Last 27 November, the international community of spatial planners lost one of its most respected professionals.

Jef Van den Broeck started as a practitioner, founding the Antwerp based Planning office ‘Studiegroep Omgeving’ (1973–1998).
He was chairman of the Antwerp City Commission for Spatial Planning (GECORO) between 2006 and 2014, and was a consultant to numerous Belgian and European cities and regions between 2001 and 2009.
Later in his career he taught Strategic Spatial Planning, which is also his research and professional field. He authored and co-authored multiple books and publications, including ‘Urban Trialogues’ on Localising Agenda 21 (UN-Habitat, 2004).

He was an Honorary Professor at the University of Leuven, Belgium.

Jef had a very warm heart for the international planning community, especially as an active ISOCARP member.

In Belgium and the Benelux, he was a monument as a spatial planner and later professor, because of his wisdom, commitment and enthusiasm. Together with Bernd Schöll (ETA Zürich), he authored the book “Planning Matters”, a title that perfectly reflects Jef’s vision on spatial planning.

The sad news that Jef did not survive a short-lived illness reached us very suddenly and totally unexpectedly.

Thank you for everything, Jef.

We will miss you.

Service December 7, 15.00 hrs, AMUZ, Kammenstraat, Antwerpen.

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