SmartCityStudio is a a think-tank, planning and consultancy firm that develops concepts and design which make cities cleaner, safer, more efficient, interactive, inclusive and attractive.
The director of SmartCityStudio is Rogier van den Berg. He is trained as an architect and urban planner in the Netherlands and has been director of Zandbelt&vandenBerg, office for architecture and urban design for over 10 years. Having worked on a broad range of projects involving urban strategies, regional planning, consultancy, urban design and the construction of architecture he has continued his practice in two companies: SmartCityStudio and SmartCityArchitects. The latter is focused on architecture and urban design. SmartCityStudio evolved naturally out of demand from public and private parties that approached Van den Berg for ever more questions that involve new methods and technologies for the way we plan and use our cities. SmartCityStudio works on the edge of spatial planning, new technologies, creative communication, research, strategic decision making and stakeholder participation. All equally important for making cities Smarter.
Besides his practice Van den Berg was head of the department of Urbanism at the Amsterdam Academy of Architecture from 2008-2012. Before he worked parallel to his practice as a lecturer at the Delft University of Technology in the Chair of Metropolitan Strategies at the department of Urbanism. In 2012 he curated together with six other Dutch academies the exhibition Smart Cities at the Architecture Biënnale in Rotterdam and for three years he has been working together with Parsons, the New School for Design New York, MacKenzie Presbytarian University in São Paulo and the Amsterdam Academy on the Smart Informal Territories Lab. In this laboratory universities, governmental organizations, ngo’s and private parties work on co-creative concepts for the Favela Heliópolis in São Paulo.
Rogier van den Berg worked as an architect, urban planner and consultant on projects in Brasil, China, Russia, Great Britain, the U.S.A., France, Surinam, Bonaire, Finland and he collaborated with universities in cities around the world, setting up research and studioprojects in among others: Zagreb, Porto, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Brussels, Helsinki, Oslo, Saint Petersburg, Beijing, Shanghai, Barcelona, Shenzhen, Kemerovo, Lisbon, London, Paris, São Paulo, New York and San Francisco.