• De Groene Loper, Vertigo



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

    5600 MB Eindhoven


Organization profile

Introduction / mission

Rational Architecture is geared to the typological and morphological analysis and critique of the existing city on the scale of the city as well as on the scale of the building. The assumption is that responsible architectural and urban interventions should be made on the basis of a thorough understanding of how the city came about and a carefully reasoned approach to context and detail. The chair of Transformational Design complements this approach by exploring the adaptation of the existing building stock to new programs.

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The study of the morphology of the city and its most important building types is central to all studies.

Organisational profile

Equal importance is given to the study of architectural language in order to connect an object with its past and with this, with all architectures. We see this approach to architecture as essential in nowadays planning and building practice, in order to give a building relevance in the long run. RA focuses on a cultural tradition of architecture that builds on the idea of ‘type’ as the constant carrier of architectural design. Variations of this constant, in order to respond to contemporary building questions and conditions, define the working field of the chair. The formal basis of architecture, frequently within the spatial context of existing urban constellations, is central to this.

By creatively questioning the formal fundament of architecture, RA aims to stimulate architectural research by design. Research has been integrated into Rational Architecture through the establishment of the design-based research group Bauhütte.

In the field of education, the graduation studios and research seminars are the courses that that most heavily rely on research. For example, within the choice of graduation studios we offer, the so called ‘city-series’ tries to uncover the genesis and transformation of European cities and its buildings. In the past decennium, Amsterdam, Potsdam, Berlin, München, Turin, Rome, Milan, Antwerp and Madrid have been studied typo-morphologically. The result of such a study is in each case a so-called ‘atlas’ on which ultimately the individual projects of the graduation students are based. Within the seminars we focus on architectural language and on building types.

In the field of applied research, the design-based research group Bauhütte is working on a variety of commissions. We are specialized in master planning on an urban and architectural scale. Prominent commissions include masterplans for TU Eindhoven and Tilburg University.

Some of our research partners are:

  • TU Dortmund
  • RWTH Aachen
  • Politecnico di Torino
  • Politecnico di Milano
  • University of Applied Science Potsdam
  • IUAV University of Venice

Network Recent external collaboration on country level. Dive into details by clicking on the dots.


Photo of Hélène M.T. Aarts

Hélène M.T. Aarts

Person: OWP : University Teacher / Researcher

Photo of Haike Apelt

Haike Apelt

Person: OWP : University Teacher / Researcher

Photo of Ralph P.G. Brodruck

Ralph P.G. Brodruck

Person: OWP : University Teacher / Researcher


Research Output 2015 2019

Cultuurhistorische verkenning Studentensportcentrum TU Eindhoven

Colenbrander, B., Baeten, J-P. & van Kaathoven, B., 10 Oct 2019, Eindhoven: Technische Universiteit Eindhoven. 203 p.

Research output: Book/ReportReportAcademic

De Ring: de belangrijkste straat van de stad

van Kaathoven, B. A. H. L., Jenniskens, D. P. H., Diederen, P., Roorda, R., Aarts, R., van Hal, E., Kerkdijk, H., van der Meer, J. & Rijnen, R., 8 Apr 2019, Eindhoven: Technische Universiteit Eindhoven. 168 p.

Research output: Book/ReportReportAcademic


071 Nieuwe Parels Leiden

Ruurd Roorda (Recipient) & Marian de Bock (Recipient), 2018

Recognition: OtherProfessional

Archiprix Nederland, eervolle vermelding

Bram van Kaathoven (Recipient), 18 Jun 2016

Recognition: OtherDiscipline relatedProfessional


NPR Gulden Feniks, Waterliniemuseum Fort Bij Vechten, winnaar categorie gebiedstransformatie

Christian Rapp (Recipient), 22 Jun 2016

Recognition: OtherDiscipline relatedProfessional

Activities 2008 2019

The floorpan as an aesthetic fact

Wouter Hilhorst (Speaker)
26 Oct 2019

Activity: Talk or presentation typesContributed talkScientific

Constructivism in architectural design education

Wouter Hilhorst (Speaker)
25 Oct 2019

Activity: Talk or presentation typesContributed talkScientific

Urban and architectural transformationin the Netherlands and Belgium

Wouter Hilhorst (Speaker)
21 Jul 2019

Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talkScientific

Press / Media

Ring biedt kansen voor stoer wonen in Eindhoven

Paul Diederen & Bram van Kaathoven


1 media contribution

Press/Media: Public Engagement Activities

Student theses

(re)form block: urban block housing

Author: Moravec, A., 31 Aug 2018

Supervisor: Rapp, C. (Supervisor 1), Apelt, H. (Supervisor 2), Hilhorst, W. (Supervisor 2), Malcovati, S. (External person) (External coach) & Albers, B. (External person) (External coach)

Student thesis: Master


Aan het einde van de Leien: aanvulling op het historisch stadscentrum van Antwerpen

Author: Elverding, M., 28 Feb 2017

Supervisor: Rapp, C. (Supervisor 1), Apelt, H. (Supervisor 2) & Hilhorst, W. (Supervisor 2)

Student thesis: Master


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