Advisory Board

The Advisory Board is charged with evaluating the progress of the network as a whole and offering feedback for the different individual research projects within it. In addition, the Advisory Board will also be asked to relate the project’s findings to the needs of the profession and to advise on how to ensure a quick uptake.


Stefan Anspach (*1978) has been chairman of the Montag Stiftung Urbane Räume gAG since November 2017. It is his conviction that acting for the common good requires entrepreneurial expertise if projects are to have a sustainable impact. As a graduate industrial engineer and a graduate engineer of architecture, he links passion for planning with business management expertise. After studying at RWTH Aachen University, he worked as a strategy and management consultant for over 10 years. Since 2014 he was a partner in a medium-sized management consulting agency focusing on the real estate sector. In March 2017 he joined the Montag Foundations Group. Until September 2018 he was Managing Director of the Carl Richard Montag Foundation.


Wivina Demeester (*1943) became in 1967 an Agricultural Engineer and post-graduate in teaching University of Ghent. From 1974 to 2004 she was MP for the Christian Democratic party in Belgium, State Secretary for Public Health and Handicapped Care, State Secretary for Finance, Minister for Budget and Science, Flemish Minister for Finance and Budget, Health Institutions, Welfare and Family, MP in the Flemish Parliament and Chairperson of the Committee for Public Works, Transport and Energy. From 2004 to 2014 she was president of the Task Force for the deepening of the Westerschelde and Ghent-Terneuzen Canal. She was also president and member of the board of different Welfare, Health and Financial organisations Since 2004 President of the Board of deSingel (www.deSingel.be) and VAi (www.vai.be). Since 2004 she is member of the High Counsil of Finance and since 2005 member of the Board BAM/LANTIS (www.Lantis.be). Since 2010 she is president of School Invest en and member of the board of DBFM SvM (www.scholenvanmorgen.be).


Françoise Fromonot is an architect and critic based in Paris, currently Professor (design, history and theory) at the ENSA Paris-Belleville. A contributing editor to l’Architecture d’Aujourd’hui (Paris), then a joint editor of le visiteur (Paris), she was in 2008 a founding member of criticat (www.criticat.fr), and the editor in 2016 of selection of articles from the first ten issues, Yours critically.She is also the author of numerous books and essays, including Glenn Murcutt-Buildings and Projects (Electa, 1995 / 2003), Jørn Utzon and the Sydney Opera House (Electa, 1998), La Campagne des Halles (La Fabrique, 2005), a critical account of the renovation of central Paris followed in 2019 by a second volume, La Comédie des Halles. Her latest monograph deals with the large-scale projects of Michel Desvigne (Transforming Landscapes, Birkhäuser, 2020).


Boris Brorman Jensen is an independent consultant and practicing architect with a background in research and teaching from schools of architecture and universities throughout Denmark and abroad. He has authored and edited numerous articles, papers and books on architecture and urban development. Over the years Boris has served on a large number of committees and boards, most recently as a member of the Danish Arts Foundation’s Committee for Architecture Grants and Project Funding. His practice involves strategic consultancy and concept and idea development within architecture, landscape design and planning. He has been involved in a wide range of exhibition, including the Danish contribution to the 2016 International Architecture Exhibition in Venice.


Hilde Léon is a full professor at Leibniz University in Hannover, since 2019 dean of the Faculty of Architecture and Landscape Science. After graduating at TU Berlin and at the architecture school of Venice IUAV Léon established an architectural office in Berlin together with Konrad Wohlhage († 2007). Léonwohlhage Architects design a wide range of projects, such as housing, public buildings and offices, i. e. the Indian Embassy in Berlin and the extension to the Maximileaneum, housing the Bavarian state government.
Her academic career started at the Universität der Künste Berlin in 1990 and continued at Hochschule für bildende Künste Hamburg as visiting professor. Since 2000 Hilde Léon is full professor at the Leibniz University Hannover. She acts as jury member in national and international competitions apart from giving lectures and publishing in various architectural magazines.


Caroline van Eck