This is the website of Jan Bredenoord, architect/urbanist/researcher.

The main objective of this website is to focus on development of affordable housing for households with low incomes. Sustainable urban planning is always a precondition for housing, well connected to good practices and policies. Most of the information presented is related to social housing and (assisted) self-help housing in cities of the urban Global South.

Dr. ir. Jan Bredenoord is an architect/urbanist and researcher with over 40 years of experience in housing and planning. He worked on housing policies, regional and urban development, infrastructure planning, public transportation systems, and sustainability issues. He holds a PhD in management instruments and policies for cities, with a focus on urban planning and public housing provision, from Delft University of Technology, the Netherlands. He has been working frequently in developing countries as a consultant and researcher. He has been on assignments in El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Peru, Uganda, Uruguay, Vietnam, Thailand and Indonesia.

Current research:

1   Urban land development for self-help housing in Peru: (1) urban renovation and densification in Villa el Salvador – Lima South; (2) building on the mountain slopes in Huaycán-Ate – Lima East; (3) earth quake house construction in New Pachacútec, Ventanilla – Lima North. Co-author: Luz María Sánchez Hurtado, architect, managing director of NGO Estrategia.

2   Urban development for self-construction and social housing in Mexico; with experiences in Nezahualcóyotl and Tlalnepantla de Baz, Mexico City. Co-authors: Lorena Cabrera Montiel, University of Puebla, and Daniela Munoz-Levy, of the Mexico City planning and transportation Agency.

3   The cooperative housing model of Uruguay and new applications in Latin America; with experiences in Bolivia, Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras and Nicaragua. In cooperation with: Natalia Quinónez, representative of We Effect in Latin America (formerly called ‘Swedish Cooperative Center’) in El Salvador.

4   Compressed Earth Blocks and its use in low-cost housing. In cooperation with Yask Kulshrestha, University of Tecchnology, Delft.

Research at: University of Technology Delft, The Netherlands. Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment.
Research fellow (rt) at: Utrecht University, The Netherlands. Faculty of Geo-Sciences, International Development Studies.
Member of: IFHP International Federation of Housing and Planning
Friend of: ISOCARP International Society of City and Regional Planners.
Ambassador of: PUM Netherlands Senior Experts, The Hague
Researcher with: We Effect, Latin America (Swedish Cooperative Center) 2016-2018, 2022
Consultant at: The World Bank Group, Washington, DC  2015-2017
Keynote  Speaker: ASEAN Conference. Bangkok. With: Thailand Institute of Scientific and Technological Research TISTR. March 2019