Lucas Verweij
curator, program coordinator, partner manager

Lucas Verweij is a strategic advisor design for studio Jongeriuslab (Berlin) and initiator of Designplatform Rotterdam. He is also a teacher at the Academy of Architecture Rotterdam and the Royal Academy of Art The Hague. He was director of the Academy of Architecture between 2005 and 2009. In 2017 “De Designfactor” was published, a book about the sense and nonsense of design (Haystack, 2017). He is a fervent cartography enthusiast.

Joeri Pruys
curator, program coordinator, propagandist

Joeri Pruys is writer and filmmaker. He writes, directs and produces films (fiction and documentary) about difficult issues, exceptional situations and the hidden sides of human lives. He write articles and essays for magazines and online platforms. In his work he often addresses urgent social themes such as economic oppression, (neo)colonialism and climate destruction.

Business management

Jeroen Deckers
business coordinator, event producer, advisor

Jeroen Deckers likes to organize, produce and moderate meetings in a creative, artistic and philosophic scene. That’s one of the reasons why he’s cofounder of Designplatform Rotterdam. His background is in public administration, politics and business strategy. Jeroen is interested in people’s experiences, more than opinions. “Maybe the best essays come straight from the heart”, he says.