Ndvr (short for ‘endeavour’, which stands for exploring, discovering, undertaking, …) is a social enterprise that puts to use spatial and social expertise to increase the positive social impact of spatial projects.  

Ndvr office combines expertise in architecture, urban/spatial planning and social geography to advise, guide and support architects, planners, organizations, ngo's, project developers and governments in pursuing the full social potential of spatial projects and in creating an understanding of complex spatial matters.

Ndvr fund allows us to pro-actively explore the potential and local identity of neighbourhoods in transition to set up an inclusive process and ensure that spatial projects contribute positively to the wellbeing and quality of life of local residents, enterprises, organizations, and other local stakeholders. The fund aims to be a platform to disclose and communicate social-spatial, experience and research. 





Through socio-spatial research and an analysis of scenarios, ndvr explores the social potential of a spatial project. Based on this research ndvr suggests possible spatial interventions, conditions, design tools, and programs. Ndvr helps architects, urban planners, developers and governments by creating public support with a smooth process and socio-spatial value creation as a result.


Ndvr also performs commissioned socio-spatial research focusing on specific themes, places or questions. For this research ndvr implements and coordinates inclusive socio-spatial processes and strategies. Therefor ndvr uses a wide range of developed methods and tools on the one hand, but also creates new tailored methods on the other hand.


Based on their multi-local knowledge, ndvr gives lectures and design studios, and organizes workshops and trainings. 


Unlike the conventional project approach with designers and planners being involved too late and only for a short time, the ndvr fund is active in neighbourhoods in spatial transition for a long period of time to enable building knowledge and inclusion. Ndvr sees this long-term presence and engagement in neighbourhoods as a tipping point in the realization of qualitative socio-spatial projects.

By being active in various neighborhoods with spatial challenges, ndvr is building a multi local learning network that enables knowledge exchange. The ndvr fund is an open learning structure that involves different private, (non-) governmental organization and citizen movements.

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Maarten Desmet is an architect and PhD researcher at TU Delft. He did an internship at the Ministry of Works and Human Settlement in Bhutan and published a book on the country’s development philosophy Gross National Happiness. Maarten is co-founder of the sustainability service For Good and board member at the University for the Common Good. 

Currently working at ndvr office & fund: Ellen Verbiest, Sabine Tonet, Anne-Sofie Verheyen

Previously working at ndvr office & fund: Eva De Clerck, Regina Smirnova, Tonnete Mas, Kathleen De Beukelaer.

Tim Devos is engineer-architect and urban planner.  After working as a researcher for ‘Steunpunt Ruimte & Wonen’ at the Department Urban planning & Architecture, he is currently a PhD researcher at the Social Geography Department at KU Leuven. He research focuses on the inclusion of unconventional stakeholders in planning. 

Seppe De Blust is sociologist and urban planner. After working in between politics and policy, he was responsible for planning processes at the Antwerp architectural and urban planning office Stramien. Seppe is member of the international network of planners Urbego. In his PhD research at KU Leuven he focuses on alternative neighbourhood redevelopment. 



Maarten Desmet
tel. +32 485 51 02 07

Tim Devos 
tel. +32 478 25 62 12

Seppe De Blust
tel. +32 491 72 73 44

Ellen Verbiest
tel. +32 473 77 79 27

office: Marialei 29, 2018 Antwerp, Belgium