Joris M.J. Scheers

Spatial Planner and Sociologist (PhD, MSc) // Visiting Professor at KU Leuven // Vice-president ECTP-CEU // Project Manager Flanders Government

Joris is professionally active in the field of urban development, spatial planning, architecture & heritage and public governance. For the last three decades he has been working as...
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Joris M.J. Scheers

Joris is professionally active in the field of urban development, spatial planning, architecture & heritage and public governance. For the last three decades he has been working as academic, consultant and civil servant. He promoted on the theme of exponentially growing cities in Latin America at the KU Leuven University (Belgium), where he is currently visiting professor. As the former deputy Government Architect and Manager Creative and sustainable cities, he is involved in various urban and regional policy issues within the Flanders Government of Belgium.

Over the past decades, he performed as an international consultant for spatial policy projects and programs in cities and countries in Latin-America, Africa and Asia. He has been UN-Habitat expert for the elaboration of International Guidelines on Urban and Territorial Planning (2012-2014) and is currently vice-president of the European Council of Spatial Planners (ECTP-CEU).

Joris is past president of the Association for Spatial Planning in Flanders (VRP), has written on a range of strategic planning issues and chaired numerous jury’s in the field of spatial planning and architecture.
Joris is recognized for exploring strategic approaches within the public governance field, including the cross level integration of local, regional, national and international agendas. He combines conceptual thinking with a pragmatic - project driven - problem solving attitude, keeping close touch with planning practice as the chair of the Municipal Spatial Planning Advisory Board of the city of Leuven.

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Public real estate policy plan Flanders Region

The Flanders Government approved in 2013 a global real estate policy for all the buildings, infrastructure and non-built plots in its portfolio. Objective is to use the public authority’s properties actively as a strategic asset for its core businesses and general welfare of the Flemish society.

It is striving due diligence to its corporate real estate and the highest possible social return while focusing on both a financial return and an exemplary role in the area of sustainability, innovation and quality. Cooperation between different entities within the Flanders Government should eventually lead to common qualitative standards, norms, objectives, benchmarking, transparent reporting and good practice.

A set of instruments was developed: a general Real Estate Forum (Vastgoedforum) consisting of a network and information meeting, three times a year; an internal real estate market; a global database of all government buildings with their specific assets; a manual with criteria for a sustainable housing of civil servants entre alli. Joris Scheers was the general patrimonial policy manager for the 2007-2013 period.

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