Except Integrated Sustainability
Except Integrated sustainability.
Flourish in a changing world.
Multi-disciplinary consulting, innovation and development organization working on advanced sustainability projects around the globe.

Marta Suanzes


Marta Suanzes
Marta Suanzes
Marta Suanzes

Enjoys: Photography. Travelling.

Guilty pleasure:  A good meal with my family. 

Areas of expertise:

  • Architecture
  • Building Design
  • Urban Planning and Design
  • Graphic Design

Professional Titles & Liaisons:

  • Architect (ETSAS, Spain).

Location: Rotterdam, the Netherlands.

Información en Español


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  • Phone  0617683281

Marta brings  her skills as an architect and engineer  to Except. She is able to work in a variety of areas such as graphic design, urban planning, and architectural design, including the development of infrastructures required by a wide range of projects.

As an architect she strives to make all her designs excel on sustainable performance. She strongly believes that every act has an ecological impact, and takes care to make balanced design decisions. Marta follows the motto: think global and act local. For her, attention to detail is essential in order to achieve excellence. The slightest changes in form, orientation, distribution and material can make a huge difference in key issues like energy savings of buildings.

Información en Español


Except Integrated Sustainability - Spanish

Sep 01, 2020, Creando las bases para una sociedad sostenible

¿Qué vías nos conducen a un futuro próspero y eficiente? ¿Cómo planificar y diseñar ciudades y comunidades resilientes? ¿Cómo estimular soluciones locales sostenibles y aplicarlas de forma responsable?

Estas son algunas de la preguntas que motivan a Except, un ejemplo de empresa que trabaja en el ámbito del desarrollo sostenible integrado.


Reinventing Cartagena´s fortress

Feb 08, 2015, How to transform deserted fortresses into major assets for the city.

During the17th century, a fortification system was designed in Cartagena, Murcia (Spain). Several castles, walls and fortresses were built in different strategic places for the defense of the city. Nowadays a few of them have been renovated, but others have been sadly forgotten. They are in dire state due to unfavorable conditions; vandalism, maritime environment and time are harming this piece of city history.

All this while the empty fortresses could be transformed into a major asset for the city.  Curious how? Read on! 



Schiphol Catalyst Office Innovation

Jan 05, 2019, Boosting sustainability and health of Amsterdam Airport CBD

We’re working with Schiphol Real Estate and more than 70 stakeholders and experts on boosting sustainability and performance of the Schiphol Central Business District with the concept of a Catalytic multi-tennant office design.

The project realizes an integrated sustainable and self sufficient area, that is a healthy and inspiring place to work, with a footprint of over 20.000 m2 in an unprecedented sustainable and future proof building.



MWH Global waste water

Aug 21, 2017, Visualization of waste water systems around the house

This project illustrates examples of domestic waste water use. By showing simple sketches of complex systems, the illustrations create understanding of pressure sewage, natural filtering, and mini filtering.


Leaders for Nature: Shared Resources, joint solutions

Aug 10, 2016, From awareness to action with the network of IUCN

On 17th April 2015, IUCN organized the Leaders for Nature forum in Eindhoven. Except supported IUCN in a year long trajectory to prepare and guide the Forum in a new format. This included concept development, stakeholder involvement and preparation of the challenges.

The preparations resulted in 10 challenges brought in by the network of Leaders for Nature. Over 150 participants from business, NGOs and government joined the forum. Guided by Except, teams worked on the most pressing natural capital challenges.


Atlas Natural Capital

Mar 01, 2018, Improving online resources for natural capital

The Dutch online Natural Capital Atlas offers hundreds of maps that portray ecosystem services in the Netherlands. The Ministry of Infrastructure and the Environment, initiator of the Atlas, wants to further develop the website with users. We guided a consultation process with municipalities and companies to identify their needs, and wishes. Results are a crystal clear list of directly implementable recommendations for accessibility, categorization, expanded data needs,  interactivity and functionality.

Download the report (in Dutch) with our findings at the bottom of the page.


The Self-driving City

Apr 12, 2017, How autonomous driving benefits sustainable urban society

Self-driving vehicles will change the urban environment drastically. The Self-driving City Research uncovers insights into the major changes, and how to adopt to them. Who will use self driving vehicles, what are their effects on the urban fabric, business, and on us all, the people? We show patterns and lessons learnt as well as five local in-depth case studies. All freely available below. The project is funded by The Dutch Creative Industry Fund, supported with knowledge from local governments, universities and industries. 


Polydome Arkna

Dec 19, 2017, Feasibility Study and Business Plan

Arkna Eco-Park Masterplan

Nov 23, 2019, Self sustaining tourism community in Estonia

In Rakvere, Estonia, we developed the masterplan for the 671 Ha self-reliant Arkna Eco-Park. The park is built on a historical site tracing back to 1527, and becomes a primary tourist destination in the country, including a Polydome sustainable agriculture system.  

We worked with  Arkna Eco-Park to build a complete masterplan template for years to come, including its marketing strategy, identity, logos and brochures, closed loop metabolism, food system, event program, and design guidelines.


No Time To Waste (2018)

Sep 24, 2019, Jump-starting the LC Packaging sustainability journey

LC Packaging serves customers across the globe with packaging products to protect, preserve and transport goods. Except was requested to assess its baseline sustainability performance.

At product level we examined reusing Flexible Intermediate Bulk Containers (FIBCs) and found a significant CO2 emission reduction potential. At corporate level we investigated energy and water use, waste generation and CO2 emission. See below for our main findings.