Welkom bij Koninklijke Dekker



 The symposium promises to bring you rich and educational presentations by 3 leading industry experts on sustainability, wood innovation and knowledge. Included, we have a networking opportunity with key industry ancillary system partners.


Robbert Dekker (1968) is the owner and managing director of Royal Dekker active in wood (products), real estate and solar energy.

Dekker Timber is a vertically integrated producer and distributor of hardwood, softwood, MDF and woodcomposite products. Ranging from products deriving from its FSC certified forest concessions and mills in Bolivia to the distribution of Accoya and HOLZ100 cross laminated timber for (high rise) construction. Garden products and flooring are sold worldwide, sales of cladding, joinery (timber) and mouldings are mainly focused on Western Europe. Its strategy is fully focused on sustainability, quality and short delivery time through Quick Response Manufacturing.

Robbert Dekker received his MSc from Georgetown University with an honours degree in International Business Diplomacy in 1992 and has dedicated his career to promoting sustainable development. With 35.000 solar panels on 26 rooftops generating 9,3 MWp, equivalent to the electricity used by 3,100 Dutch households he is apparently the largest ‘single owner’ of solar energy in The Netherlands. From 2008 to 2017 he has also been the president of the board of FSC Netherlands.



Hans Goverde (1964) studied at the TU Delft and worked as an architect in Fribourg, Switzerland, and Amsterdam. He works since 1995 at Kraaijvanger where he focuses on complex urban assignments, multifunctional buildings and integrated design processes like PPP and DBFMO and programs.

His architecture is characterized by the eye for the human scale within lage scale – often urban – projects. Since 2001 Hans Goverde is part of the management team of Kraaijvanger.



Anthony Thistleton is a founding Director of Waugh Thistleton Architects and a passionate advocate of timber construction.

Over the last 16 years Waugh Thistleton Architects have established an international reputation for beautiful buildings that acknowledge their impact on the environment. Waugh Thistleton strive to find the most efficient, aesthetic and ambitious architectural solutions that require the least resources. The core ambition of the practice is to achieve sustainability in construction.

Waugh Thistleton have completed a diverse range of projects from cinemas to synagogues, and social housing to shopping centres. The practice works on large and small projects from master-plans to individual private houses. Since being responsible for the first CLT structure in the UK in 2004, Waugh Thistleton have been passionate advocates of engineered timber, completing the world’s first high rise timber building in London in 2009 and prioritise timber construction in practice.

Andrew Waugh and Anthony Thistleton continue to proselytise about the use of timber in construction across the globe as a significant contributor to carbon sequestration and a counter to climate change. As well as a number of timber commercial and residential developments in the design stages, they are now on site with a 121 unit scheme in CLT which pushes the limits of the technology and will be the largest single CLT building in the world.



Over Martijn Borgsteede