“What attracts me in The Patching Zone is that boundaries and connections are being explored. There is space for experiment.” Jan Oosterman, May 1 2013.

Jan is since 2012 chairman of the Supervisory Board of The Patching Zone.

Jan studied urban sociology at University of Groningen in the 1980s. In 1993, he completed his PhD in the use and meaning of public space in Dutch city centres in the 1970s and 1980s, at the University of Utrecht. Jan researched what kind of functions squares and streets have for a city and how those functions change over time.

Currently, Jan is working as an advisor of leisure, tourism, recreation and urban development at Royal HaskoningDHV. Here, Jan and his team are coaching clients like municipalities and provinces with their plans for sports, culture and tourism.

Jan is an expert in giving advice and writing integral visions and plans. He was, for example, project leader of the Olympic Head Structure in 2011. Under his supervision the spatial integration of the possible Olympics in The Netherlands in the year 2028 was being investigated. He also wrote, for example, the Economical Vision en the Vision Recreation and Tourism for the province of Utrecht.