Since childhood, I have been fascinated by construction. As a child, I stopped at every construction site to contemplate the ensemble of all the work streams. What an energy that gives. I decided to study structural engineering at Eindhoven University of Technology, followed by the Master of Architecture and the Master of Building Physics. Combining and matching technique and aesthetics has been a common thread in my studies. Even in my work as a project manager, I find it valuable to find the balance between the two. This makes me an all-round manager and allows me to shift gears on content. Choosing to move into the intersection of engineering and aesthetics has been one of the better decisions of my life.
At the heart of good cooperation is an understanding of each other’s opinions and an open attitude. As a project manager, it is important to understand and anticipate these relationships. Construction is complex and involves several disciplines. Good harmony and alignment between them is a challenging and fun game. In doing so, as a project manager, you assume a key role that, moreover, is different for each project and phase. That makes the position as project manager incredibly interesting. The key feature of a collaboration that runs smoothly is when all team members are in their strengths and each takes his or her role, where a project manager can “disappear” into the background.