Berend van der Lans

Berend van der Lans is an architect, trained as at the Eindhoven University of Technology. Since 1992 he has been working in various architectural practices in Europe and Africa.

In 2000, shortly after the return from 3 years of working experience in Tanzania, he started the ArchiAfrika foundation together with 4 other Dutch architects with similar experience. The organisation was set up with the aim, to put African architecture and urbanism on the world map, by spreading knowledge on the subject and enhance the architectural debate on the continent.

Since 2005 ArchiAfrika organised conferences in Tanzania,  Ghana, Delft, Pretoria and Casablanca. forming the African Perspectives conference series. Also other projects were organised, like documentaries, publications and workshops, while the website and newsletter of ArchiAfrika developed as a news hub on African architecture and urbanism. Berend has been core member of the organisation from the start.  Since 2010 he is Secretary of the Board of ArchiAfrika.

Recently Berend started African Architecture Matters together with Antoni Folkers, aiming at contributing to projects and research related to African architecture and urbanism.

As an architect, Berend van der Lans has been involved in a wide range of projects, from rural hospitals in Africa to complicated European inner city design and execution. He also owns ArchitecturePlus, offering architecture, project coordination and research services. He has produced a number of articles and given lectures on various topics on architecture in Africa.

Associate member
African Architecture Matters