Rutger de Graaf
Dr. Rutger de Graaf-van Dinther grew up in a town 3.5 meters below the sea level in the Netherlands. As a civil engineering student of Delft University of Technology, he was trained by the best flood control engineers in the world. Learning about dikes, pumping stations and storm surge barriers he became fascinated by something entirely different: a more adaptive approach of Living with Water rather than fighting against the water. During the completion of his MSc and PhD (both finished cum laude), he started to work on sustainable floating cities as a solution to urgent global challenges such as climate change and land scarcity. He is now co-founder/director of Blue21, the first maritime urban design company in the world. Blue21 has an international client base. This includes the USA, China, Japan, Singapore, Malaysia and various countries from Europe. With his team, Rutger had been involved in the design, engineering and realization of iconic floating projects such as the Floating Pavilion Rotterdam, and Floating Ecohomes, Harnaschpolder Delft, the Netherlands. More recently, the INNOZOWA floating solar project was added to this list.