• 72 Citations
20092020

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Personal profile

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“I have always been, and continue to be fascinated by the metropolitan area and the ongoing dialogue between old and new structures in a changing world.”

Research profile

As professor of Rational Architecture at Eindhoven University, Christian Rapp aims to realize a complementary equilibrium between theory and practice. The profile of this chair closely matches the focus of his own architectural practice: designing and building an urban context within rapidly changing socioeconomic conditions.

The chair of Rational Architecture (RA) focuses on a cultural tradition of architecture that builds on the idea of ‘type’ as the constant carrier of architectural design. The search for variations of this constant, in order to respond to contemporary building questions and conditions, defines the working field of the chair. The formal basis of architecture, frequently within the spatial context of existing urban constellations, is central at this. By creatively questioning the formal fundament of architecture the chair aims at stimulating architectural research by design. With the establishment of the design based research group Bauhütte applied research finds its place at the chair RA.

Recently, the chair has focussed on strategic collaborations -both regarding education and research- with partner universities such as Polytechnic University Torino, Polytechnic University Milano, TU Dortmund, RWTH Aachen and University of Applied Science Potsdam.

Academic background

Christian Rapp studied architecture at the Technical University of Berlin and Delft University of Technology. He worked at the offices of Otto Steidle, Rem Koolhaas and Hans Kollhoff, and from 1992 to 1998 he had a joint office with Stefan Höhne. Together with his wife Birgit, he founded architectural agency Rapp + Rapp in 1999. In 1997 he was awarded the Maaskant Prize for young architects. After holding several guest positions at Dutch and German educational institutions, he joined TU/E in 2007 as Professor of Architectural Design and Urban Cultures. In 2014, he became professor of Rational Architecture at TU/e. In 2016, Christian Rapp was appointed City Architect of Antwerp.

Affiliated with

  • Rapp + Rapp B.V. (director)
  • Team Stadsbouwmeester, Stad Antwerpen (city architect)
  • Identität der Architektur, Conferences RWTH Aachen (member of programme committee)
  • OASE journal for architecture (member and chairman of the bord)

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Research Output

De Kroon : een Europese wolkenkrabber

Colenbrander, B. J. F. & Rapp, C., 2012, Rotterdam: nai010 uitgevers. 180 p.

Research output: Book/ReportBookAcademic

Frühjahrsakademie Ruhr 2020

Apelt, H. & Rapp, C., 2020

Research output: Other contributionAcademic

The reality of the city: continuity and change, learning from the seventies

Apelt, H. (ed.), Rapp, C. (ed.) & van Kaathoven, B. A. H. L., 2019, 1 ed. Köln: Verlag der Buchhandlung Walther König. (Materialien zu Geschichte, Theorie und Entwurf städtischer Architektur)

Research output: Book/ReportBookAcademic

  • Ruimte geven aan de stad van morgen : inspiratienota voor het nieuw Strategisch Ruimteplan Antwerpen

    Apostel, K. (ed.), Rapp, C., Smits, F. (ed.) & Van der Veken, K. (ed.), 3 May 2018, Antwerpen: Patricia De Somer. 98 p.

    Research output: Book/ReportReportProfessional

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    Prizes

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

    Christian Rapp (Recipient), 22 Jun 2016

    Prize: OtherDiscipline relatedProfessional

    Activities

    Universität Dortmund (External organisation)

    Haike Apelt (Chair), Christian Rapp (Chair)
    2020

    Activity: Membership typesMembership of committeeScientific

    Frühjahrsakademie Ruhr 2020: Konversion

    Haike Apelt (Organiser), Christian Rapp (Organiser)
    2020

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

    Universität Dortmund (External organisation)

    Haike Apelt (Member), Christian Rapp (Member), Anne-Marie Peters - van den Heuvel (Member)
    9 Sep 201920 Sep 2019

    Activity: Membership typesMembership of committeeScientific

    MIPIM

    Christian Rapp (Keynote speaker)
    13 Mar 2019

    Activity: Talk or presentation typesKeynote talkProfessional

    Universität Dortmund (External organisation)

    Haike Apelt (Member), Christian Rapp (Member), Anne-Marie Peters - van den Heuvel (Member)
    11 Mar 201920 Mar 2019

    Activity: Membership typesMembership of committeeScientific

    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

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    (S)cars: a treatment for Boston's big dig

    Author: Schilte, W., 31 Aug 2015

    Supervisor: van Wesemael, P. (Supervisor 1), Rapp, C. (Supervisor 2) & Ziegler, F. (Supervisor 2)

    Student thesis: Master

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    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

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    Aan wat vooraf ging: een analoge interventie bij een bestaand gebouw

    Author: Göritzlehner, L., 30 Jun 2010

    Supervisor: Colenbrander, B. (Supervisor 1), Rapp, C. (Supervisor 2) & van Wesemael, P. (Supervisor 2)

    Student thesis: Master

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    A Madrilenian Großform: a castle of living on the former plot of the Mahou Brewery

    Author: Morshuis, D., 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

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