Describe yourself, your background and what you do today.
I’m a 50-year-old architect married to an amazing woman, father of a 20-year-old son, and 18-year-old daughter. I was born in Rome, went to school in Belgium and university in the US. I’ve lived in Hawaii, San Francisco and New York. Today I run an international architectural practice based in Brussels.
How has Brussels shaped you as an individual as well as your professional activities?
Brussels has taught me three things: self-derision; that the capital of Europe is Europe itself; and that the metropolitan citizens living in the city are all zinneke.
List three things you like the most about Brussels.
- The food.
- Its trees.
- The fact that we’re just a couple of hours away from Paris, London and Amsterdam by train.
List three deciding factors that converted you to bicycle use.
- Its speed.
- Its doubling as good source of exercise.
- Its contribution to keeping our planet clean.
List three favourite bike routes in Brussels.
- Brussels’ subway network is not as efficient as that in other cities, such as NYC, London or Paris. My Brompton is a very close second though – I see it as a natural extension of the missing subway routes throughout the city.
- The Promenade du Chemin de Fer starts at Delta, right next to our office, and goes all the way to UCL. For years, I would take this route to check out our Cameleon site while it was still under construction. What a pleasure it was to ride on this flat route in the woods without any cars.
- All the cycle paths that will be built in the near future.