Initiators

Jo Coenen (l) and Luc Soete presented their new plan to the neighborhood networks on November 20.

Jo Coenen, Heerlen (1949) took part in international competitions as a scientific employee of the architecture faculty of Eindhoven University of Technology around 1977. After experiences at Aldo van Eyck & Theo Bosch in Amsterdam, Luigi Snozzi in Locarno and James Stirling in Düsseldorf, he started his own practice in Eindhoven/Maastricht in 1980 immediately after presenting his work at the Venice Biennale. From his international studios in Berlin, Luxembourg, Zurich and Milan, he was part of prominent international juries. He has received various prizes and awards, including the BNA cube 1995, Knight in the Order of the Netherlands Lion 2014, the ARC20 oeuvre award 2020 and honorary memberships of the Bund Deutscher Architekten 1995 and the American Institute of Architects 2009. For the Netherlands he held the position of Chief Government Architect in 2000-2004, received an honorary doctorate from the Open University in 2004 and was a professor at the technical universities of Karlsruhe, Aachen, Lausanne, Milan and Delft

Luc Soete, Sint-Jans-Molenbeek (1950) has been professor of International Economic Relations at the School of Business and Economics of Maastricht University since 1986. In 1988 he founded MERIT, a research institute that over the years grew into a leading research institute in the economic analysis of technological development and innovation and became part of the United Nations University (UNU) in 2005. From 2012 to 2016 he was Rector Magnificus of Maastricht University. After his retirement, he became vice-chairman of the Supervisory Board of TU Delft and dean of the Brussels School of Governance at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel. He received honorary doctorates from Ghent University, the Université de Liège and Sussex University. He is a member of the Royal Dutch Academy of Sciences. In 2018 he wrote the strategic action plan Randstad South Limburg. In 2019, the strategic action plan for the Central Area of ​​South Limburg: “From Green Heart to Green Lung”.

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