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The UvA has been working with the City of Amsterdam, West 8 urban development agency and various internal and external stakeholders to develop the University Quarter Strategic Master Plan (SMP) over the past few years. The document will be available for inspection and consultation at the municipality in March. In preparation for this moment, we will be organising an online meeting on the content of the SMP and current developments in the University Quarter (UQ) for all current and future UQ students and employees on 1 March.

Strategic Masterplan

This plan outlines the rationale for the various ensuing sub-projects on the basis of our strategic principles. These include the design of the university buildings and public spaces, as well as issues such as mobility, logistics and sustainability.  

We will be explaining these basic principles in more detail during the meeting and outlining the plan's implications for the UvA and its students and employees. How will the UQ benefit the city? How will this new vision impact our buildings, the way we work in future and the distribution of UvA functions and facilities throughout the area?

Current developments in the University Quarter 

The SMP provides a sound basis for efforts to develop and redevelop this historical part of Amsterdam into a unique urban area. However, we are operating in a historical framework that also has implications in terms of our construction planning and financial resources.

We recently published a news update on these subjects. We will be discussing our progress in relation to the SMP during the meeting in an effort to address the issues raised. 

Meeting structure and programme


  • Jan Lintsen (Executive Board) 
  • Kees Lammers (Director of Real Estate Development) 
  • Dennis Coenraad (UQ Programme Manager) 
  • Penne Hangelbroek (West 8)  
  • Guido Wallagh (Moderator, INBO)

Date:         1 March
Time:         12:30 - 14:00Location:     Online, login link will be provided after registration


  • Word of welcome (Guido Wallagh)  Explanation of latest developments (Jan Lintsen)
  • Explanation of the SMP process (Kees Lammers) 
  • Cultural history + SMP urban development concept (Penne Hangelbroek) 
  • Explanation of topics + building/area branding (Dennis Coenraad) 
  • Q&A 

There will be plenty of opportunity to ask the speakers any questions you may have, which will be gathered by the moderator. You will also have an opportunity to put your questions to the municipality during the Q&A session.

Further details and registration

To sign up for the meeting, send an email to You will then receive a link to the online meeting and an overview of the full programme. The meeting will be recorded and made available to those who are unable to attend.