Evert Verhagen (1955) is founder and owner of Creative Cities. He works as a project manager in a wide variety of public space and regeneration projects. Based on his experiences he gives lectures on Universities and conferences throughout the world and works as a coach, advisor and consultant for small and big projects in cities all over the world.
He holds a degree in Hydrology and has been working in different capacities for the city of Amsterdam. After starting Creative Cities in 2004 he worked in places like Casablanca, Moscow, Nova Friburgo and Paris and in the Netherlands in The Hague, Rotterdam, Eindhoven, Utrecht, Apeldoorn, Emmen and many others.
He was the project manager for the award winning Westergasfabriek regeneration project. In 2004 this project won the Golden Pyramid, the Dutch government award for excellent project management. The Culture park Westergasfabriek was nominated in 2007 for the International Urban Landscape Award (IULA). The project won the Landscape Institute Award (UK) in 2007. In 2010 the Westergasfabriek project won the Europa Nostra award.
Evert Verhagen worked as interim director for Hofbogen BV in Rotterdam, he advised the city of Casablanca on the reuse of a vacant abattoir, he worked as advisor for the province of Overijssel on the cultural reuse of their industrial heritage and organised a two year learning course for the Dutch Governmental Building Agency. He has been advising on many different park projects around the globe, like Hiraya park in Tel Aviv and Zaryadye park in Moscow. He is in the advisory team for park 21 in Haarlemmermeer polder.
Evert wrote the book Creativity and the City (2003) together with Simon Franke. He also contributed as an author to Creative City Perspectives (2009) and New Ideas for Old Buildings (2009). In 1990 he wrote the book Van Bijlmermeer tot Amsterdam Zuidoost.
Evert Verhagen is a speaker on many conferences throughout the world. His main topics are creativity, cities and regeneration.
He is the organiser of the yearly “Harbour safari” in Amsterdam (Havensafari). During this three hour tour one can go into the harbour of Amsterdam and experience it like never before.
He is member of the advisory board for Stenden University in Leeuwarden. Het is member of the board for for Vechtclub XL in Utrecht, for (CITIES) in Amsterdam as well as for the Pinto House in Amsterdam.