Sandra van Assen is urban planner and architect. She graduated in 1999 at the TU Delft – Faculty of Architecture and studied landscape architecture at the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts in Copenhagen. In 2007 she specialized and received her grade in urban planning. With a team of researchers and designers she won the Harry de Vroome Price for the research ‘Old villages, new perspectives’. In 2007 she established her own office, Sandra van Assen Urbanism, with a focus on spatial quality, sustainabilty and healthy urbanism. These themes have since been primary motives in her work as provincial and municipal urban planner, as lecturer and researcher, both in the Research Group Future Urban Regions and at the TU Delft, where she started her PhD in 2017. Her research focusses on the influence of q-teams from a design perspective.