A Memorandum of Understanding, championed by the Consulate General of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Miami, was signed between Delft University’s School of Architecture and UMSoA for exploring avenues of exchange and collaboration in the coastal resilience field.
Delft University of Technology is the largest and oldest technological university in the Netherlands, a country where an understanding of climate change and sea-level rise is embedded in the culture and a history of technological innovation. Delft prides itself on being a forward-looking, creative institution with an international outlook, where problem-solving through teamwork is emphasized. The Department of Architecture has a global reputation and responds actively to changing social conditions both nationally and internationally. The ceremonial signing followed a lecture by Henk Ovink, who represented the Dutch Institution. Henk Ovink, known as the Ambassador of Water led the Tecnoglass lecture, advocating the need for collaboration and building coalitions among governments and multilateral organizations to raise water awareness around the world.