Adrian Hill

Adrian is a founding partner of the Osmos Network responsible for general operations with expertise in production in cities and ecological systems.

Adrian was trained in environmental design (UNSW, Sydney) and urbanism (TU Delft), applying design skills to address issues related to infrastructure and resources. He has two decades of experience working across a range of areas and topics such as urban sustainability, mobility, agriculture, ecosystems management, renewable energy networks, production in cities and material cycles.

 

Born in Canada, raised in Australia and Latin America and living for periods in Barcelona, Rotterdam and now Brussels has given Adrian the capacity to work fluently in different cultural, linguistic and geographic conditions.

 

His generalist background and autodidactic attitude has taught him to move comfortably between theoretical concepts and technical detail, an invaluable skill for facilitating multi-disciplinary teams. With an interest in cooperation and stakeholder management, Adrian takes a human-centred approach to any project. This provides him with a strong base for dealing with complex problems that require systemic design, transition planning and strategic leadership.

 

Adrian has a particular interest in production and resource management in urban areas. He developed and coordinated the JPI funded project Cities of Making (2017-2020), exploring manufacturing in Brussels, London and Rotterdam. This resulted in a book called ‘Foundries of the Future’. He supported ESPON developing expertise on spaces for production in European cities in the MISTA project (Metropolitan Industrial Strategies & Economic Sprawl). He supported the Brussels Capital Region with the development of policy associated with the productive city movement for the forthcoming ‘Productive Brussels’ plan. He has provided expertise to France’s PUCA on their productive cities programme and is coordinating the METREX expert group on the same topic. He has lectured extensively at universities and forums across the world such as University College London, TU Delft, TU Vienna, Politecnico di Milano, Global Industrie (Lyon), URBACT, Moscow Urban Forum, Urban Manufacturing Next (Seoul), the Fabcity Summit and the European Week of Cities and Regions.

Education
  • MSc Urbanism – TU Delft (NL)
  • Diploma in Graphic Communication – Escola Massanna (ES)
  • Diploma in European Urbanism – UPC Barcelona (ES)
  • B Landscape Architecture – UNSW (AU)
Professional experience
  • Director and project manager – Osmos Network (BE/NL)

  • Expert in productive cities – METREX (EU)

  • Researcher – ULB BATiR (BE)

  • Project coordinator – Cities of Making (European funded project)

  • Researcher & designer – BUUR (Leuven BE)

  • Researcher & course coordinator – TU Delft Faculty of Architecture (NL)

  • President & board member – Trees of Newcastle (AU)

  • Associate – Terras Landscape Architects (Newcastle AU)

Expertise

Language skills

English (native)

Spanish (fluent spoken / fluent writing)

Dutch (fluent spoken / confident writing)

French (fluent / confident writing)

Adrian's insights

Designing means not ends

Humanity has a good idea of what a sustainable future looks like, but struggles to get there. Publication: Process Design – an Explorer’s Guide

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