Staff

Head of Chair

prof. dr. ir. Tom Avermaete
t.l.p.avermaete@tudelft.nl
Bio

Tom Avermaete is full professor of architecture at Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands. He has a special research interest in the public realm and the architecture of the city in Western and non-Western contexts. With the chair of Methods and Analysis he focuses on the changing roles, approaches and tools of architects. His research examines precedents -design attitudes, methods and instruments- with the explicit ambition to construct a critical base of design knowledge and to influence contemporary architectural thinking and practice. Avermaete is the author of Another Modern: the Post-War Architecture and Urbanism of Candilis-Josic-Woods (2005), The Balcony (with Koolhaas, 2014) and Casablanca -Chandigarh: Reports on Modernity (with Casciato, 2014). He is a co-editor of Architectural Positions (with Havik and Teerds, 2009), Colonial Modern (with von Osten and Karakayali, 2010), Structuralism Reloaded (with Vrachliotis, 2011), Making a New World (with Heynickx, 2012), Architecture of the Welfare State (with Swenarton and Van den Heuvel, Routledge, 2014) and Casablanca-Chandigarh: Reports on Modernization (with Casciato, Park Books, 2015).

Staff

dr. ir. Klaske Havik
k.m.havik@tudelft.nl
Bio

Klaske Havik is architect and writer. She has developed a distinct research approach relating architectural and urban questions (such as the use, experience and imagination of place) to literary language. Her book Urban Literacy. Reading and Writing Architecture (nai010, 2014) developed a literary approach to architecture and urban regeneration. She initiated and organised the 2nd international conference on architecture and fiction: Writingplace. Literary Methods in Architectural Research and Design (2013, publication 2016). Havik is editor of the Dutch-Belgian peer reviewed architecture journal OASE. With Hans Teerds and Tom Avermaete, she co-edited the anthology Architectural Positions: Architecture, Modernity and the Public Sphere (2009).

ir. Jorge Mejia Hernandez
J.A.MejiaHernandez@tudelft.nl
Bio

Jorge Mejía Hernández graduated as an architect in 1996, at the Universidad del Valle (Cali, Colombia). He holds graduate Master's degrees in the History and Theory of Art and Architecture (2002) and in Architecture (2008) from the Universidad Nacional de Colombia, where he was an associate lecturing professor between 2007 and 2015. 

Since 2010 he is a PhD candidate at TU Delft, where he teaches design studios and theory seminars in the chair of Methods and Analysis. 

Jorge currently researches on architectural methodology.

ir. drs. Herman Prast
h.n.prast@tudelft.nl
Bio

Herman Prast first studied medicine at the Amsterdam ‘Vrije Universiteit’. After graduation he studied architecture at Delft University of Technology. He worked for Novostad (Rotterdam) and Jdrem (The Hague) and is founding partner of &Prast&Hooft (2001, Amsterdam, www.prasthooft.nl), an office that is primarily active in refurbishments of public interiors, offices and private dwellings. Among the projects are Harkema (2003), Shoebaloo (2005), Ysbreeker (2010) Anna (2011), United (2011), van Rijn (2012), Uurwerker (2013). Prast started working part time at the Faculty of Architecture at the University of Technology in Delft in the chair of Building Typology in 2002 and was responsible for the BSc4 designproject till 2013. For Methods and Analysis he is responsible for plananalysis in the new BSc curriculum and the BSc2 lecture series on Architecture. He was editor of 'Raadhuizen, een plandocumentatie' (2007).

ir. Hans Teerds
p.j.teerds@tudelft.nl
Bio

As a researcher at the Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment, Hans Teerds investigates the public and political aspects of the field of architecture. In 2009, he was a visiting research fellow of the Hannah Arendt Center for Politics and Humanities of Bard College in Annandale-on-Hudson (NY/USA). He publishes frequently on architecture, urbanism and landscape and is member of the editorial boards of the architectural magazines OASE and DASH. He co-edited the anthology Architectural Positions: Architecture, Modernity and the Public Sphere (2009) and is co-author of Levend Landschap, Manifest voor stad en land (2012).

dr. ir. Willemijn Wilms Floet
w.w.l.m.wilmsfloet@tudelft.nl
Bio

Willemijn Wilms Floet, assistant professor of Architecture. Degree in Architecture from TU Delft in 1988. Practicing architect 1988-2001. Teaching and researching at the TU Delft since 1990. She developed her expertise in the documentation and analysis of architectural projects, notably: A Hundred Years of Dutch Architecture (1999). Willemijn obtained a joint PhD degree Villard d’Honnecourt from Venice Faculty of Architecture (IUAV) in 2012 and TU Delft 2014. This architectural study on the Dutch almshouse typology reveals the secrets of green courtyards by means of drawing which resulted in a book ‘Het Hofje Bouwsteen van de Hollandse stad, 1400-2000’ (2016). Currently she is involved in the development of methods of plan analysis, to study precedents informing design in BSc and MSc education.

ir. Chris Woltjes
c.j.woltjes@tudelft.nl
Bio

Chris Woltjes graduated at TU Delft in 2006. He is a practicing architect at Group A Architects. He co-edited the publication Architectural Positions. On Architecture, Modernity and the Public Sphere (nai010, 2009). He is currently involved in the education BSc foundational courses at TU Delft.

Researchers

dr. Amina Pilav
A.Pilav@tudelft.nl
Bio

Armina Pilav’s research and practice is related to observing, visualizing, texting and spatial rethinking of contemporary war/post¬war cities employing visual media(s) and architectonic material(s). She relies on collaborative working approach, feminist perspectives in shaping and reading of the city, proposing a methodology named x-media urban analysis by working syncretically across academic fields of architecture, urban planning, art, media, film and cultural studies. At the Venice Bienalle of Architecture in 2014, She showed her research work “Sarajevo and self-made solutions in the context of war emergency” and in 2015/2016 she developed a web project called ‘Sarajevo Album’, a collective, digital album of the city as part of Actopolis – art of action project. Armina is member of Association for Culture and Art Crvena from Sarajevo.

mr. Yoshikazu Nango
y.nango@tudelft.nl
Bio

Yoshikazu Nango is a sociologist, associate professor of School of Information and Communication at Meiji University, Japan and a guest researcher of Architecture at TU Delft. He obtained a master’s degree in Interdisciplinary Information Studies from The University of Tokyo.

Nango is the contributor to Metabolism, The City of the Future, (Shinkenchiku-sha, 2011), Behaviorology: The Architectures of Atelier Bow-Wow (Rizzoli, 2010), Where is Architecture? (The National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo, 2010) and many architectural magazines GA JAPAN, JA, SHINKENCHIKU etc.

Nango’s current research theme is ‘The Contemporary Significance of Constant’s New Babylon: Interdisciplinary Research on Architectural Media’. This research aims to examine New Babylon (1956-74) as a project across various forms of media and a platform for the commons by focusing on Constant’s relationship with the architectural world and Henri Lefebvre’s spatial theory.

dr. Janina Gosseye
J.Gosseye@tudelft.nl
Bio

Janina Gosseye is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at both TUDelft (The Netherlands), where she is part of the  Methods and Analysis group and at the University of Queensland (Australia), where she is a member of the  Architecture Theory Criticism History Research Centre (ATCH). Her research focuses on the notion of collectivity in post-war architecture and is situated at the nexus of architectural theory and social and political history. In 2012, she completed her PhD on the construction of new collective spaces in post-war Flanders, entitled ‘On Common Ground? New Public and Collective Spaces in Flanders, 1950s-1970s’ at the University of Leuven (Belgium). Currently Janina researches the postwar development of shopping centres in Western Europe and Australia, for which she obtained two grants; a ‘Vidi’ grant from NWO (Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research) and a Postdoctoral Research Fellowship from the University of Queensland.

dr. ir. Leonardo Zuccaro Marchi
L.ZuccaroMarchi@tudelft.nl
Bio

Leonardo Zuccaro Marchi is an Italian PhD architect, encompassing and tackling the ambiguous complexity and different ambassadorial roles and practices of architec­ture, both relying on fundamental historical-theoretical references and inspiring the improvement of innovative approaches. He graduated from A.S.P. Alta Scuola Politec­nica, Politecnico di Milano and Politecnico di Torino. He received his PhD at IUAV and TU Delft Universities, as joint doctorate. He was Post-doctoral Fellow at KTH University in Stockholm. He taught at Politecnico di Milano and at UDEM-Universidad de Monterrey. He is currently Visiting Lecturer-Researcher at TU Delft.

He is author of the book “The Heart of the City. Legacy and Complexity of Modern Design Idea” published by Routledge in 2018 (Foreword by Tom Avermaete, Paola Viganò; Afterword by Vittorio Gregotti).  Finally, he is co-founder of the Collective of Project in Equipoise {Co-P-E} and both his design activity and multidisciplinary theoretical research enabled him to be awarded “Best 40 under 40 European Architects” (Chicago Athenaeum and the European Center) in 2010 and to be Runner-up at Europan 11 and to win Europan 14 in 2017 with {Co-P-E}, with the project “The Productive Heart of Neu Ulm.”

Guest Teachers

Lilith van Assem
L.vanAssem@tudelft.nl
Bio

Lilith van Assem (Alkmaar, 1980) studeerde na haar propedeuse geschiedenis aan de Vrije Universiteit in Amsterdam in 2010 cum laude af aan de Technische Universiteit Delft richting architectuur, samen met Lieke van Hooijdonk en Elsbeth Ronner. In 2008 studeerde zij aan de Esquela Tecnica Superior de Arquitectura in Madrid, Spanje. Tijdens haar studie bouwkunde was zij werkzaam bij Rooijakkers en Tomesen architecten, Ontwerpers A’dam, Artgineering in Rotterdam en als student mentor aan de TU Delft. Momenteel is Lilith actief op verschillende academies als visiting critic en gastdocent aan de TU Delft.

Marieke Berkers
M.F.Berkers@tudelft.nl
Bio

Marieke Berkers is an Architectural Historian (MA). She is an academic researcher, writer and lecturer. Berkers is a member of the Editorial Board of Blauwe Kamer, magazine of Landscape Architecture and Urban Design, and of the Dutch Yearbook Landscape Architecture and Urban Design. From 2011-2015. Berkers has been a member of the core team of Stad-Forum, that advises the municipality of Amsterdam on spatial matters. From 2014-2015 she has been director of the Dutch architectural e-magazine ArchiNed. As a researcher she cooperated in researching the infrastructural developments of airport region Schiphol, Amsterdam and she conducted a research project about urban development by means of organic growth. Currently she is researching the value of an adaptive planning process for Marineterrein Amsterdam and writing a collection of essays on oil, infrastructure and landscape.

Bio

I am an architect by training, but primarily working as a writer, web-editor, curator and design researcher on publications, workshops, exhibitions and online publishing. 

I am a regular contributor to Volume magazine and collaborator of Archis. I do research on diagrammatic reasoning, cybernetic space, and computing culture, and how these impact the field of architecture, design and technological culture (third culture)

Currently, I am a researcher at the Jan van Eyck Academie

ir. Marius Grootveld
M.J.V.Grootveld@tudelft.nl
Bio

Dominique Pieters

Bio
Jules Schoonman
J.Schoonman-1@tudelft.nl
Bio

Jules Schoonman studied Architecture in Delft.

PhD Students

dipl.ing. Robert A. Gorny
r.a.gorny@tudelft.nl
Bio

Robert A. Gorny studied architecture and design at the State Academy of Arts, Stuttgart, Germany and received a post-professional degree with honours in Architecture and Urban Design from The Berlage Center of Advanced Studies, TU Delft. He worked as a long-term freelance collaborator for SMAQ, Berlin, and founded Relationalthought as a nomadic architectural agency that challenges the modes in which our built environment is composed. He is now an independent designer, researcher, and teacher in the field of critical architectural thought. Currently, he teaches at the Chair of Methods and Analysis, TU Delft, where he finalises his doctoral studies titled, A Flat Theory / Towards A Genealogy of Apartments.

Óscar Andrade Castro
O.J.AndradeCastro@tudelft.nl
Bio

Óscar Andrade Castro. Architect by the School of Architecture and Design at Pontificia Universidad Católica de Valparaíso, Chile. He teaches as an assistant professor at the School of Valparaiso since 2011, together with working, living and studying as a host at the Open City of Amereida. He has been involved in 9 of the School of Valparaíso «Travesías», together with being actively involved in the realization of International Exhibitions and workshops done by the School of Valparaíso and the Open City group. Since 2015 he is part of the Chair of Methods & Analysis at the Department of Architecture TU Delft, bridging his PhD research with educational activities such as the realization of workshops, seminars and master graduation studios. His PhD research is focused on architectural methods and tools employed during experimental processes of design and construction that embrace non-plan and improvisation; explored through hands-on experiences in 1:1 built projects.

Dorina Pllumbi
D.Pllumbi@tudelft.nl
Bio

Dorina graduated in architecture from the Polytechnic University of Tirana, obtained her master’s degree from Sapienza University of Rome in Architecture. Since 2008 she has been teaching at the Faculty of Architecture and Urbanism in Tirana. She practiced the architectural profession in several projects in collaboration with other professionals and is constantly engaged in urban activism. Currently she is a PhD Candidate of the chair of Methods and Analysis, Department of Architecture TU Delft. In her research entitled ‘Processes of common-places and the role of architecture as an expertise within these processes’ she aims to explore the limitations and possibilities that architecture as a field of expertise has to be present in commoning social spatial practices. She also contributes as a guest teacher in master courses offered by the same chair.

Golnar Abbasi
G.Abbasi@tudelft.nl
Bio
Piero Medici
P.Medici@tudelft.nl
Bio

Piero Medici is bioclimatic and passive system architect and environmental scientist. He graduated at TU Delft in 2009. He worked as researcher in the University of Venice in the field of environmental risk assessment and management in European legislation. He worked as a practicing architect and environmental scientist at 2012 Architects and Superuse Studios. Since 2011 he has been an associate designer at Except, a worldwide cooperative of 30 sustainability strategists, researchers and designers. Recently his focus has been on sustainable bioclimatic, low-energy, passive building and urban design and research on sustainable solutions. Currently he is working on his Phd research at TU Delft and he is involved in MSc education.

Bio

PhD candidate
Supervisors: Tom Avermaete, Maurice Harteveld

Wenwen Sun was born in Shenyang, China.  She obtained an MSc degree in Urbanism at the Faculty of Architecture, Delft University of Technology with the topic of “Design as a Mediating Instrument” that discusses urban design processes with different actors involved. Her research and practice is related to public space, urban design and planning with complexity in the Asian context. Her PhD research project entitled “Chinese Notions of Public Space: towards Another Design practice in Northern Chinese Capitals” aims for a transcultural understanding on the notion of public space in the modern Chinese context.

Sitong Luo
S.Luo@tudelft.nl
Bio

Supervisors: prof. dr. ir.Tom Avermaete, dr. ir.Saskia de Wit

Sitong Luo is a landscape architect, graduated from master of landscape architecture, TU Delft.  From 2016, Sitong started her Ph.D. at architecture school of TU Delft, chair of Methods & Analysis. Her research interests lie in the genius loci of the place and small-scale landscape architectonic transformation. Her Ph.D. project, which is developed together with professor Tom Avermaete and doctor Saskia de Wit, is focused on evaluating the design transformation of leftover spaces inside the city from the mindset of landscape architecture. Through scrutinizing leftover spaces from four lenses: morphological, social, ecological and material, and evaluating the transformation of landscape designed leftover spaces and comparing them with non-designed cases in the same social-cultural context, the project elaborates to what extent the design 'frame' the leftover space and what is the value to do so. The discussion ends up with the design tools that may enable open-ended transformations for leftover spaces.

Bio

Cedric Price: Theory in Action. Repositioning Architectural Discourse and Culture, 1950-2000

Supervisors: prof. dr. ir. Tom Avermaete; Prof. Dr. Jean-Louis Cohen (New York University); Prof. Dr. Ir. Hilde Heynen (KU Leuven)
November 2017
Participant in research group: F-1 Revisions: Changing Ideals and Shifting Realities

Jim Njoo is an architect, Associate Professor at the École Nationale Supérieure d’Architecture de Paris-La Villette and a PhD candidate at the Delft University of Technology Department of Architecture. He was a Canadian Centre for Architecture (CCA) Collection Research Grant recipient in 2015, and has taught and lectured in various academic and professional institutions in Europe, the United States, China and Japan. His research focuses on the interrelationship of theory and practice and issues of contemporary urbanity. He is also a member of the Gerphau architecture, philosophy, and urban research lab in Paris and a former collaborator of OMA Rotterdam.

Willemijn Lofvers
W.Lofvers@tudelft.nl
Bio

Michiel Smits
Bio

Inhabitant Inclusive Housing Design Support Tool

Research Summary:Experience gathered working as a volunteer architect in rural Africa since 2004, proved western architectural education unsufficient to work sustainably in developing countries for the bottom of the pyramid (BoP). As problem case this research investigates how single - family housing (SFH) designed by the architect in rural Sub - Saharan Africa, reveals spatial and material unsuitability in relation to the user's living environment. The research intends to describe a support tool for the architect to be able to sustain the inhabitant self - reliance in relation to the ir built environment.

dipl. ing. Oliver Sack
O.Sack@tudelft.nl
Bio

Oliver Sack received his degrees in architecture from the FH-Aachen (Dipl.-Ing., 1993) and the KU Leuven (M.Arch. Human Settlements, 2004). Since 1994 he has been working as an architect in Berlin, Aachen and Amsterdam - amongst others, at the office of Benthem Crouwel and of Zvi Hecker. In order to directly combine practical design and architecture-theoretical research, he started his own office in 2009. Since 2012 he has been a PhD guest researcher at the department of architecture, writing - under supervision of Prof. ir. Dick van Gameren and Prof. dr. ir. Tom Avermaete - a dissertation titled: Shaping Spaces - Creating Spatial Relations. On the socio-spatial aesthetics of space formation.

Floris van der Zee
F.vanderZee@tudelft.nl
Bio

Floris van der Zee (1987) is an architect and urban designer, as well as an academic researcher. He graduated in both Architecture and Urbanism at TU Delft (NL) in 2013. His graduation project was awarded a honourable mention. Currently he is working on a PhD research about City-Ring-Architecture. Floris worked for the offices of MONADNOCK architects in Rotterdam (NL), TRANS, architecture and urban design, in Antwerp/Ghent (BE) and HOSPER, landscape architecture and urban design, in Haarlem (NL). Furthermore, Floris works on exhibition projects focusing on the relationship between architecture and the city. He initiated and organised – in collaboration with Henk Engel – the exhibition ‘DOGMA 11 projects +1’, which was on display at the Faculty of Architecture (TU Delft) in November 2013. From oktober untill december 2015 the exhibition ‘The Hague, city without walls (?)’ is shown at STROOM, art and architecture centre in The Hague.

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