Architect and civil engineer by training, he holds a bachelor’s degree in philosophy and one in political science and public affairs, as well as a master’s degree in urban planning. Currently, Kristiaan Borret is the bouwmeester – maître architecte – of Brussels Capital Region in Belgium, an independent government official who stimulates and supervises the design quality of urban development projects. He participated in interdisciplinary research on contemporary transformations of the city and public space and contributed to various urban design projects in Belgium, Netherlands and France, receiving the Flemish Culture Award for Architecture. Recently, the Bouwmeester Maitre Architecte in collaboration with UN Habitat and the University College of London has launched a research project in order to look for new and informal practices of urban design governance in Europe.
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