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Laura Smits Curriculum Vitae

Personal Details and Contact Information Full name: Date of birth: Address: E-mail: Telephone:

Laura Elise Smits (Laura) November 16, 1985, Amsterdam Rijksstraatweg 127, Amsterdam, the Netherlands the Netherlands: +31 638225619 // Haiti: +509 48180634

Educational Background Master’s degree 2009-2012

University exchanges

Bachelor’s degree 2004- 2009

Delft University of Technology, Delft, the Netherlands Architecture, Urbanism and Building Sciences Spatial planning and strategy. Master thesis on sustainable spatial planning strategies in Haiti focused by endogenous production. Universidad Politechnica de Valencia, Valencia, Spain. (Aug. 2010- Jan. 2011) Erasmus mundus program. Urban planning and graphic design. University of Amsterdam, Amsterdam, the Netherlands (Jan. 2008- Jun. 2008) Human geography, planning and international development. Delft University of Technology, Delft, the Netherlands Architecture. Final thesis on revitalising public space in Rotterdam’s city centre.

Professional Experience 2012 (Aug.-Dec.)

Architecture for Humanity, Port au Prince, Haiti Urban planner/designer Development of urban masterplans as well as small-scale interventions through the integrated neighbourhood approach. Assisted in community charettes. Wrote neighbourhood assessment reports, filled gaps in data by mapping in the field (GPS based).

2012 (Jul. - Aug.)

SODADE, Port au Prince, Haiti Urban planner/designer Responsible for the development of a GIS based map and a data collection method for the Canaan area (through site visits and literature study).

2011 (Oct.-Nov.)

Cordaid (Dutch NGO), Port au Prince and Leogane, Haiti Researcher Conducted a vulnerability assessment of the inhabitants of Cordaid’s Leogane areas, and combined this data with existing data on hazard probability into a quick risk-map.

2009 (Jan.-May)

Municipality of Amsterdam, Amsterdam, the Netherlands Research intern Assisted in urban planning and design projects in Amsterdam’s east quarter, concerning urban regeneration, business development and the planning of an urban expansion area.

2007- 2008

Delft University of Technology, Delft, the Netherlands Member of the Student Council (full time) Elected student representative for the entire student body of DUT (15,000 students). Represented the student body in monthly meetings with the Board of Directors, evaluated educational programs, and implemented own initiatives.

Languages and Skills Dutch English French Spanish German Software:

Native language Fluent Working proficiency Working proficiency Working proficiency ArcMap (GIS), Adobe suite (graphic design), Sketchup, Autocad, Microsoft Office

Other Activities // Competitions // Publications 2013 (Feb.)

Publication: Cathedral competition entry FURUTO, A. 2013. Notre Dame de l’Assomption – National Cathedral Competition Entry / YCF Group. ArchDaily [Online]. Available:

2012 (Dec.)

Competition: Haitian National Cathedral Competition Worked on an entry for new ideas for the National Cathedral of Port au Prince. Landscape design and layout of final entry.

2012 (Jul.)

Research: Meta-Evaluation of the American Red Cross t-shelter program, Port au Prince, Haiti Developed a set of neighbourhood profiles as an example of contextual analysis that can potentially inform post-disaster decision making (not publicly available).

2012 (Jun.-Jul,)


2005- 2006

Academics: Teaching assistant MIT/UC Berkeley/Worldbank/Quisqueya/UEH summerschool Assisted in logistics of the CRUH (Centre de Recherche de Universitaire Haitien, a collaboration between Haitian universities (Quisqueya and UEH) and MIT, UC Berkeley and the Worldbank) summerschool. I also gave a few lectures. Competition: Finalist ‘battle of the best beta’ contest. Worked on a joined assignment for Accenture and Plan Nederland concerning the design of a new digital registration system for beneficiaries. Academics: Elected student representative for the student body of the faculty of Architecture.

CV Laura Smits Feb. 2013  

CV Laura Smits Feb. 2013