Academic partners

The ‘Communities of Tacit Knowledge’ research and training network synthesizes and expands the expertise that has been generated at ten academic institutions from across Europe to systematically examine tacit knowledge in architecture and thereby train a new generation of researchers in the field of architecture.


ETH Zürich, Department of Architecture

Prof. dr. ir. Tom Avermaete is Professor at ETH Zürich, where he is Chair for the History and Theory of Urban Design. Avermaete has a special research interest in the post-war public realm and the architecture of the city in Western and non-Western contexts. He is the author of Another Modern: The Post-War Architecture and Urbanism of Candilis-Josic-Woods (2005) and Casablanca, Chandigarh: A Report on Modernization (2014, with Maristella Casciato). Avermaete has also edited numerous books, including Shopping Towns Europe 1945-75: Commercial Collectivity and the Architecture of the Shopping Centre (2017, with Janina Gosseye), and is a member of the editorial team of OASE Architectural Journal and the advisory board of the Architectural Theory Review, among others.


Delft University of Technology, Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment

Prof. dr. ir. Klaske Havik is Professor of Methods of Analysis and Imagination at the Department of Architecture at TU Delft. Her book Urban Literacy. Reading and Writing Architecture (Rotterdam: Nai010 2014), based on her PhD, proposes a literary approach to architecture and urbanism. Other publications include Writingplace. Investigations in Architecture and Literature (2016), “Writing Atmospheres”, in Jonathan Charley(ed), Routledge Companion to Architecture and Literature (London: Routledge, 2018) and Architectural Positions: Architecture, Modernity and the Public Sphere (with Tom Avermaete and Hans Teerds, 2009). Havik is editor of the Writingplace Journal for Architecture & Literature, and Action Chair of the EU Cost network Writing Urban Places.

Dr. ir. Janina Gosseye is Associate Professor of Urban Architecture in the TUDelft Department of Architecture, Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment. Her research is situated at the nexus of architectural theory, urban planning and social and political history. Gosseye has edited and authored several books, including Shopping Towns Europe 1945-75: Commercial Collectivity and the Architecture of the Shopping Centre (2017, with Tom Avermaete) and Speaking of Buildings: Oral History in Architectural Research (2019, with Naomi Stead and Deborah van der Plaat).Her research has also been published in several leading journals, including the Journal of Architecture,the Journal of Urban History, and Planning Perspectives.


KTH Royal Institute of Technology, KTH School of Architecture

Prof. dr. Helena Mattsson is Professor in History and Theory at KTH School of Architecture. Her research deals with the 20 th century theory on welfare state architecture and contemporary architectural history with a special focus on the interdependency between politics, economy and spatial organizations. She is the co-editor for publications such as Swedish Modernism: Architecture, Consumption, and the Welfare State (London: Black Dog Publishing, 2010), the themed issue of Architecture and Culture, “Architecture and Capitalism: Solids and Flows”, 2017 and Neoliberalism on the Ground: Architecture and Transformation from the 1960s to the Present (Pittsburgh: University of Pittsburgh Press, 2020). She is currently working on a book on the neoliberalization of the 1980s welfare state (Bloomsbury Publishing). She is part of the group Action Archive and a member of the editorial board of Journal of Architecture.

Assoc. Prof. Jennifer Mack is Associate Professor in Theory and History at the KTH School of Architecture. Broadly, her work concerns equality, power, and social change and the built environment, combining approaches from architectural history and anthropology. Her current research focuses on the design, use, and renovation of late modernist landscapes. She is the author of The Construction of Equality: Syriac Immigration and the Swedish City (University of Minnesota Press, 2017) and the co-editor of two anthologies: Rethinking the Social in Architecture: Making Effects (Actar, 2019) and Life Among Urban Planners: Practice, Professionalism, and Expertise in the Making of the City (University of Pennsylvania Press, forthcoming 2020). She has published in numerous anthologies and a range of journals, including Public Culture, American Ethnologist, International Journal of Islamic Architecture, and Landscape Research (forthcoming) and is a member of the editorial board of Thresholds.


Oslo School of Architecture and Design, Oslo Centre for Critical Architectural Studies (OCCAS)

Prof. dr. Tim Anstey trained as an architect, and took his PhD, at the University of Bath in England. He is Director of the PhD Programme at the Oslo School of Architecture and Design in Norway, and a member of OCCAS, the Oslo Centre for Critical Architectural Studies. His recent publications include Images of Egypt, edited together with Mari Lending and Eirik Bøhn (Frankfurt: Lars Müller, 2020), “Movables”, in The Printed and the Built edited by Mari Hvattum and Anne Hultszch (London: Bloomsbury, 2018), and “Economies of the Interior: Thomas Hope and Interior Decoration”, in Grey Room 78 (Winter 2020).


Bergische Universität Wuppertal, School of Architecture and Building Engineering

Prof. dr. ir. Christoph Grafe (Bremen, 1964); architect and writer; living and working in Amsterdam, London and Wuppertal. Professor of Architectural History and Theory at the University of Wuppertal. From 2011 to 2017 he served as the director of the Flanders Architecture Institute in Antwerp. Visiting professorships at University of Hasselt (Belgium) and Politecnico di Milano. His book People’s Palaces – Architecture, Culture and Democracy in Post-War Western Europe was published by Architectura & Natura in 2014. Editor of OASE and publisher/ editor of  Eselsohren. Member of the editorial board of the Journal of Architecture (RIBA) and the advisory board of the Baukunstarchiv Nordrhein-Westfalen. Acted as interim city architect (with Bob van Reeth) in Antwerp in 2015.


Politecnico di Milano, Department of Architecture and Urban Studies

Prof. dr. Gennaro Postiglione is a full Professor in Interior Architecture at Politecnico di Milano where he acts as Head of the MSc in Architecture. Besides his research on Scandinavian Modern and Contemporary Architecture, since 2005 he started a research by design track on reuse and valorisation of minor heritage – among which also the one coming from conflicts – recurring to sustainable re-active-action strategies and stressing the relationship between collective memory, public space and cultural identity. Lately including also contemporary housing and dwelling practices, to promote innovative, up-to-date solutions capable of meeting the urgent needs of housing. Putting the resources of architecture in the public interest.

Gaia Caramellino is Assistant Professor of history of architecture at the Politecnico di Milano and member of the PhD supervisory board at Politecnico di Torino. Her research focuses on the transatlantic transfer of architectural and urban knowledge; the history of housing practices, cultures, forms and theories; terminology and the study of the ordinary. She has held several visiting fellowships (the CCA, Kyoto University, IIAS, Radcliffe) and research grants (Graham Foundation). She is the author of Europe meets America (2016) and co-editor of The Housing Project (2020), Post-war Middle-Class Housing (2015) and Storie di Case (2013). She chairs the research group Retheorizing the Architecture of Housing.


Academy of Fine Arts Vienna, Institute for Art and Architecture

Prof. dr. ir. Angelika Schnell is Professor for architectural theory, architectural history and design at the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna. Former editor of ARCH+, current member of the editorial boards of ARCH+ and Candide, co-editor of Bauwelt Fundamente. Numerous publications and lectures at international institutions. Dissertation on the theoretical work of Aldo Rossi (summa cum laude). Research foci on the relationship between architecture and urbanism in the 20th and 21st centuries, in particular on the criticism of modernism and its historiographical conception, on design methods and their transdisciplinary interconnections.

Dr. Eva Sommeregger is Assistant Professor at the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna, associated with the platforms „History, Theory and Criticism“ and „Analogue and Digital Production“. Her research deals with models of thought related to the human body’s spatiality. Eva was Schütte-Lihotzky Research Fellow 2010 and Architect in Residence at the MAK in Los Angeles in 2011. She is the co-editor of „Silver Linings“ (Breite Gasse, 2015, with Mike Aling and Florian Schafschetzy) and „Entwerfen Erforschen: der „performative“ turn im Architekturstudium“ (Birkhäuser, 2016, with Angelika Schnell and Waltraud Indrist).


University of Antwerp, Faculty of Design Sciences, Department of Architecture

Prof. dr. ir. Lara Schrijver is Professor in Architecture Theory at the University of Antwerp Faculty of Design Sciences. Earlier, she taught at Delft University of Technology (2005–2014) and the Rotterdam Academy of Architecture (2007–2013). She is editor for the KNOB Bulletin and has served as editor for Footprint journal and OASE. Her work has been published in various academic and professional journals. She is author of Radical Games (2009) and co-editor of Autonomous Architecture in Flanders (2016). She was co-editor for three editions of the annual review Architecture in the Netherlands (2016–2019).


University College London, Bartlett School of Architecture

Prof. dr. Peg Rawes is Professor of Architecture and Philosophy at the Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL. Trained in art history and philosophy, her anthologies, Architectural Relational Ecologies: Architecture, Nature and Subjectivity (ed 2013), and Poetic Biopolitics: Practices of Relation in Architecture and the Arts (co-ed. 2016), publish architects alongside practitioners in the arts, environmental, human rights, social and medical research. Other recent publications include: ‘Insecure Predictions’, E-Flux Architecture, 24 July 2018; ‘Housing biopolitics and care’ in A. Radman and H. Sohn (eds), Critical and Clinical Cartographies (2017) and ‘Planetary Aesthetics’, in E. Wall and T. Waterman (eds), Landscape and Agency (2017).


Leibniz Universität Hannover, Faculty of Architecture and Landscape Sciences

Prof. dr. ir. Margitta Buchert is Chair for Architecture and Art 20th/21st Centuries at the Faculty of Architecture and Landscape Sciences. Contents focus on architectural theory, design theory, and design principles. The primary fields of research are ‘Reflexive design’, ‘Urban architecture’, as well as the aesthetics and contextuality of architecture, art, cities, and nature. | Selected publications: Bigness and Porosity, in: Sophie Wolfrum et al. (ed.), Porous City, Berlin 2018, 84-88; Margitta Buchert (ed), Processes of Reflexive Design, Berlin 2018; Margitta Buchert, Mobile und Stabile, in: Anett Zinsmeister (ed.), Figure of motion, Berlin 2011, 50–73; Margitta Buchert, Actuating. Koolhaas´urban aesthetics, in: Jale Erzen (ed.), Mirmarlikta estetik dusunce, Ankara 2010, 223-231.