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Personal background
Henri Snel was confronted with Alzheimer’s disease almost two decade ago when his mother was diagnosed with the illness. He has since become engaged with the illness and its consequences. This resulted in a series of research projects into the living conditions of Alzheimer’s patients from his professional Architectural viewpoint, often involving students from different educational institutions and different (scientific) specialists in cross-over collaborations.
 
Recent publications
– Interview met De Nieuwe Praktijk, is een platform voor zorgverleners en zorgprofessionals over nieuwe initiatieven, verbonden aan het ministerie van            Volksgezondheid, Welzijn en sport, 2018
– Healing Spaces For a Better Life, interview with Henri Snel in the Hedonist magazine about Alzheimer and Architecture, 2017
– Henri Snel was one of the collaborators of the book ‘Active Design in Buildings by BETA-office, commissioned by the Municipality of Amsterdam, 2016
– CrossoverWorks #4 and an interview with Henri Snel, look also at: Federatie Dutch Creative Industries, 2016
 De Architect over Evidence Based Design met een bijdrage van Henri Snel (Dutch), 2016
 Insight series #8 (read the book on issuu): Hacking Healthcare, 2015
– Insight series #7 (read the book on issuu): Dementia friendly neighbourhood, 2014
– Essay bijdrage van Henri Snel aan de Hedy d’Ancona award, 2014 (Dutch)
– Essay contribution from Henri Snel on the Hedy d’Ancona award, 2014
– Insight series #6 (read the book on issuu): (Re)Thinking Le Corbusier, 2013
Insight series #5 (read the book on issuu): The transformation of a snoezel corridor, 2013
– Essay contribution to the book ‘Manuscript’ from the author Prof. Dipl. Ing. Axel Muller-Scholl with the topic: ‘The haptics of water’, 2013
Insight series #4 (read the book on issuu): Haptic installations, 2012
Insight series #3 (read the book on issuu): Urgent matters through space, 2012
Insight series #2 (read the book on issuu): A haptic future, research on 24/7 care with dementia in Paramaribo, 2011
Insight series #1 (read the book on issuu): A short look into your future, who is afraid of Alzheimer’s, 2011
A research on soliDNA, on fixed space, non-moving space that is flexible in itself, 2009
 
Significant secondary activities alongside the research into Alzheimer’s and architecture
September 2018-present
September 2015-June 2018
PhD candidate VU University Amsterdam, Faculty of Behavioural and Movement Sciences and Department of Psychiatry and VU University Medical Center with the topic Alzheimer and Architecture. 
January 2018-present
Member of the Amsterdam Research Institute of the Arts and Sciences (ARIAS) 
November 2017-present
Member of the Board of the Landelijk Platform Odensehuizen (LPO) 
September 2016-present
Graduation tutor at the Academy of Architecture, Amsterdam
August 2015-present
Preceptor at the UvA / VU. De Bildung Academie is an additional academic platform covering that what existing universities do not stimulate enough: the focus point is the attention on personal development of students and the promotion of their social responsibility. Apart from scientific knowledge and analytical skills we need empathy, imagination and requires an ethical framework to find a way in the rapidly changing world. 
September 2016-present
Gerrit Rietveld Academie, Amsterdam. Tutor Architectural Design 
January 2015-present
Socratic dialogue coach. The Socratic method focuses on the value of dialogue (a shared understanding is constructed by collaborative dialogue) for questions that have no obviously right or wrong answer, and it assumes that people already have the answers they need within them and that all they need is to be challenged to look deeper and longer in order to discover them 
September 2003-September 2016
Gerrit Rietveld Academie, Amsterdam. Head of Inter-Architecture and lecturer research and Architecture 
September 2014-present
Member of the Board of the Odensehuis, Amsterdam 
September 2014-December 2016
Henri Snel and Caro van Dijk are responsible together with Cordaan and the Creative Industries Fund for the research on ‘the art and science of dementia care’ in collaboration with six interdisciplinary teams consisting of scientists, health care professionals, manufacturers and designers 
September 2013-December 2016
Member advisory art committee AIDSmonument 
June 2013-present
Advisor various health authorities in relation to dementia
September 2013-September 2017
Chairman advisory committee Architecture at the Creative Industries Fund 
September 2009-present
Academy of Architecture, Amsterdam Visiting critic and tutor graduation students 

 

Education
2012-2013
Socratic Dialogue training, a philosophical method in which participants work intensively together in brainstorming sessions. 
2001-2002
University of Amsterdam. Didactic grade for Universities of Applied Sciences 
1992-1998
Academy of Architecture, Amsterdam. Architecture: Master of Architecture (MArch) 
1986-1991
Gerrit Rietveld Academie,Amsterdam. Interior Architecture: Bachelor of Design (BDes)