The IABR has a new management team!
Starting 1 September 2018, George Brugmans, President since 1 January 2004, is backed by Research & Development Director Jelte Boeijenga. Managing Director Melany van Twuijver will join them per 1 January 2019.

from left to right: George Brugmans, Melany van Twuijver and Jelte Boeijenga

picture by Fred Ernst

Melany van Twuijver is the new Managing Director of the IABR. She is in charge of daily routines and contributes to the long-term development of the IABR. As a Managing Director she coordinates the executive production of all biennale projects and translates the vision and strategy of the IABR into commercial continuity, marketing, communication, and concrete (collaborative) opportunities.
Melany previously worked as an independent program and project manager on projects with a strong Rotterdam signature and always on the interface between governments, knowledge institutes, and businesses. This included projects such as the Making City Congres, Verhaal van de Stad, and the Economische Verkenning Rotterdam. Melany has been working with the IABR in the capacity of IABR–AtelierRotterdam project manager for the City of Rotterdam since 2012. From 2004 to 2012 she worked for the Economic Development Board Rotterdam (EDBR) as a business manager; she was also responsible for the organization of the International Advisory Board Rotterdam.

Jelte Boeijenga is the new Research & Development Directorof the IABR. He isresponsible for the organization and management of (the research by design in) the IABR–Ateliersand the long-term development of the research agenda of the IABR. He also coordinates the substantive production of research and plans by the curator(s) of the successive biennales. This way, he contributes to the setup of the IABR program.
A researcher and consultant, Jelte has previously worked with various parties in government and architecture. He was the chairman of Rotterdam-based Power Cooperative Blijstroom and the co-author of the book Too Big, together withSpecial Envoy for International Water Affairs, Henk Ovink.

This means that George Brugmans will have more time to spend on the content and programming of the IABR, focusing in particular on Water as Leverage. He will join the previously appointed Floris Alkemade (Government Architect), Leo Van Broeck (Flemish Architect), and Joachim Declerck (AWB) as, effectively, the fourth curator of the 2020 biennale.