Humans of IHS: Remco Vermeulen

Humans of IHS is a mini-portrait series that features the people who make IHS a unique place. Many of the urban professionals with common roots at IHS, often describe it as a very welcoming, familiar space, where they not only acquired valuable knowledge for their career, but also formed solid ties and friendships with their peers. This is what drove us to create this mini-series: the wish to give others a glimpse of the amazing people that make IHS special.

Remco Vermeulen works at IHS as a specialist in Urban Heritage Strategies for six years. He started as a freelancer and is currently the IHS short course coordinator on Urban Heritage Strategies. He decides on the curriculum, focus and teachers to have in the programme.

He highlights the international atmosphere of IHS as his favourite feature. “What I like about working at IHS is that we work with so many different people, so many different backgrounds from all over the world. I get to learn from colleagues, students and course participants every day.”

Learning is his main motivation. “What drives me in my life and my career is learning. Learning from every single thing that I do, every single experience that I have. Not only to teach but also to learn. If there was a day when I didn’t learn anything, it’s a wasted day.”

With this passion to learn and evolve he would like to solve the problem of livable cities. 

“Now you see, once you start making a city more beautiful or more livable, it often becomes unaffordable for a lot of people. I hope there is a way where we can make livable cities affordable for everyone at the same time.”