Architectural History and Theory

  • De Groene Loper, Vertigo

    Eindhoven

    Netherlands

  • P.O. Box 513, Department of the Built Environment

    5600 MB Eindhoven

    Netherlands

Organization profile

Introduction / mission

AHT explores architectural history, theory, philosophy, and heritage studies, reflecting the interplay between these disciplines and their relation to architectural and urban design.

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Adding depth to technical, architectonic and urban development through history and theory

Organisational profile

Architectural History and Theory reflects on design artifacts, designs and design practices within the framework of specified cultural and societal themes. Key areas of research are architectural history including heritage studies, architectural theory, philosophy of design and architectural criticism. Historians and theorists focus on architecture as a basic act of culture by mobilizing relevant theoretical concepts that may inspire the production of architecture.

In terms of concrete products the staff of AHT is devoted to studies into, f.e., biographies of leading personalities or trends within the architectural culture, the representation of architecture in museum policies, value assessments of buildings and ensembles on various scale levels including also international practices of heritage policy, and the intellectual and ethical fundamentals of the design practice. These studies are all meant to celebrate the value of architecture as a rooted cultural practice within society, while recognizing that the transformations architecture has to accommodate nowadays not necessarily secure its position.

AHT has been accommodated within the AUDE Living Cities research program and supports other chairs of the AUDE unit through analysis and critique as well as autonomous research, seeking a discursive approach to design through a process of reflection. A critical and autonomous role for research is encouraged while the chair aspires to involve itself in public debate, pursuing both fundamental scholarship and societal valorization. Research is conducted within academic circuits, public venues are a fitting podium for its valorization. For this reason, architectural criticism is seen as one of the core activities of the chair. AHT contributes to curricular courses as well as to seminars and design studios.

The UNESCO Chair on Sustainability and Heritage in Advanced Research and Education. (SHARE) will be added to AHT. SHARE focuses on the dual relation between heritage and sustainability in historic urban landscapes. It envisions a world in which people manage their heritage and other resources sustainably, and in which all sectors of society, current and future generations, can enjoy the social, economic, environmental and cultural benefits of such valuable resources.

Apart from Unesco, the work of AHT is embedded in a variety of partnerships, with domestic and international universities, municipalities such as Amsterdam, local and national architecture centers and collaboration platforms for distinguished academic and professional journals.

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Projects 2012 2017

A Future for Post-war Housing

Colenbrander, B., Havinga, L., Sartorius - ter Haar, M., Klein, C., Klein, C. & Mens, N.

1/09/1431/12/17

Project: Research direct

Colour and Architecture

Colenbrander, B., Colenbrander, B., Sartorius - ter Haar, M., van Mierlo, P., van Mierlo, P., Klein, C., Klein, C. & Schlatmann, M.

1/01/1230/10/17

Project: Research direct

Research Output 1981 2019

De mens en zijn levensbehoeften. De stem van Lotte Stam-Beese binnen De 8 en De 8 en Opbouw

Oosterhof, J., 7 Feb 2019, (In preparation) Nederland - Bauhaus. Pioniers van een nieuwe wereld. Brentjens, Y. (ed.). Rotterdam: Boijmans van Beuningen, Vol. 159 pp., p. 136 -145 9 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapterAcademicpeer-review

Lotte Stam-Beese: vom Soczogorod in Har'kov zur Stadtplanung in Rotterdam

Oosterhof, J., 30 Jan 2019, Hannes Meyers neue Bauhlere. Von Dessau nach Mexiko. Oswalt, P. (ed.). Birkhauser Verlag Basel, 10 p. in Pilipp Oswalt(red) Hannes Meyers Bauhauslehre. Von Dessau nach Mexiko. Bauwelt Fundamente 164 Bazel / Berlin. (Bauwelt Fundamente; vol. 164)

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapterAcademicpeer-review

Moving away. Lotte Stam-Beese and Hermine Huiswoudt (werktitel)

Oosterhof, J., 15 Mar 2019, (In preparation) Haus der Kulturen der Welt Berlin : Wendelien van Oldenburgh

Research output: Other contributionProfessional

Prizes

Best Bachelor Lecturer of 2008

Jacob Voorthuis (Recipient), 1 Sep 2008

Recognition: OtherCareer, activity or publication related prizes (lifetime, best paper, poster etc.)Scientific

Beste 1st Year Lecturer of 2012

Jacob Voorthuis (Recipient), 1 Sep 2012

Recognition: OtherCareer, activity or publication related prizes (lifetime, best paper, poster etc.)Scientific

Beste 3rd Year Bachelor Lecturer of 2009

Jacob Voorthuis (Recipient), 1 Sep 2009

Recognition: OtherCareer, activity or publication related prizes (lifetime, best paper, poster etc.)Scientific

Activities 1992 2018

About Joost Meuwissen / Geert Bekaert's Legacy

Sergio M. Figueiredo (Organiser), Maarten Janszen (Participant), Christophe van Gerrewey (Participant)
29 Mar 2018

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesWorkshop, seminar, course or exhibitionProfessional

Smartness? Between discourse and practice

A.R. Roders (Chair), Youfang Peng (Chair)
15 Nov 201818 Nov 2018

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesConferenceScientific

Journal of Architecture (Journal)

Sergio M. Figueiredo (Peer reviewer)
Jul 2018 → …

Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work typesPublication peer-reviewScientific

Press / Media

Wederopbouw na ramp moet effectiever

Eefje Hendriks

21/11/18

1 media contribution

Press/Media: Public Engagement Activities

Historici verliezen grip op ontwerpproces

6/01/18

1 media contribution

Press/Media: Public Engagement Activities

Student theses

Addition in extraction: the transformation of the Adriaan Volkerhuis to a multifunctional communal attracting building

Author: Kaijser, R., 31 May 2017

Supervisor: Diederen, P. (Supervisor 1), Peters - van den Heuvel, A. (Supervisor 2), Dirrix, T. (Supervisor 2) & Voorthuis, J. (Supervisor 2)

Student thesis: Master

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A just form

Author: Kniest, R., 31 Aug 2017

Supervisor: Voorthuis, J. (Supervisor 1), Schröder, T. (Supervisor 2) & Brodruck, R. (Supervisor 2)

Student thesis: Master

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Algorithms for exploration of architectural design spaces

Author: Hoogers, J., 31 Aug 2018

Supervisor: Haverkort, H. (Supervisor 1) & De Sousa Lopes Figueiredo, S. (Supervisor 2)

Student thesis: Master

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