The research carried out by the Department of Architecture distinguishes itself by a focus on architecture as a cultural field of expertise; a field in which making and thinking are inextricably linked.  The research programme regards the architectural project as the junction where a complex combination of cultural, social, functional, economic and ecological factors is articulated as a concrete spatial proposal.

The structure of the research programme departs from this idea of expertise, acknowledging that architecture as a cultural field of action and reflection is multilayered, entailing many connections to other fields. The research groups within the programme can be distinguished by their focus on a particular aspect of architectural expertise that is relevant in addressing societal and scientific questions, and that involves theory and practice alike. 

Five thematic research groups each focus on a particular field of expertise, while the "transversal" lines of Theory, Methods and History offer input to all research groups on the level of history, theory and methods. 

More information about this research programme or discuss possibilities for cooperation: Marc Schoonderbeek

Key projects
Key books
  • Colonial Modern: Aesthetics of the Past, Rebellions for the Future 
    Tom Avermaete, Karakayali Serhat, Marion von Osten
  • The Dutch urban block and the public realm: Models, rules, ideals
    Susanne Komossa
  • Architecture, Crisis and Resuscitation: The Reproduction of Post-Fordism in Late-Twentieth-Century Architecture
    Tahl Kaminer
  • Architecture as a Craft
    Michiel Riedijk (ed.)
  • Radical Games: Popping the Bubble of 1960s Architecture
    Lara Schrijver

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