The teaching of history implies not only the transition of knowledge, it also includes careful analysis and reflection on the past as such it is an important foundation for design. The Chair History of Architecture and Urban Planning serves Bachelor, Master, and PhD education in the Department of Architecture, and also other departments of the faculty, notably students from Urbanism and from the Architecture and Heritage Section of AE&T.

Historical knowledge, academic writing and analytical skills serve students who aim to become practitioners as much as students who will take up one in the growing number of careers related to architecture (museum, journalism, municipality). The profession is changing and there will be an increasing need for students with knowledge that expands on design practice.

The Chair History of Architecture and Urban Planning teaches required courses in the Master, notably the History Thesis and the Lectures on Architecture History. The Chair offers Building Green an elective that explores terms and practices of architectural and urban design and the importance of ecological, economic, political, cultural, social sustainability in cities over time and through space. The Chair leads the studio Architecture and Urbanism Beyond Oil that invites students to design transition strategies for oil related areas in the built environment. A first exploration of Rotterdam has provided important insights that are also part of an exhibition on the Global Petroleumcape and serves as foundation for the study of Dunkerque and other cities. Historical investigation requires strong analytical skills and a thorough understanding of academic writing practice. Additional courses help PhD students sharpen their research plans.