Communities of Tacit Knowledge: Architecture and its Ways of Knowing

Architecture and its Ways of Knowing

The 'Communities of Tacit Knowledge' (TACK) project focuses on the concept of tacit knowledge in architecture. Tacit knowledge is a type of practical or implicit knowledge that architects employ when designing, and which is also embodied in the specific media and instruments that they work with, from treatises and drawings to models and buildings. 

Marie Curie ITN PhD network TACK: Communities of Tacit Knowledge | Scheme of the 10 interconnected PhD projects at 10 participating universities

The project trains young researchers in the development of advanced theoretical frameworks and specialized methods for the analysis of tacit knowledge used by architects. It focuses on the characteristics, the dissemination and the heuristic potential of this knowledge particular to architectural design practice. 

The TACK project is a unique, joint effort of ten European universities together with three cultural institutes and nine architectural practices, and constitutes an Innovative Training Network as part of the Marie-Sklodowska Curie Actions within the European Framework Program Horizon 2020. 

It is structured around three training axes:

  • Approaching Tacit Knowledge: Identifying Methods and Histories,
  • Probing Tacit Knowledge: Concrete Cases and Approaches
  • Situating Tacit Knowledge: Concepts and Theories.

The project will result in ten PhDs, three online training modules, an international colloquium, a major exhibition, a lecture- and debate series, a synthetic reader, a book, and a website providing public access to research results and events.


Funder: EU
Programme: Horizon 2020
Grant amount: € 2,711,998 
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Role TU Delft:  Project partner
Project duration: September 2019 - August 2023
TU Delft researchers:                

Dr. Janina Gosseye
Prof. Klaske Havik
Dr. Dirk van den Heuvel
Prof. Paul Vermeulen
Mechthild Stuhlmacher
Eric Crevels

Project partners

ETH Zürich, KTH Stockholm, Arkitektur og designhogskolen i Oslo (AHO), Bergische Universität Wuppertal, Politecnico di Milano, Akademie der Bildende Künste Wien, Universiteit Antwerpen, University College London, Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz Universität Hannover, Het Nieuwe Instituut, Vlaams Architectuur Instituut, Architekturzentrum Wien, Architecten De Vylder Vinck, Kortekenie Stuhlmacher Architecten, Spridd, De Smet Vermeulen, Cityfoerster, One Fine Day Architects, SOMA Architecture, Onsite Studio, Haworth Tompkins.


Dr. Janina Gosseye

This project has received funding from the European Union.