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Tom Bosschaert
MSc MArch


Tom Bosschaert




Managing Director,
Architect, Urbanist, Engineer

Weakness: Kittens
Enjoys: XKCD

Areas of expertise:

  • Business Strategy
  • Integrated Sustainable Development
  • Zero-Impact building & Mixed-Use Architecture
  • Urban Design, City & Community Planning
  • Sustainability Research

Professional Titles & Liaisons:

  • BREEAM-NL Assessor
  • Member of the Association of Environmental Professionals (VVM)
  • Master of Science (TU Delft)
  • Master of Architecture (Yale University)

Location: Rotterdam,
the Netherlands
email: tom's email



Tom founded Except Integrated Sustainability in 1999, and directs the company with much pleasure since then. Except is built from a dream: the dream to create a place where people commited to sustainable development can work together. A place they can meet other talented and motivated people and realize their passion using solid scientific knowledge combined with the resolve of creative processes. The reality of this dream works, and Tom is happy to steer this ambition into the future with all Except's asscoaites and partners.

Tom has been committed to developing the foundations for a sustainable future from early on in his master studies Industrial Design Engineering at the Delft University of Technology. He continued investigating a systemic approach to sustainable development at the University of Western Australia and in his master studies architecture and planning at Yale University.

He discovered that the knowledge of a single, or even a couple of disciplines is not sufficient to truly engage the issues of sustainability head on, and started work on a theory and working-method for multi-disciplinary collaboration across sectors. Together with Eva Gladek he developed the Symbiosis in Development (SiD) methodology, that lies at the core of Except's structure, approach and toolset, and which continues to be in development.

Tom's background is diverse: from engineering, planning and design studies, working at and running multiple companies, working as a photographer, graphic designer, architect, visualizer, and business strategist, making Tom the swiss army knife of Except. The secret of being able to many different things well, he will tell you, lies in being able to create and manage smart processes, and learning to think in and embrace complex systems.

Tom advises national and regional governements as well as multi national corporations on sustainability strategy. Tom has worked in Australia, Canada, China, the Netherlands and the United States. He has taught in various schools and institutions and publishes articles and a variety of magazines and journals regularly. Tom lectures on congresses and events as a keynote speaker on sustainability, and is available for bookings.

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