Conservation Management Plan: TU Delft Aula

The iconic TU Delft Aula building of 1966 is one of the major landmarks of postwar modernism in the Netherlands, and the central hub of the TU Delft university community. It was valourised as National Monument in 2015. The building has a special meaning, and calls for careful curation.

The TU Delft Aula, 2020. Photogprapher: W. de Jonge

Campus Real Estate and Management and the Section of Heritage and Architecture of the Faculty of Architecture have together embarked on a process to complete a Conservation Management Plan (CMP) for the Aula to support its future maintenance and management and safeguard its cultural-historical value while ensuring its continued use as beating heart of the TUDelft campus.

The CMP sets out the significance of the Aula building as a heritage asset, and provides guidance how that significance should be retained in any future use, management, alteration or repair. It describes what is there, why it matters, what is and will happen to it and outlines the principles by which TU Delft will manage it. 

This project is one of the first of its kind in the Netherlands and serves as pilot for other buildings with cultural significance on the TU Delft campus and elsewhere in the country.


Funder: The Getty Foundation
Programme: Keeping it Modern (KIM) project
Overall budget: € 228.500
Grant amount:

€ 146500

Contribution to TU Delft: € 146500

Role TU Delft:  Project Partner
Project duration: May 2018 - January 2022
TU Delft researchers:                

Prof. Wessel de Jonge (Lead: BK)

Ing. Kees Kerkhoven (Lead: CRE&FM)

Dr. Nicholas Clarke (BK)

Dr. Bart Valks (CRE&FM)

Project partners

The project is supported by a range of partners from within the faculty and without. External partners include TNO and Suzanne Fisher Bouwhistorisch Onderzoek.


Dr. Nicholas Clarke