Director Department of Urban Planning and Sustainability
City of Amsterdam

Josja van der Veer is Director Department of Urban Planning and Sustainability at the City of Amsterdam. She is an urban geographer and has long time experience as an area developer, working with international and national architects.
Josja has worked in many large cities, developing her expertise and skills in many different roles: as a researcher, as a client for real estate developers, in programming, as a policymaker and in the real estate business. She has operated on both sides of the playfield, for government as well as commercial real estate. Josja builds bridges and creates synergy between different worlds.
The Amsterdam Department of Urban Planning and Sustainability is developing innovative policy that creates space for the sustainable development of Amsterdam and the region, an area that serves a market of over 10 million people. These integrated policies help push forward transitions in different fields: environment, energy, mobility and housing. We create a vision for the city government , that embraced the circular model presented by Kate Raworth, and we help prepare the city for balanced growth in the next decade, creating a green, inclusive, healthy, liveable and economic sustainable city for all: residents, entrepreneurs and visitors.
For the last ten years Josja van der Veer played a leading role in the Campus development at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam within the Innovation District in the new booming Zuidas area of Amsterdam. In this Innovation District a new part of Amsterdam has been created, with a lot of attention to sustainability, hospitality, meeting spaces and space for entrepreneurs, students and researchers who wish to live on the campus site. Josja is chairperson for the jury’s of two annual Dutch rewards : The Abe Bonnema reward for architects and the Neprom reward for project development in the Netherlands.

Speaking at the Following:

Feb 10

Wednesday, February 10, 2021

Putting the pieces together

12:40 PM – 1:20 PM

Building better places requires vision, expertise and capital. We bring those forces together to discuss the opportunities that arise and what is needed to tackle real estate’s structural challenges in a backdrop of challenging market conditions.