Gert Urhahn  Gert Urhahn

MSc Architecture and Urban Design

Gert Urhahn is co-founder of SPcitI international.  He is an urban designer, lecturer and former Director of Urhahn Urban Design. Gert has a broad international portfolio of projects in cities such as Amsterdam, London, Antwerp or Oaxaca. Previously, he was Senior Urban Designer for the Municipality of Amsterdam, strongly engaged in the redevelopment of the Amsterdam waterfronts. He has published extensively on regeneration strategies, urban typologies and principles and a book on ‘The Spontaneous City’. Currently he is chair of the International Federation for Housing and Planning (IFHP) Working Group ‘The Spontaneous City’.

Gert speaks German, Dutch and English.


Bernardina Borra Bernardina Borra

PhD, MArch Architecture and Urban Design

Bernardina Borra co-founder of SPcitI international. She studied Architecture at the University of RomaIII, graduated from the Berlage Institute and got her PhD at TUDelft. Her PhD thesis investigates “The Architecture of Co-operation”. She writes for different architectural magazines and is co-author and curator of several books and exhibitions about architecture and urban planning. Her work as architect and urban designer, has led her through different paths in the Netherlands, Brasil, the UK and other places around the world. Bernardina is also part of  the architecture collective Milktrain.

Bernardina speaks Italian, English, French, Dutch and Spanish.


Miranda SchutMiranda Schut

MSc Landscape Architecture and Urban Planning

Miranda Schut is a landscape architect and urban planner with a MSc. from Wageningen University in the Netherlands and a Post-Master from the French Institute of Urbanism in Paris, with a specialisation in city development in the Global South. During her studies she worked on cities and landscapes in Bangladesh, Ghana and Romania, followed by professional experiences in Benin, France, the Netherlands, South-Korea, Suriname and the United-Kingdom. Her work is always site-specific, informed by the landscape and urban patterns, on the intersection of social dynamics and urban services and infrastructure.

Miranda speaks Dutch, English, French and German.


Sarah EssbaiSarah Essbai

Master of Urban and Regional Planning

Sarah Essbai is an architect and urban planner. A former Fulbright Scholar, she completed her Master of Urban and Regional Planning at Ball State University in Indiana, the United States with a focus on economic development. She worked previously on projects in Morocco, the US and the Netherlands and her experience includes the areas of affordable housing, community development and historic preservation. Sarah is also a regular contributor at the environmental design platform The Global Grid.

Sarah speaks Arabic, French, English and Dutch.