Architectural History and Theory

  • De Groene Loper, Vertigo



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

    5600 MB Eindhoven


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


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.


Project: Research direct

Research Output 1981 2020

Case study: architectural regeneration in Istanbul

Ikiz Kaya, D., 2020, (Accepted/In press) Architectural Regeneration. Orbasli, A. & Vellinga, M. (eds.). Wiley-Blackwell

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

Adaptation of circular models for global heritage cities: regeneration of Istanbul world heritage site as a case study

Ikiz Kaya, D., 2019, p. 102-103 2 p.

Research output: Contribution to conferencePaperAcademic


Architecture and the Smart City

De Sousa Lopes Figueiredo, S., Krishnamurthy, S. & Schröder, T., Nov 2019, (Accepted/In press) London: Routledge Taylor & Francis Group. 320 p.

Research output: Book/ReportBook editingAcademicpeer-review

Smart meters
Smart city


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 2019

CLIC Historic Urban Landscape (HUL) Workshop #4 in Vastra Gotaland

Deniz Ikiz Kaya (Organiser), Nadia Pintossi (Organiser)
12 Sep 2019

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

Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture 108th Annual Meeting

Sergio M. Figueiredo (Contributor)
Jul 2019

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesConferenceProfessional

A Brief History of Archives in the Architecture Museum

Sergio M. Figueiredo (Speaker)
12 Jun 2019

Activity: Talk or presentation typesKeynote talkScientific

Press / Media

Wederopbouw na ramp moet effectiever

Eefje Hendriks


1 media contribution

Press/Media: Public Engagement Activities

Panel for the Celebration of the 4th year of World Heritage Designation of Bursa

Deniz Ikiz Kaya


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


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


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