The academic research in the Q-factor Research Program focuses on the impact of the Dutch spatial quality advisory practice and comparable design review practices in other countries. Current information can be found in the posts, category ‘scientific research’.

In 2012, the Q-factor research program started. As no research could be found on spatial quality advisory practices in the Netherlands, the first aim was to open up the black box of the advisory practices of q-teams. The first inventory of q-teams in the Netherlands resulted in an atlas that contains 139 q-teams and several essays. These results shed light on the amount and diversification of these teams. It offered a first glimpse of the possible contribution of these teams to spatial planning and design. One of the results was a first definition of q-teams as a multidisciplinary team of experts that advises on matters of spatial quality in spatial assignments. See publication ‘Q-factor’, Uitgeverij Blauwdruk (only in Dutch).

In 2017 we started two parallel PhD-projects at the TU Delft.

    • José van Campen conducts her research from a planning perspective, under supervision of Wil Zonneveld and Dominic Stead.
    • Sandra van Assen adopts a spatial design perspective, under supervision of Wil Zonneveld and Marina Bos-de Vos.