Curriculum Vitae

General Information

Date of Birth                                        September 15, 1973 in Luzern, Switzerland

Citizenship                                            Switzerland, Belgium

Languages                                            German, English, Dutch, French, Italian (third family language)


Academic Positions       

ETH Zurich, Zurich, Switzerland

2012 – present Privatdozent (Associate Professor)
2007 – 2009 Director of the Centre for Research on Architecture, Society & the Built Environment, Department of Architecture

University of Freiburg, Switzerland

2012 – 2014 Adjunct Professor
2009 – 2012 Professor for Urban Geography and Spatial Development, Head of the Socio-Spatial Complexity Lab

University of Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom

2006 – 2007 Visiting Fellow (Swiss National Science Foundation Research Fellowship), School of Architecture, Planning and Landscape

University of Zurich, Zurich, Switzerland

1997 – 2006 Tutor (1997 – 1999), Assistant (2000 – 2004) and Associate Investigator (2005 – 2006), Economic Geography Group, Department of Geography



Industry Positions

Pensimo Management AG, Zurich, Switzerland

2016 – present Managing Director, Real Estate Investment Foundation for Affordable Housing «Adimora»
2012 – present Portfoliomanager, Real Estate Investment Foundation «Turidomus», Corporate Responsibility Officer


Continuing Education

2016 CAS Real Estate Finance University of Rochester MBA Programs with University of Bern, Bern



2009 Professorial Disser-
tation (Habilitation) 
Dissertation on the «complexity turn» in spatial planning and housing. Department of Architecture, ETH Zürich
2005 Ph.D. Economic Geography Dissertation on inward development in Switzerland. Economic Geography Group, Department of Geography, University of Zurich, Switzerland. (Faculty Award)
1999 M.Sc. Geography Thesis on Housing Market Regulation and Segregation Processes in Zurich. Economic Geography Group, Department of Geography, University of Zurich, Switzerland. Minor subjects: Math, Geology, Economics, Sociology
1994 Matura Typus C         Mathematisch-naturwissenschaftliches Gymnasium Alpenquai, Luzern



2012 – present ETH Zurich, Department of Architecture:
The City and the Market (introduction to a complexity perspective on Housing, Real Estate, Urban and Regional Development and Urban Governance)
2012 – present University of Zurich, Center for Urban and Real Estate Management, Department of Banking and Finance:
Planning Theory, Economic Geography/Splintering Urbanism
2009 – 2014 University of Freiburg, Unit of Geography
Housing, Complexity and Planning, Urban Geography, Economic Geography, Political Geography, Methods in Geography, Integrative Project, Excursions, Head of the Ph.D. Program «Conférence Universitaire de la Suisse Occidentale»
2006 – 2007 University of Newcastle upon Tyne, School for Architecture, Planning and Landscape:
Planning Theory
1997 – 2006 University of Zurich, Department of Geography:
Housing, Spatial Planning, Economic and Urban Geogaphy, Integrative Project, Excursions


Company foundations

2012 vanwezemael – complexity//planning: Consultation services in spatial development. Founder and owner
2010 ETH Spin-off «ImmoQ» – post occupancy evaluations and certification of housing for the elderly. Co-founder



Mandates in Planning (selection)

2017 – present Weiterentwicklung des raumplanungsrechtlichen Instrumentariums unter veränderten Vorzeichen (Innen- statt Aussenentwicklung). VLP-ASPAN, member of the board of experts
2017 – present Regional Masterplan for the Uzwil Region (with Hosoya Schaefer Architects)
2017 – present Programming and civic engagement strategy for the redevelopment of the Swiss Railways (SBB) railway area «Neugasse», Zurich. Member of the advisory board and member of the jury boards for the forthcoming test planning projects
2015 – 2016 Strategic planning for the Airport Region of Zurich, advisory board, Amt für Raumentwicklung des Kanton Zürich (ARE)
2015 – 2016 Inner-city transformation «Volta Ost», member of the competition jury board, City of Basel
2015 – 2016 Scientific advisor for a liveable aging metropolitan region of Basel (with metrobasel (think tank)
2015 Strategy for an integrated planning approach for the Canton of Zug as an ageing region, Regierungsrat Kanton Zug
2015 «Trendanalyse Soziale Stadt», member of the advisory board, City of Zurich
2014 – 2015 Test planning «Thurgauerstrasse», member of the jury board, City of Zurich
2010 – present Test planning «Metrobild» and «Lebensraum». Spatial design for the metropolitan region of Zurich across eight Cantons. Member of the expert board. Metropolitankonferenz Zürich
2014 Strategic planning with regard to socio-demographic ageing, consultant, City of Schaffhausen
2013 Test planning «Kasernenareal», member of the jury board, City of Zurich


Service to the Community (selection)

2017 Co-Founder of «Züri-Global» (initiative for a liberal and equal-rights Metropolis in the age of globalization and digitalization)
2016 – present Member of the board (Studienkommission), Center for Urban and Real Estate Management, University of Zurich
2015 – present Co-founder and member of the board of «Swiss Real Estate Research Conference» (annual conference format at the interface of spatial development and real estate)
2011 – 2016 Member of the scientific board of «Forum Raumwissenschaften» (Forum Spatial Sciences), Center for Urban and Real Estate Management, University of Zurich
2009 – 2012 National representative in EU COST-Action TU0902 «Integrated assessment technologies to support the sustainable development of urban areas» (SBF Nr. C09.0201)
2010 – 2012 Head of the Ph.D. program of the «Conférence Universitaire de la Suisse Occidentale» (CUSO) (Universities in occidental Switzerland)
2006 – 2013 Member of the board «Société Suisse d’études pour l’organisation de l’éspace et la politique régionale» (rorep)
2011 – present Initiator and co-founder of «Swisslab» – interdisciplinary platform for young talents in spatial sciences (with the «Société Suisse d’études pour l’organisation de l’éspace et la politique régionale»)
2002 – 2004 Managing Director of the SIA-Foundation «Research-Design-Competitions»


Active editorial services

2009 – present Member of the editorial board at «Planning Theory», Sage
2010 – present Series editor »(with Gert de Roo and Jean Hillier) of the Book Series «New Directions in Planning Theory», Ashgate



Planning Theory; Housing Studies; Geografiska Annaler B: Human Geography; Cultural Geography; International Journal of Knowledge Based Development; Bentham Open Urban Studies Journal; Housing, Theory and Society; DISP journal of planning; Geographica Helvetica; Beiträge zur Deutschen Landeskunde; European Planning Studies


Co-organizer of scientific conferences

Organization Committee and Chair at Swiss Real Estate Research Conferences (2015, 2017); International symposium on “Planning Competitions” at the Copenhagen Business School, Denmark (2010); Planning-and-complexity track at the AESOP annual conference in Liverpool/United Kingdom (2009); International research conference on «Space, Contestation and the Political», University of Zurich (2009); Regular chair in working groups of the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Geographie DGfG; Program Committee of SwissLab sessions (since 2011)

Grants and Fellowships

Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada; The Dutch Social Science Research Council; Swiss National Science Foundation; European Union (COST); Swiss Federal Offices (various); Age Foundation; Commission for Technology and Innovation (Swiss Federation)



2016 Best-in-class award, Rochester MBA Programs with University of Bern
2006-2007 Postdoctoral fellowship grant from the Swiss National Science Foundation
2005 Faculty award for the Ph.D., Faculty of Science, University of Zurich
2003-2004 Grant for academic excellence from the University of Zurich
In 2010 I entered the second round for a ERC Starting Grant