught the course Energy Friendly Housing Renovations at Ryerson University, Department of Architectural Science, in Toronto.


Anke is currently very interested in nature and biodiversity, and for that reason she will start a training for beekeepers.