Methods of Analysis and Imagination

The Methods of Analysis and Imagination education encourages students to engage in their own processes of position-taking; via curiosity-based research, trans-disciplinary exchange, and the disciplined use of architectural instruments and methods to analyze the built environment and imagine its possible futures.

Focus and Approach

Methods of Analysis and Imagination challenges conventional definitions of architecture, and strives for the inventive appraisal and design of the built environment. The courses explicitly question hegemonic interpretations of architecture as a problem-solving discipline, of the architect as an individual author, and of the built environment as a merely physical construct. Besides questioning these interpretations, the studios and seminars share a genuine concern for the rise of dissociative and divisive political initiatives, and are therefore directed towards the development of full-fledged architectural interventions that foster and protect processes of meaningfulness, appropriation and integration between citizens and their built environment.

Programme

MSc 1 studio
The MSc 1 studio ‘Ways of Doing’ presents students with a series of instruments and methods for the analysis and design of the built environment. 

Programme MSc 1 fall semester 2021 (pdf)

MSc 2 studio
The MSc2 studio ‘Transdisciplinary Encounters’ allows students to test those instruments and methods by confronting them with those of other professions.

Programme MSc 2 spring semester 2022 (pdf)

MSc 3/4 studio
The MSc3/4 – Positions in Practice encourages students to adopt individual positions as architects based on their choice and use of those instruments and methods in analysis and practice.

Programme MSc 3/4 fall semester 2021 (pdf)

Staff

Prof. dr.ir. Klaske Havik, dr. ir. Willemijn Wilms Floet, dr. Angeliki Sioli, dr. Jorge Mejía Hernández, dipl.ing. MSc Robert Gorny, dr. Aleksandar Staničić, MSc Jana Culek.     

Additional information

Additional information about the projects and student work can be found here.

For detailed course descriptions, please visit the study guide:
MSc 1 (only in fall semester)
MSc 2* (only in spring semester)
MSc 3

* The MSc 2 semester of the Architecture track consists of 5 credits of compulsory courses and 25 credits of electives, of which an approved MSc 2 Architecture design project. See also the MSc 2 design projects page for an overview of MSc 2 Architecture design projects. 

Contact

Dr. Jorge Mejia Hernandez