Besides the building, Sebastian focuses on product design and sustainable solutions for the city and the country. He documents and researches innovative spatial and infrastructural solutions and shares this knowledge through documentaries, trainings and excursions. Currently he teaches at the academy for architecture and urbanism in Tilburg and works as a self-employed entrepreneur.
With his architecture and engineering practice (De Ruimte, Qenep), he worked on the redevelopment of individual property into a new cultural use (NDSM shipyard in Amsterdam, Grote Pyr and Zeebelt theatre in The Hague). Sebastiaan also advises architects, town planners and authorities on sustainable urban development. He has set up a national knowledge network for energy and sustainability and organised training courses, excursions and symposia in various European countries. Together with Klaske Havik (TUDelft, Terristories) he supervises workshops for architecture students in Eastern Europe with an investigative design approach often using techniques from literature and theatre.
Having grown up in the Caribbean, he has travelled extensively in Latin America and the USA. The mix of cultures he grew up with made him curious about other cities, cultures and languages. He can share his experience and knowledge with great enthusiasm.
1971, Purmerend (NL)
- independent designer/researcher, trainer, travel organiser and tour guide, Terristories (since 2008)
- lecturer at MA&U Tilburg (since 2011)
- head of technical marketing, Rockwool International (2011-2016)
- consultant sustainable urban development, BuildDesk (2008-2011)
- independent architect, Qenep architecture and product design (2005-2009)
- guest lecturer at TUDelft (2003-2009)
- independent architect workshop De Ruimte (1998-2004)
- editor ArchiNed (2001-2003)
- theatre maker Silotheater and Zinq (1998-2004)