Heritage & Architecture

Transformation of cities and buildings is one of the main themes in architecture today. An appropriate balance between the old and the new is a fundamental interest for contemporary design in architecture. Heritage & Architecture is concerned with preservation and renewal in existing architecture. The research by design concentrates on the architectural and technical aspects involved in the growing need for the conservation and transformation of buildings, including those of cultural significance.

FRAC, contemporary art center of the North Region, Dunkerque, France, 2014
Photo: ©Philippe Ruault

Focus and approach

Heritage & Architecture defines research and design on all levels of scale: the use of materials and technology, the reuse and redesign of a building or a building complex, and the development of landscape and urban structure. For all scale levels the value of the entire context is taken into account, which is of vital importance to address the challenges and face the responsibilities of working on existing built structures. Particular attention is paid to values regarding architecture, urbanism, construction and interior, related to architectural history and current questions on sustainability. 


Prof.ir. Wessel de Jonge, prof.dr. Ana Pereira Roders, prof.dr.-ing. Uta Pottgiesser, Nicolas Clarke, Joana Dos Santos Gonçalves MSc, ir. Nol Hermkens, ir. Frank Koopman, dr. Barbara Lubelli, ir. Lidy Meijers, dott. Silvia Naldini, dr. Ivan Nevzgodin, dr.ir. Wido Quist, ir. Alexander de Ridder, ir. Lidwine Spoormans, dr. Marie-Thérèse van Thoor, Karianne Vandenbroucke MSc, ir. Wouter Willers, dr.ir. Hielkje Zijlstra

Additional information

For detailed course descriptions, please visit the study guide:

MSc 1 (only in fall semester)
MSc 2* (only in spring semester)
MSc 3

* The MSc2 semester of the Architecture track consists of 5 credits of compulsory courses and 25 credits of electives, of which an Architecture approved MSc2 elective design studio. See also the Elective Design Studios page for a full overview of MSc2 Architecture design projects. 


Ir. Alexander de Ridder