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This profile was last updated on 11/2/12  and contains information from public web pages and contributions from the ZoomInfo community.

Managing Director

Local Address: Chicago, Illinois, United States
Open House Chicago

Employment History


  • law degree
25 Total References
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Bastiaan ..., 15 May 2013 [cached]
Bastiaan Bouma
Chief Executive Officer, Executive Director
American Institute of Architects San Diego Chapter
233 A St. Ste., 200
About: Bastiaan Bouma
For the last few years, the American Institute of Architects San Diego chapter has faced declining membership and a disconnect with the public, but the nonprofit hopes to change its fortunes with its newly hired executive director and CEO Bastiaan Bouma.
"My role here is to serve the interest of our members," Bouma said. "To help them be more effective in the design business because, ultimately, our practitioners are trying to make a living."
Bouma took over as leader and spokesman of the 501(c)(6) nonprofit chapter in November, after Elizabeth O'Malley stepped down as executive director to pursue another career.
The San Diego chapter held a national search last year; Bouma was chosen from a pool of 50, including an applicant from England.
2011 Program Archive - Chicago Architecture Foundation, 1 Nov 2013 [cached]
photo: Bastiaan Bouma
Bastiaan Bouma, Managing Director, openhouschicago, Chicago Architecture Foundation 
Seen from a high vantage point on a clear evening, Chicago's scale is underlined by the seemingly endless rows of street light stretching to the horizon.  Yet despite the apparent vastness of the urban landscape, this is a city of neighborhoods and our neighborhoods are the places where our past, present and future are engaged in a dance that shapes the quality of life of its residents and, ultimately, the fate of the city as a whole.  Fostering understanding and exploration of Chicago at the local level is an emerging theme of CAF and its partners as the Foundation expands greatly its engagement with community issues of design, planning and sustainability.  Ultimately, the built environment is made up of individual buildings.  Maybe the best place to start is to look at some of the more unusual or little known places and spaces that make these communities great.  Join us on September 21 as we assemble a small panel of professionals to highlight a collection of sites around the city sure to stimulate your sense of discovery and exploration.
Built Heritage News, 25 Jan 2011 [cached]
"There's no standard experience here," said Bastiaan Bouma, the managing director of Open House Chicago. "Every one is unique. Every site is unique."
Bouma says the tours go far beyond Chicago's downtown by showcasing changing demographics and points of interest in its far-flung neighborhoods.
"Last year we learned the community-focus ..., 11 Oct 2012 [cached]
"Last year we learned the community-focus model was very successful," says Bastiaan Bouma, managing director for Open House Chicago and the Chicago Architecture Foundation. "We were initially unsure about whether participants would visit neighborhood areas with the same enthusiasm of the downtown sites. Yet many residents came out and toured sites in the communities, validating community engagement."
Apparently, Chicagoans are curious about their own backyards. Bouma cites 80 percent of last year's estimated 25,000-30,000 participants hailed from Chicagoland.
We wanted diversity that captures the full flavor of a location," explains Bouma. He says social and cultural characteristics, along with unique aspects, were primary criteria in selecting spots that will spotlight normally restricted and uncommonly viewed areas.
"Open House is a revelation in terms of seeing how global a city Chicago has become," states Bouma, noting that 2011's event drew guests from 54 countries as well as all 50 states.
Evoking a strategy similar to picking bands to see at an outdoor music festival, Bouma encourages people to select a region and hit all its available sites. He's especially enthusiastic about lively albeit underrepresented neighborhoods.
"Explore a community outside of downtown that you have a sense about but with which you're not really familiar," he advises.
Staff | American Institute of Architects - San Diego, 7 Nov 2013 [cached]
Bastiaan Bouma
American Institute of Architects San Diego Executive Director
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