T. (Taneha) Kuzniecow Bacchin PhD MSc

T. (Taneha) Kuzniecow Bacchin PhD MSc



Taneha K. Bacchin is an architect, urban designer, researcher, and educator working at the intersection of urban design, landscape architecture, environmental sciences, and humanities. She is Associate Professor of Urban Design and Research Coordinator Section of Urban Design, Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment, Delft University of Technology (TU Delft). In her projects and teaching, she investigates the nexus between space, ecology, culture, and politics in the design and planning of critical and highly dynamic landscapes. Her current work focuses on critical spatial practices which are sensitive to site and cultural history (spatial form and materialisation) in contexts defined by increasing environmental fragility, extreme weather events and climate, and resource depletion, with projects in the North Sea, the Arctic, South Africa, Brazil, and India. She is co-leader of the Research Group Delta Urbanism, head of Transitional Territories Graduation Studio and chief-editor of the Journal of Delta Urbanism. Her work has been funded and published internationally and exhibited at the São Paulo Architecture Biennale 2013, the Venice Architecture Biennale 2002 and 2018, and the International Architecture Biennale Rotterdam IABR 2022. For the 16th International Architecture Exhibition, Venice Biennale Architettura 2018, she was co-curator of the project ‘The Port and the Fall of Icarus’ part of the extended program of the Dutch Pavilion, ‘Work, Body, Leisure’, curated by Marina Otero Verzier, with the construction of a public installation (pavilion) at Riva dei Sette Martiri in Venice. Her forthcoming book with b-r-u-n-o publisher, titled ‘The North Sea Project’ explores the changing nature (and image) of the sea and its socio-political histories as baseline for future critical spatial practices: The (territory of the)sea as object, subject, image, and narrative.


She is Principal Investigator and Lead Coordinator of the NWO-DST ‘Water4Change’ (W4C) Research Programme, Cooperation India-The Netherlands (2019-2025): a transdisciplinary programme by eleven knowledge institutions focusing on water sensitive and cultural situated design for secondary cities in India. W4C is a flagship programme of the govermental Cooperation India-The Netherlands and part of ‘Water for Impact’ – projects under ‘actionable science’ by TU Delft Global Initiative. For TU Delft. Theme leader ‘Design, Planning and Governance of the Built Environment’ for the TU Delft – Brazil Interdisciplinary Exchange Program on Water, Energy and the Built Environment (TU Delft Global Engagement). Under the framework of Delta Urbanism Interdisciplinary Research Programme she was founding/ core-member of ‘Redesigning Deltas’ (RDD), flagship movement of the Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment, TU Delft. For RDD, she was the curator and lead organiser of the International Delta Conference ‘Redesigning Deltas’. Founder of international research exchange initiatives (long-term research forum and seminar series) focusing on the discourse and critic on ‘The New Urban Water Project’ and ‘Coastal LandscapesNorthern Europe, Arctic Grounds’.

She is supervisor of PhD, post-MSc and MSc graduation projects, guest lecturer and design critic at Universities and Schools of Architecture internationally. Joint design studios with AA Architectural Association School of Architecture, UK; Faculty of Architecture and Urbanism, University of São Paulo, Brazil; AHO The Oslo School of Architecture and Design; and Dalhouise University, Faculty of Architecture and Urban Planning, Canada; and UC Berkeley, USA.   

She holds a PhD (joint) degree in landscape architecture and water science and engineering from Delft University of Technology jointly with UNESCO-IHE Delft (distinction), a master's degree in architecture (summa cum laude) and a advanced master's degree in territorial planning, geographic information systems and remote sensing from University IUAV of Venice, and a professional diploma degree in architecture and urbanism from University of Brasilia (validation of foreign degree). Before starting her academic carrier, she worked for architecture and urban design practices in Brazil, Italy and Denmark, with built projects in Brazil and Italy.

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- urban design (theory, history and methods), critical theory, fragile states, critical environments.
- landscape architecture, territorial ecology and architecture, water sensitive design, sustainability transitions.
- climate adaptation, infrastructure space, urban nature.

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