Mensen

Ons team bestaat uit getalenteerde duurzaamheidsexperts in meer dan twintig disciplines, waaronder wetenschappers, ingenieurs, architecten, stedebouwkundigen, programmeurs, vormgevers en managers.

We zijn enorm trots op de mix aan specialisten en kennishouders die ons in staat stelt het gehele plaatje te overzien alvorens we ons richten op details.

Vanwege ons globale werkterrein hebben we representatie in verschillende landen, waaronder Nederland, de Verenigde Staten en Mexico. De meeste van onze experts spreken meerdere talen en zijn individueel benaderbaar en beschikbaar.

Rotterdam

Tom Bosschaert

Director

Tom is the founder and director of Except, and the visionary force behind its development. Starting Except at the age of 19 in 1999, his vision was to find systemic solutions for our societal challenges by combining science, business, design and communication. His vision shows that we can flourish globally when we integrate environmental, societal, economical and technical aspects at the same time. In the past decades Tom developed  over 500 projects pioneering projects for cities, buildings, business, policy, and industry. 

Tom has been increasingly recognized as a leader in sustainability thinking, the circular economy and systemic innovation. In 2014 he was elected number 38 of most influential sustainability  professionals in the Netherlands by  the national newspaper Trouw, and ranked  number 21 on the Dutch Sustainable Real Estate awards.  In 2017 his initiative, the   UCo center for sustainable entrepreneurship  in Utrecht    opened, bringing together over 150 sustainability pioneers in the first energy neutral, circular and  healthy listed heritage building in Europe.

Tom develops the Symbiosis in Development (SiD) methodology that lies at the core of Except’s operations. SiD combines systems thinking, complexity analysis, iterative design thinking and co-creation in multi-disciplinary teams. With SiD Tom leads transdisciplinary teams  to develop pioneering solutions that breach the frontier of what's possible. These include solutions for the circular economy, natural capital, smart urban redevelopment, bio-based economy, and resilience research and development.

Project highlights
As director and designer, he's driven Except's bio-based architectural and urban designs, such as the Merredin Algae plant, Shanghai vertical agriculture tower systems and the urban redevelopment of large and small cities around the world. This includes  their energy systems, ecosystem services, resource metabolisms, business models and the health and happiness of their people. In 2016 he launched the concept of Catalytic buildings. He spearheads developments ranging from software for supply chain optimization to sustainable agriculture systems such as Polydome.

Studies
After his Master in Industrial Design Engineering from Delft, Tom studied Architecture in Australia at the University of Western Australia, and obtained his Masters in Architecture & Urban Planning from Yale University. Tom has worked and lectured in Australia, Canada, China, the Netherlands, Belgium, Italy,  and the United States. He teaches as a guest-lecturer in various universities and publishes articles regularly.

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Jacob Verhaart

Industrial Ecologist

Jacob is Except's resident genius scientist. As an industrial ecologist, Jacob knows everything about energy and material flows, urban metabolism, impact and life cycle assessment, and the circular economy. As an engineer, Jacob has particular love for building systems and sustainable building practices.  Jacob always always wants to know everything there is to know about a subject. When he was little, his favorite word was “why?”.

That condition never got better. He is fascinated by nature, architecture and technology. He would like to get to know as much as there is to know about sustainability and translate that into concrete solutions for improving the world.

Jacob has a humanist’s understanding of social policy coupled with an engineers’ appreciation of practicality. In the last four years he helped to increase the understanding of the interaction of office workers with their thermal environment, in his role as a researcher at the TU Eindhoven in the department of Building Physics and Services. Comfort through user involvement is essential to make buildings better and more sustainable. Technology is there to help people in making doing the right thing easier.

This practical side is also visible when Jacob designs and builds furniture. The best furniture is esthetically pleasing, is useful and makes life easier. Additional advantage is that woodworking and building is a relaxing activity, and therefore it’s no surprise that a large portion of Jacobs house is filled with his own creations.

Jacob has a PhD in building physics from Eindhoven University, a Master’s degree in Industrial Ecology from Delft and Leiden Universities, and a Bachelor’s in Aerospace Engineering.

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Antonia Sore

Architect

Antonia is an architect with many different passions. Her dream is to create interactive architecture that focuses on people and the natural environment, making them involved actors instead of just passive users. Her main goal is to design towards sustainability and not only energy-efficiency. With that in mind she challenges herself to always look from different perspectives in order to design solutions that embody economical, ecological and social sustainability.

Born and raised in 1700 year old Split on a Dalmatian coast, she has developed a sensitivity towards cultural and natural heritage since childhood. At the age of 19 Antonia moved to Italy where she graduated in Bachelor and Master degree in Architecture at the University of Florence. During her studies she has developed an interest in Urban Sociology and ever since is passionate in research about the interaction between the built environment and people’s behaviour.

Antonia joined Except initially as an intern during her 2nd level Post-Graduate Course “Sustainable Design of the built environment” and was part of the 1st Except Academy, a learning platform for interns. As an associate she continues to support the academy team, eager to further strengthen her skills and help others do the same.

As an architect she believes that design is not only about the form and aesthetics but rather about the added value it generates for the environment and the society. She wants to contribute to re-building cities where people are engaged and active part of the change. In everything she does she always asks herself: why are we doing what we do and how are we contributing to the environment we live in.

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Luca Gennari

Environmental Engineering Consultant

Luca is een expert in  Duurzame Bouwkunde en Civiele Techniek die na jaren studie en onderzoek zijn opgedane kennis en expertise  bij Except in de praktijk brengt.

Als kind was het Lego dat Luca inspireerde om te gaan bouwen. Na een paar jaar studeren, onderzoek en werk werd de natuur zijn grootste bron van inspiratie. Luca streeft naar het  bereiken van energieoptimalisatie, de reductie van impact op de omgeving en het maximaliseren van het leefcomfort. Met deze ambitie in gedachten, richtte hij zijn educatie en de eerste jaren van zijn professionele carrière op groene gebouwen. Na een  Bachelor in Environmental Engineering in Italië,  werkte hij voor een adviesbureau en leverancier van gebouw-energiemodelleringssoftware. Geïnspireerd door  de prestatie van de Deense overheid, besloot hij om zijn land te verlaten om een Master in Building Engineering aan de Techniche Universiteit  van  Denemarken te gaan doen, waar hij de Energy Saving-opleiding volgde. Hierdoor kon hij werken aan de Solar Decathlon 2014 en voor  het  International Center for Indoor Environment and Energy.

Na  een jaar gewerkt te hebben als onderzoeker in Denemarken voelde hij een behoefte om een stap voorwaarts te maken. Hij wilde werken aan meer tastbare projecten, samen met anderen,  om het constructiesysteem  duurzamer te maken. De combinatie van slimme bouwcomponenten en efficiënte  services boden die stap voorwaarts.  Bij Except kan hij deze factoren onderzoeken, en tegelijkertijd het gebouw als levend organisme onderzoeken, met de stedelijke structuur als  diens ecosysteem. Hij is onderdeel van de tweede Except Academy en werkt als freelancer aan andere projecten.

Geboren en getogen in de wieg van de Renaissance, Italië, heeft hij een  gevoeligheid ontwikkeld voor cultureel en natuurlijk erfgoed, wat hij combineert met zijn  bouwkundige kennis. Hij gelooft dat innovatie voortvloeit uit traditie;  het één sluit het ander zeker niet uit. 

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Brian Baldassarre

Designer and Researcher

Brian is ontwerper en onderzoeker.  Zijn expertise bij Except is het analyseren en synthetiseren van  informtaie rondom bedrijven, technologie en mensen. Hiermee  ontwikkelt hij nieuwe duurzame producten, diensten, ervaringen en waardevoorstellen. Zijn achtergrond combineert technische ontwerpkwaliteiten met creatief denken en een business mindset. Hij is BSc  in Productontwerp aan de  Politecnico di Milano University en MSc in Ontwerpstrategie aan de  Delft University of Technology. Hij specialiseerde zich daar in  Technology for Sustainable Development.

Toen Brian drie jaar oud was kwam hij voor het eerst in aanraking met de natuur in de bergen in Italië. Hij besloot paleontoloog te worden om de wereld te verkennen, op zoek naar fossielen. Op zijn zestiende  verliet hij thuishaven Rome, om te gaan studeren, wonen en werken in verschillende landen, waaronder Italië, de Verenigde Staten, Spanje, Honduras, Nederland, India, Colombia en Zuid-Afrika. Hij houdt van schetsen met een zwarte fineliner, zijn gedachten op papier zetten, lezen over mensen die echt iets bijgedragen hebben, akoestische gitaar spelen, rotsklimmen en bovenal op ontdekkingsreis gaan: verre plekken ontdekken en nieuwe mensen spreken om de wereld te leren kennen.

Brian  gelooft in de actieve rol van de ontwerper in de transitie  naar duurzaamheid. Hij heeft gewerkt aan diverse internationale ontwikkelingen voor kleine social businesses en grote NGO's in Latijns-Amerika en Azië. Hij is ook strategisch consultant geweest op het gebied van duurzaamheidsdiensten en bedrijfsinnovatie. Als onderzoeker aan de  Product Innovation Management-afdeling van de TU  Delft onderzocht hij de factoren voor de succesvolle implementatie van ontwerpprojecten in nieuwe marktsegmenten. Hij leerde er hoe duurzaamheidsdoelstellingen de katalysator zijn voor innovatie van businessmodellen, door principes van Design Thinking en duurzaam ondernemerschap .

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Angela Moriggi

Social Scientist

Angela is a social scientist strongly committed to producing bold research with an impact. She believes that ‘regeneration’ should become the new lingua franca of any individual, collective and institutional transformation towards sustainability.  After several years working in multidisciplinary teams, Angela joined Except as part of SUSPLACE.

Angela discovered her passion for sustainability in China, where she lived for several years. Her desire to understand deeper how to shape human-nature relations in places brought her to Finland, where she now works at the Natural Resources Institute Finland (Luke). Her PhD focuses on "Green Care" practices, a wide array of activities in nature that provide with therapeutic, social inclusion, pedagogical and leisure benefits. In Finland, she works with social entrepreneurs who experiment with these innovative, place-based practices. Her approach is highly participatory and draws from action-research methodologies.

Angela has a strong passion for knowledge sharing and dissemination. Next to the numerous academic papers she has (co-)authored, she is constantly experimenting with engagement methods to reach a wider audience outside of academia, using storytelling, creative approaches, blog writing and video-making.

Affiliations:

Researcher at Natural Resources Institute Finland (Luke)
External PhD Candidate at Wageningen University
EU Marie Curie Fellow at SUSPLACE
Field Expert at Ca’ Foscari University of Venice

MA in International Sciences & Diplomacy, Bologna University
BA in Oriental History, Cultures & Civilization, Bologna University

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Monica Visniuc

Industrieel Ecoloog

As an Industrial Ecologist, Monica applies a systematic approach to deliver solutions for sustainability problems. This implies integrating engineering, environmental and social science perspectives for identifying, designing and evaluating solutions to sustainable development.   

As an engineer, she is passionate about researching and applying the latest practices and technologies about sustainable agriculture, while understanding the ecosystem services and the relationship between organisms and their environment.

 While pursuing one of her passion in life – traveling, she observed first hand the need for sustainable development and the inequalities that the world is facing, especially in developing countries. Therefore she continued her environmental education, and studied Industrial Ecology (IE), the scientific field of sustainability, and dedicated her career to building more sustainable societies.

 Using the IE approach, the  behaviour  of complex integrated human/natural systems is mapped and understood, and the sustainability issues are examined from multiple perspectives: societal, environmental, economic and technological.

 In Except Monica discovered a dynamic team sharing her passion and dedication for sustainability, that uses an innovative approach in accelerating the frontier to sustainability.   At Except, she is creating tools aimed at improving the operation of multinational corporations, performs energy and material flow analyses, and creates strategies for complex challenges.

 She applies the same passion for sustainability in her personal life, where during her volunteer work with WWF she brings awareness for local communities on how to live a more sustainable life. She also works closely with educational institutions in providing knowledge through events and presentations for the next generations of sustainable minds.

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