Valerie graduated from Delft University of Technology in 2023 with a masters' degree in architecture, with a graduation research & design project focused on water safety in Dutch river landscapes. This sparked her interest in river landscapes, water safety and management. Before that she obtained a bachelor degree in architecture with honours also at TU Delft, including an exchange semester at Politecnico di Milano.
During her studies, she worked as student assistant on an interdisciplinary collaborative housing research project, and also at the Maasland Storm Surge Barrier (Hoek van Holland).In June 2023 she joined Cityförster in Rotterdam where she contributes to the Carbon Based Design research, and develops related knowledge and expertise within the Cityförster team. In addition she contributes to architectural projects as a designer.