Edgar Westerhof

Edgar is the National Director for Flood Risk and Resiliency for North America. Edgar is a water consultant with 20 years of experience in integrated water management. He has a deep understanding of urban and industrial flood proofing concepts, infrastructure planning and design, sustainable urban water management and waterfront development and international water management concepts. Edgar was leading the ARCADIS participation in the international HUD Rebuild by Design competition, including the winning BIG U – Waterfront Resiliency Plan of Manhattan. Edgar functions as the climate change adaptation specialist regarding integrated and multi-layered coastal waterfront and urban water management strategies. He plays a key role in the identification and implementation of our local and international flood proofing expertise. As the Flood Risk & Resiliency Lead, Edgar is the Rockefeller Foundation 100RC participation lead for the US and involved in strategic initiatives regarding climate change adaptation and water resiliency concepts. Most recently Edgar initiated a collaboration with UPenn, bridging Miami’s climate challenges to the city of Philadelphia. Edgar has given master classes on resilience and climate adaptation at UPenn, Yale University, Harvard and Columbia and is the contributing author and editor of the book Adapting Cities to Sea Level Rise (Island Press) and Blue Dunes (Columbia Press). Edgar functions as a press spokesperson on resilience in the US, Canada and the NL. Prior to his position with ARCADIS, Edgar was the project manager overseeing waterfront and infrastructure planning work of a leading EURO 400M mixed use waterfront urban – industrial sustainable revitalization site in the Netherlands.

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