Research output per year
Research output per year
“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.”
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.
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.
Partners in (semi-)industry
Research output: Contribution to journal › Article › Academic › peer-review
Research output: Book/Report › Book › Academic
Research output: Contribution to conference › Abstract
Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceeding › Chapter › Academic › peer-review
Research output: Non-textual form › Exhibition › Academic
Jacob C.T. Voorthuis (Chair)
Activity: Membership types › Membership of committee › Scientific
Jacob C.T. Voorthuis (Speaker)
Activity: Talk or presentation types › Contributed talk › Scientific
Jacob Voorthuis (Keynote speaker)
Activity: Talk or presentation types › Keynote talk › Scientific
1 Media contribution
Press/Media: Expert Comment