Oeuvre Award for Riek Bakker
On 27 November 2014, professor Riek Bakker has received the prestigious ARC14 Oeuvre Award. The award’s jury praised her for her ‘consistent and inspiring contributions to the innovation of urban architectural practice in the Netherlands and the position she gives to design in spatial development in the Netherlands’.
Riek Bakker is an city planner and landscape architect, founder and manager of RBA, Riek Bakker Advies (Riek Bakker Consultancy, 2004). She is able to revitalise large, stranded projects. For example, the A4 between Schiedam and Delft, the Kop van Zuid with the Erasmus Bridge, and the design for Leidsche Rijn with the tunnelled A2 highway. In addition, she has written numerous reports that have formed the basis of new government policies. For example, her advice on spatial development, as requested by the then Minister of the Ministry of Housing, Spatial Planning and the Environment, enabled her to boost a dozen of examples.
In 1994 Riek Bakker started BVR, consultants for urban development and management. BVR received commissions for Vinex-locations in Leidschenveen, Leidsche Rijn, Groot-Roombeek, the Utrecht city centre project, and many other city centres and railway environments. For the last few years, Riek Bakker has been working as an independent consultant for various projects, such as the revitalisation of the city centre of Roosendaal and a Health Centre in Winterswijk. Riek Bakker was professor at the Eindhoven University of Technology with a teaching assignment of Urban Architecture.