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“Water, from risk to reward by design” - Henk Ovink & Martha Thorne

The jumpthegap®(talk) took place at the Roca Madrid Gallery. The session focused on the water crisis and sustainability related to design and architecture. 

Martha Thorne and Henk Ovink composed the round table. 

Martha Thorne

Martha Thorne is Dean of IE School of Architecture and Design.

Since 2005, she has served as the Executive Director of the Pritzker Architecture Prize, often referred to as “architecture’s Nobel.  Thorne, who holds  degrees in urban affairs and city planning,  often writes for  books and journals on contemporary architecture and cities.  For three years, she was as a member of  the ArcVision jury, a prize honouring outstanding women architects. 




Henk Ovink

Henk Ovink is currently the Special Envoy for International Water Affairs for the Kingdom of The Netherlands. As an ambassador, he is responsible for advocating water awareness around the world. 

He has served as Director General for Planning and Water Affairs and Director for National Spatial Planning for the Dutch Government. Ovink served on President Obama’s Hurricane Sandy Rebuilding Task Force and developed and led the “Rebuild by Design” contest. Rebuild by Design was awarded the first-ever “Most Groundbreaking Federal Challenge or Prize Competition” by the US Federal Government.