Hedwig van der Linden

Hedwig van der Linden (°1992, Rotterdam) obtained her master's degree in architecture at TU Delft. Her graduation project on the redevelopment of the post-war Rotterdam expedition building block was awarded the master's prize of the National Renovation Platform (NRP) and a nomination for the Dutch Archiprix. This project formed the basis for the publication ‘Engine Rooms: Typology of the Rotterdam service court’, in which she investigated, in collaboration with architect Like Bijlsma, the design logic and the changing use of dozens of service courts. With this work, published by the Branchevereniging Nederlandse Architectenbureaus and exhibited in Het Nieuwe Instituut, the authors aim to inspire an appropriate and careful transformation of these building blocks. 

During her studies, Hedwig gained work experience at the research agencies Planbureau voor de Leefomgeving (PBL) and Veldacademie. There she collaborated on a study of social real estate and changes in the spatial dynamics, the neighbourhood function and the funding of this type of real estate in various parts of the Netherlands. She also worked at the design office KAAN Architects on projects in the field of architecture and urban development. After graduating, Hedwig spent several years at TU Delft’s Chair of Urban Area Development conducting research on the role and impact of spatial design (studies) on the practice of area development. She also worked as a designer at Studio for New Realities on strategic inventories, development visions and (master) plans on different scales: from the region to the building.   

At the beginning of 2021, Hedwig joined the team of Architecture Workroom Brussels, where she is responsible for the community development of various interdisciplinary and international collaborations. She contributes to the content development and production of AWB's long-term, social initiative project, The Great Transformation. In addition, she is project manager for the continuation of the knowledge and action platform Delta Atelier and for the assignment from the municipality of Rotterdam regarding the 7 City Projects.  

Hedwig's experience in research (by design), the development of content-based narratives and cultural production plays an important role in her work. She uses this experience for cultural and strategic trajectories, such as the retrospective and forward-looking view of the Delta Atelier with the compilation publication ‘Building on 3 Years of Experiment’ and the structural operation of the independent learning environment, incubator and public programme The Great Transformation, including programming the Great Transformation Sessions. 

Besides her work for AWB, Hedwig writes for professional and journalistic publications and teaches at the Master of Architecture (TU Delft) and the Rotterdam Academy of Architecture.