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“My role is to critically examine the thinking of the student, which connects theory and practice, with a focus on the social consequences of a design.”

Research profile

In his educational activities and research at the Technical University of Eindhoven (TU/e) Jacob relies on his background in architectural theory and philosophy, dealing with the assessment of designs and design decisions. His department focuses particularly on the social-physical space: the relationship between humans and their environment. The aim is to train people to serve society with adequate knowledge, effective skills and a well-founded attitude by discussing and investigating the conditionality of these competencies relying on a scientific attitude.

Students are supported in finding their way in a vast network of possible relationships. The challenge is to examine the conditionality of a particular position, arrive at a reflective equilibrium and make this concrete as workable, enchanting design. By examining the conditionality of decisions, interrogating intentions, considering possible consequences, and discussing intentional and contingent use with an eye on the requirements of many user groups, students arrive at a solid foundation for their own position.

Academic background

Jacob Voorthuis lectures in the philosophy of the built environment at TU/e. He graduated in Art History at Leiden University of Leiden in 1988, specializing in Art Theory and Aesthetics. In 1996 he defended his doctorate, which attempted to confront the subject of architectural design and its role in society with philosophical analysis. He has a special interest in the relationship between spatial practice and design, his research is concerned with the possibility of judging designs and design decisions from the perspective of a developing ontology of use, the attempt to remodel our conception of use and the useful in design thinking.

Affiliated with

  • Rotterdam Academy of Architecture
  • Tilburg Academy of Architecture
  • Groningen Academy of Architecture

Partners in (semi-)industry

  • Maurer United Architects BV
  • Het Nieuwe Instituut

 

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Research Output

A fair accord : cradle to cradle as a design theory measured against John Rawls' Theory of justice and immanuel Kant's Categorical imperative

Voorthuis, J. C. T. & Gijbels, C., 2010, In : Sustainability. 2, 1, p. 371-382 12 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

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    Het ontwerpgesprek : een filosofie van het ontwerpen

    Voorthuis, J. C. T., 2012, Rotterdam: NAI010. 216 p.

    Research output: Book/ReportBookAcademic

  • Spatial imagination and representation: a method for integrating the theory and practice of spatial analysis in architectural education

    Voorthuis, J. C. T. & Aarts, H. M. T., 2017, Architectural Research Addressing Societal Challenges. Couceiro da Costa, M. J. R., Rosetta, F., da Costa, S. C. & Pestana Lages, J. (eds.). 2017 ed. London: CRC Taylor & Francis, Vol. 2. p. 1085-1092 8 p.

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

    The Architecture of Appropriation

    Voorthuis, J. C. T., Nov 2016

    Research output: Non-textual formExhibitionAcademic

  • Prizes

    Beste Bachelor Lecturer 2016

    Jacob Voorthuis (Recipient), 1 Sep 2016

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

    Best Master Supervisor 2015

    Jacob Voorthuis (Recipient), 1 Sep 2015

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

    Beste 1st Year Lecturer of 2012

    Jacob Voorthuis (Recipient), 1 Sep 2012

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

    Best Bachelor Lecturer of 2008

    Jacob Voorthuis (Recipient), 1 Sep 2008

    Prize: 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

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

    Activities

    Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO) (External organisation)

    Jacob C.T. Voorthuis (Chair)
    5 Oct 20185 Oct 2019

    Activity: Membership typesMembership of committeeScientific

    Writingplace Journal for Architecture and Literature

    Jacob C.T. Voorthuis (Speaker)
    Dec 2017Dec 2018

    Activity: Talk or presentation typesContributed talkScientific

    Time and Architecture

    Jacob Voorthuis (Keynote speaker)
    6 Sep 2017

    Activity: Talk or presentation typesKeynote talkScientific

    Art, Love, and the Sustainable Design of Buildings

    Jacob Voorthuis (Keynote speaker)
    7 May 2017

    Activity: Talk or presentation typesKeynote talkScientific

    Een mateloze blik op de gezondheid en de Stad

    Jacob Voorthuis (Keynote speaker)
    25 Jan 2017

    Activity: Talk or presentation typesKeynote talkScientific

    Courses

    Architectural and Urban theory

    1/09/15 → …

    Course

    Architecture and philosophy

    1/09/15 → …

    Course

    Architecture and the city

    1/09/12 → …

    Course

    Spatial imagination

    1/09/13 → …

    Course

    Press / Media

    Webinar

    Jacob Voorthuis

    16/02/17

    1 Media contribution

    Press/Media: Public Engagement Activities

    Webinar

    Jacob Voorthuis

    24/11/16

    1 Media contribution

    Press/Media: Public Engagement Activities

    Student theses

    (On)gebonden frame: woon/werk omgeving voor de creatieve klasse van Eindhoven binnen een vrij en duurzaam kader

    Author: Villanueva, D., 30 Jun 2008

    Supervisor: van Zuuk, R. (Supervisor 1), Willems, M. (Supervisor 2) & Voorthuis, J. (Supervisor 2)

    Student thesis: Master

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    3D adaptable building skin: mechanisme onderzoek corpus vivera architectura

    Author: Suma, A., 31 Aug 2007

    Supervisor: van Herwijnen, F. (Supervisor 1), Westra, J. (Supervisor 2), Bakker, M. (Supervisor 2), Voorthuis, J. (Supervisor 2) & Habraken, A. (Supervisor 2)

    Student thesis: Master

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    3ducation: 3d computer learning strategies in spatial design; with as test case ''school design''

    Author: van der Holst, S., 31 Mar 2012

    Supervisor: de Vries, B. (Supervisor 1), Willems, M. (Supervisor 2) & Voorthuis, J. (Supervisor 2)

    Student thesis: Master

    Achter een masker: voorstel voor een penitiaire inrichting

    Author: Horvers, K., 31 Aug 2006

    Supervisor: Bosman, A. (Supervisor 1), Voorthuis, J. (Supervisor 2) & Swagten, J. (Supervisor 2)

    Student thesis: Master

    A courtyard house in a field: material, the start of design

    Author: Ma, W., 31 Aug 2013

    Supervisor: Schevers, J. (Supervisor 1), Voorthuis, J. (Supervisor 2) & Colenbrander, B. (Supervisor 2)

    Student thesis: Master

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