Naomi Hoogervorst is an integral and inclusive architecture and urban development specialist. After successfully completing the master’s programme in Architecture, Urbanism and Buildings sciences at the Technical University Delft, she gained local and international experience as a general architect and planner working at renown architectural offices. In 2012 she founded FREEM open architecture, an architectural practice in creating designs for livable, attractive places in an open, collaborative process. She (re)designed housing, landscape strategies and interiors with a team of specialists from environmental specialists, economists to philosophers. The designs she realizes are boosting; by designing places with room for individual expression, people are being challenged to contribute to their own living environment and live it at best.
Combining her strong skills in engaging local partners in urban design, she co-founded Placemakers (NL) in 2010, an organisation that involves communities in urban development. In co-creation she developed the successful urban campsite ‘De Buurtcamping’, an open air stage in Amsterdam North and a social context map for De Wieren in Almere.
Since January 2014, she lives and works in Nairobi and developed the project “Making Cities Together”, an international knowledge exchange project about upgrading public spaces in Nairobi. As a Kenyan liaison for The International New Town Institute (NL) she is responsible for the research, education and knowledge exchange project ‘Growing Green Cities’ for the Horticulture World Expo Floriade that will take place in Almere, the Netherlands, in 2022. For DASUDA, Dutch Alliance for Sustainable Urban Development Africa, she is a Kenyan Liaison and works on the RAIN project. Creating Regional Agro-Industrial Networks through spatial planning and business development in an government to government project in 2 counties in Kenya. For the Urban Labs of UN-Habitat and the Dutch Creative Industries fund, Naomi is part of the expert team for a town reconstruction project in Gaza, Palestine.