Van Reusel

Hanne is an Osmos Network partner bringing the team expertise on the commons, participative processes and the development of public space.

Hanne considers herself an “architect.e”, advocating for architecture to focus on quality of life and wellbeing. She is a pragmatic activist committed to participative design, the commons and sustainability.


As a researcher, she developed a practice-based PhD in Architecture (KU Leuven and PoliTo). She has spent part of her career within academia as a lecturer and researcher. Her research has covered topics such as the role of living labs in research, ‘commoning’ in policy and action and community governance in reactivating abandoned spaces.


As a practitioner, she approaches urban design within the context of transitions based on the exchange between many interest groups (public, civil and private) to facilitate collective visioning and guide change. She has supported the Brussels Capital Region various transition projects in schools, public housing agencies and in addressing mobility shifts. She has supported towns across Flanders in their shift towards greener, calmer more human town centres. She has supported cities across Europe with activating Nature-Based Solutions in parks and public spaces.

  • Toestand International – ‘Reactivation of an abandoned urban space.’ Socio-Cultural Space Tirana, Albania.
  • Doctor of Architecture – KU Leuven (BE)
  • Doctor of Philosophy in Architecture, History and Project – Politecnico di Torino (IT)
  • TRADERS autumn school – The role of participatory art and design in the reconfiguration of work (BE)
  • MSc Architecture – KU Leuven (BE)
Professional experience
  • Researcher
  • Visiting researcher at University IUAV di Venezia for the S.U.N. City project – Sustainable urban neighborhoods in Padova (IT)
  • Co-founder – Josaph’Aire NGO (BE)
  • Co-founder – Recup’Kitchen asbl (BE)
  • Researcher and project manager ‘Incubators of Public Spaces’ –  KU Leuven (BE)


Language skills

Dutch (native)

English (fluent)

French (fluent spoken, confident writing)

Italian (fluent spoken, intermediate writing)

Hanne's insights



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Engaging stakeholders in the urban study for a new unified administrative centre.

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