The Arch Tech Company

UNSense is the new arch tech company that designs solutions and develops technology for buildings and cities. Its goal is to make the built environment more healthy, safe, human-centric and sustainable for the people that visit, live and work in them.

Rooted in and built upon almost 30 years of architectural experience of UNStudio, UNSense is expanding the architectural practice towards the world of technological innovation in the fields of experience design, smart technologies, data analysis and sensorial adaptive design.

We advise local Dutch municipalities (Amsterdam, The Hague, Rotterdam, Utrecht, Hilversum) as well as cities across the globe (Bangalore, Milan, Osaka) on the development and implementation of smart technologies into buildings and the urban environment.

UNSense is supported by a vast cross-sectoral network – including architects, urban designers, tech experts, data analysts, algorithmists, researchers, social scientists, and even philosophers and futurists. We embrace a multi-disciplinary approach that involves all stakeholders from city governments, private developers, real estate companies, as well as citizens – to create site specific and future-proof visions and strategies.

To realise our long term vision, we develop products to enrich traditional architecture. With  innovative technology we create and develop sensorial experiences that positively impact the physical, mental and social wellbeing of the inhabitants of buildings or urban areas.  In close partnership with other innovation companies, we ideate and incubate concepts to products, new companies and eventually scale-ups. Our team consists of both creative, organisational and financial experts to maximise successful development of the new products.

UNSense is based in the Freedom Lab Campus, a crossover innovation hub in Amsterdam.



Meet the UNSense Team

The UNSense team is made up of highly experienced people, all of whom are motivated to make a difference in the intersection between technology and the built environment. We work with people from architecture, urban design and technology backgrounds to gain the best insights into human behavior and how a space can adapt to this. Our approach is research and data driven social impact and this is reflected in our team. What binds us is a strong vision of the future of the built environment and a determination to make that future happen.

Ben van Berkel


Roger Tan

Leading the Company

Emmelien Kneppers

Strategic Business Development

Saskia Leenstra

Project Management & Financial Modelling

Filippo Lodi

Research & Technology

Ren Yee

Innovation Strategy & Forecasting

Dana Behrman

Urban Strategies

Machteld Kors

Marketing & Communication

William de Boer

Product Development

Ergin Birinci

Future of Mobility: Research & Forecasting

Bart Chompff

Media Research & Building Technology

Harlen Miller

Computational Research

Karen Murphy


Steve O’Reilly

Social Media

Piotr Prokopowicz

Future of Work & Campus: Research & Forecasting

Alexandra Virlan

Future of Living: Research & Forecasting

Sander Versluis

Building Technology

Julia Gottstein

Future of Culture & Commerce: Research & Forecasting

Esther Brejaart

Innovation Support Officer

Job vacancy: Sensorial Experience Designer / SX Designer

UNSense i looking for a SX Designer to focus on various aspects of sensorial design, pertaining to its application in the threshold of the built environment and technology. He/she will be able to connect technology concepts with spatial solutions and vice versa. Day to day tasks include:

• Participate in the design of concepts, drawings, models and other design materials

• Develop conceptual designs which can be translated into tangible solutions

• Prepare presentations to clients and partners

We look forward to receive your C.V./resume + portfolio+ short motivation letter before August 10th, 2018 at Please add the vacancy title to the subject in your email.

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Job vacancy: Strategic Program Manager (Freelance)

We are looking for a freelance Strategic Program Manager for our office in Amsterdam. This senior role can further evolve into a contract position. Tasks include:

• Further develop and execute UNSense’s smart city consultancy proposition in terms of strategy and specific projects

• Project delivery of multi-stakeholder programs and client relationship management

• Engage, develop and manage strategic partnerships

Interested? We look forward to receive your C.V./resume + portfolio+ short motivation letter IN DUTCH before July 27th, 2018. Click below to know more.

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Job vacancy: Sensorial Experience Designer (Internship)

Would you like to join us in our mission to create a better life for people in buildings and cities worldwide? We are looking for a Sensorial Experience Design Intern in order to help the team create new products and services in the interweaving between the physical and the digital spaces.

The duration of the internship is between 6-12 months (ideally 12 months). Interested? We look forward to receive your C.V./resume + portfolio+ short motivation letter before July 27th, 2018. Click below to know more.

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