MADE IT is the study association connected to the master Metropolitan Analysis, Design and Engineering (MSc MADE), a joint degree of Wageningen University and Research and University of Technology in Delft. Located on the ground floor of the AMS Institute building, the association strives to enhance both the professional and social development of the students. Unofficially founded in 2017 by the very first students of this master program, it has officially taken shape in January 2019 and has been continuously developing since.
MADE IT is a study association initiated, designed and shaped by students and its main purpose is facilitating the development of its members. This is done through two main activities: firstly, the professional development is addressed by organizing career-related events (ranging from workshops to study trips); secondly, through socializing and bonding events, relationships among students are built and strengthened, fostering true friendships.
Moreover, MADE IT strives to be the nexus of all stundent-centered activities taking place at AMS Institute and in its network. Also, it plays an important connecting role between MSc MADE students and the activities taking place at partner universities in Wagingen and Delft. Lastly, MADE IT plays an active role in the development of MSc MADE from an administrative point of view, as well as an educational one by constantly giving feedback on the curriculum.
The above picture presents the board of MADE IT for the academic year 2019-2020. From left to right: Gabriel Hirlav, Wouter Johanns, Nora Thierry and Jelle Burger. Below the four members are introduced:
As the Chairman of MADE IT, Wouter is responsible for the day-to-day operation of the association. He makes sure that within the board business keeps on going and he is a point of contact for MSc MADE students and AMS staff.
“Within my function, I strive to develop myself professionally, while at the same time adding value for the MADE community.”
Chairman MADE IT
Before starting MADE in 2018, Wouter graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Architecture, Urbanism and Building Sciences from the Eindhoven University of Technology. He joined the MADE master’s program to broaden his perspective on designing for the city. And it has been broad for sure: In the past year, he has been working on projects with topics ranging from Roboat to diapers and from sopropo to mobility in ARTIS.
Nora is a MADE student and the secretary of the study association MADE IT. She attained a bachelor’s degree in Structural Engineering/Architecture after graduating from the Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences. She joined the MADE master program to learn more about sustainable developments and the future innovations in the metropolitan area.
“By joining the board of Study Association MADE IT I hope to develop professional skills and create a social network besides the master’s program.”
Secretary MADE IT
Jelle is the treasurer of MADE IT, the study association of the MSc MADE program. He is responsible for the association's finances. As a board member, Jelle strives to organize the finances of this young association in a more professional way. In addition to being a board member, Jelle also contributes to building the MADE IT community by being a member of the activity committee.
“I joined the MADE master program because I am interested in more integrated, sustainable and diverse solutions for urban areas, and because I appreciate the new forms of education that MSc MADE offers.”
Treasurer MADE IT
Before joining MSc MADE, Jelle graduated from Technology, Policy and Management at TU Delft. As a bachelor student, Jelle participated in the TU Delft honoursprogram, partook in several committees as well as a board, and interned at the municipality of Amsterdam, Rijksvastgoedbedrijf and Rijkswaterstaat. During those internships he concentrated on the development of a more circular built environment and the evaluation of regional policy networks.
As vice-president of the MADE IT board, Gabriel is responsible for exploring partnership opportunities, and fostering these relations to recognize the added value for both AMS Institute and MSc MADE students. He also organizes board activities and ensures an efficient structure for the study association. Being part of the career and study trip committees, he keeps on overview of their needs, and coordinates their activities to be suitable for students, professors, AMS Institute, and external partners.
“Sometimes one needs to take a step back and to allow himself to see things from a different perspective. It is only when you live outside the urban complexity that you truly begin to understand it objectively. Facing the challenges of climate change, I felt overwhelmed and powerless, and decided to take a break and join the snowy, frozen world of Dalarna County in Sweden, where I spent the winter with 34 Siberian Huskies. I found the purposeful connection with nature that most of us are missing in the urban, but I also recognized the challenges of rural communities. My ambition is to contribute to a just, equitable, and sustainable development of both these two worlds.”
Vice-president MADE IT
Gabriel has a background in Aerospace Engineering, Sustainable Design Engineering, and Industrial Ecology. Throughout his academic and professional life, he helped build hydrogen racing cars and rockets, he worked in R&D for automotive companies, in office administration, as an analyst for an energy company, in environmental consultancy, and he was a musher in Northern Sweden. He is now also working part-time as an office manager for AMS. Growing up in rural Romania, in The Carpathians, Gabriel longs to keep the forests of his childhood intact, and to someday help design better cities.