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Tjeerd Deelstra (1937) is a registered architect and urban planner. He worked at the Netherland's Government Planning Office, was a professor at Delft University of Technology, worked for international organisations such as UNESCO, UNDP, UNEP and WHO and taught environmental planning at different Universities around the world. In 1989 he founded the International Institute for the Urban Environment.
His engagement in sustainable development is, amongst other things, expressed in a series of expositions and television programmes which he conceived, as well as in his many publications about the urban environment, which are available in the major languages of the world.