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Bart Brands Earns Inaugural Ian McHarg Senior Design Fellowship at Penn University School of Design

Bart has been appointed the inaugural Ian McHarg Senior Design Fellow at the University of Pennsylvania Stuart Weitzman School of Design. Over the 2019-2020 and 2020-2021 academic years, Bart will lead a series of innovative design activities within the School and beyond.

“McHarg had a massive influence on Dutch landscape architecture, and like McHarg Bart brings big ideas to big problems,” said Richard Weller, co-executive director at the McHarg Center, professor and chair of landscape architecture, and Myerson Chair of Urbanism at Penn. 

Bart is the creative force behind many of the plans of Karres en Brands, and is unmatched in his ability to generate ideas and instil enthusiasm in clients and colleagues alike. He played a major role, for instance, in the design of Federation Square in Melbourne, Købmagergade in Copenhagen, De Nieuwe Ooster cemetery in Amsterdam, the feasibility study for Cross River Park in Londen and, more recently, the development of the masterplan for Oberbillwerder in Hamburg.

In recent years, he has worked primarily in the field of university sites and campuses, including the transformation of the Randwick Academic Health Science Centre Sydney, the Delft University of Technology and Science Park Amsterdam. For the latter, he devised the urban plan together with KCAP, and acted as supervisor of the project for several years. At present, Bart is supervisor of the TU Delft campus

Bart was a visiting lecturer at, amongst others, the TU Berlin, ETH Zurich, Academy of Architecture (Amsterdam/ Rotterdam), Utrecht School of the Arts, Fuse Öresund Talk, Malmö, the International Landscape Master, Milan, TU Dresden, University of Edinburgh, University of New South Wales, Sydney and University of California, Berkeley. He was also a member of the Beirat Tempelhof, an advisory committee for the development of the former Tempelhof Airport in Berlin and adjunct professor at the RMIT University in Melbourne from 1998 to 2014. Currently he preformes as visiting lecturer at the Technische Hochschule OWL University of Applied Sciences and Arts in Detmold.  

The distinguished position is offered based on Barts success during years of practice and his extensive experience as guest lecturer. The academic appointment will be for a two-year period. Bart is looking forward to contribute to this inspiring community.