Co-founder and Secretary of the Board of ArchiAfrika - network on African architecture and urbanism, Director of African Architecture Matters, owner of BKvdL architecture plus, architect and project manager
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.
Berend has been core member of ArchiAfrika from the start. Since 2005 he was responsible for the secretariat and editor of website and newsletter, while also coordinating various projects and conferences. Since 2010 he is appointed Secretary of the Board of ArchiAfrika.
In 2010 Berend started African Architecture Matters together with Antoni Folkers, aiming at contributing to projects and research related to African architecture and urbanism, as well as supporting the ArchiAfrika network.
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 designs and execution. Since 2007 he started BKvdL *, offering architecture, project coordination and research services. He has produced a number of articles and given lectures on various topics on architecture in Africa.