Partner and urban designer
Boris Hocks is a founder and partner at Posad Spatial Strategies. He graduated with an honourable mention at the Technical University of Delft and also received an honourable mention for his graduation project. He is an urban planner who is aware of the differences and relationships between the various levels. Specifically, he focuses on regional design and spatial strategies. In his work he searches to combine engineering, infrastructure, urban and landscape development.
Economic, environmental and spatial challenges demand for integrated solutions. Boris searches for these solutions in ‘spatial strategies’ by means of design research with a high degree of flexibility and a solution oriented approach.
Within the office Boris was a project leader for a wide range of research by design projects like the Delta studio for the Southwestern Delta and the Delta atelier. He is working on transit oriented development plans and the energylandscapes of the Netherlands.
TU Delft, faculty of Architecture -Urbanism- Honorable mention
Europan10 (2010) winner
International Archiprix Shanghai – Nomination (2007)
Archiprix – Honorable mention (2006)
Founding partner Posad (2006)
Lecturer Academy of Architecture Amsterdam (2009 – present)
Guest teacher regional design, Master Urbanism, TU Delft (2007)
Policy advisor, province of South-Holland (2006)
Urban-/ regional designer, province of North-Holland (2005-2006)
Architectural office Micha de Haas (1999)
Three questions for Boris:
Why did you start Posad in 2006?
While we were still students, Han and I thought about starting an agency of our own after we’d gained some practical experience. We founded Posad sooner than we expected. In those days, a lot of urban planning agencies saw their designs as finished products, but we saw them as something dynamic – something that would continue to develop. Also, we didn’t want to sell castles in the air but to create realistic, strategic plans.
What kind of employer do you want to be?
I want to be the employer I’d like to work for. Somebody who makes sure that you feel at home and safe at work and that it’s a place where there’s room for fun along with hard work. So I’d never cut back on our daily office lunch; it’s a real break during the day. I don’t intend for our employees to work 80-hour weeks, either. And finally, everyone here has equal opportunities, regardless of their position. If you propose a good idea and manage to convince me, we’ll do it.
What’s your ambition for Posad in the coming decade?
I hope Posad will develop as an agency. We don’t need to grow too much in terms of size, but I would like to deepen our expertise. For example, I’d like to find out how we could gain new insights through the use of GIS and data. Also, I want to put the new discipline of energy design on the map through our startup Generation.Energy. Designing energy landscapes requires new knowledge and understanding and cuts across all scales.