Rob Roggema

Rob Roggema

Dr Rob Roggema, Landscape Architect, is an international renowned design-expert on climate adaptation, renewable energy planning and the design of urban agriculture. He held positions at several universities in the Netherlands and Australia, State and Municipal governments and design consultancies. He is currently appointed as Professor of Design for Urban Agriculture at VHL University of Applied Sciences, Professor Symbiotic Planning at Inholland University of Applied Sciences, both in the Netherlands and Adjunct professor Planning with Complexity at the Design Innovation Centre, Swinburne University of Technology, in Australia. In 2010 he became the inaugural visiting fellow at the Victorian Centre for Climate Change Adaptation Research. He is the Chair of the International AESOP Conference on Sustainable Food Planning in Leeuwarden, 2014.

In his PhD-research he developed the Swarm Planning concept, dealing with uncertainties in current planning, for which he received the scientific award for best paper at the Sustainable Building conference in Melbourne, 2008. His PhD-thesis has been selected for publication in Springers’ ‘Recognising Outstanding Research’-series (2013). In 2009, he received the honorary mention for his entry in the Rising Tides Competition, San Francisco. After finishing his PhD he was rewarded the Dutch ‘Rubicon’, allowing him to elaborate on Swarm Planning.

He has written three books on climate adaptation and spatial planning (Climate Adaptation: A Spatial Challenge; Swarming Landscapes: The Art of Designing for Climate Adaptation and Swarm Planning: Development of a New Methodology Dealing with Climate Adaptation, all published by Springer) and one about design charrettes (The Design Charrette: Ways to Envision Sustainable Futures, Springer). In 2014 his new book will be published: Why We Need Small Cows, the way to design Urban Agriculture.

He is the thinker behind the FoodRoofRio concept, an aquaponic food system to help favela residents to grow their own food, of which the inaugyural one has been realised in September 2014 in Cantagalo, Rio de Janeiro.

He has designed and led over 30 design charrettes in the Netherlands, China, Jordan, India, Australia and New Zealand, involving communities, academics, governments and industries in the design process. He has been asked to present his work in over 30 keynote presentations, nationally and internationally, and countless other presentations and lectures.