Doctoral students

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

Hamish Lonergan is an Australian architect and writer. He studied architecture at the University of Queensland where his thesis, supervised by John Macarthur, used David Hume’s aesthetics to understand how key critics shaped attitudes to Brutalism on social media. Part of this research appears in Inflections journal as ‘Fuck Yeah Hume’ (2018) and in a forthcoming book of selected papers from the Values of Architecture and the Economy of Culture conference (2019). Since graduating in 2017, he has developed his interest in architectural authority and the internet through the exhibition Bathroom Gossip (2019)—exploring 1:1 models of Mies van der Rohe’s work—and an essay in Footprint (Spring 2020) that frames the proposed Notre Dame reconstruction competition as a meme. From 2018 to 2020, he worked at COX Architecture on projects including major Indigenous cultural facilities on Minjerribah (Stardbroke Island).


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

Eric Crevels is an architect, urban planner and craftsman his work focus on socially oriented practices, investigating the built environment by the perspective of labour and the interfaces between craft and architecture. In 2018 Eric received a Master’s degree in Architecture and Urbanism at Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais with the thesis “Essays on Resistance: A practical architectural proposal from the perspective of labour”, exploring with the potentialities of crafts, tacit knowledge and manual labour in the empowerment of individuals and communities. His research seeks to connect architectural and urban studies with anthropology, sociology and philosophy, looking for ways that may bridge the boundaries between theory and practice, looking to reshape the urban experience and architectural practice in inventive and socially responsible ways.


KTH Royal Institute of Technology, KTH School of Architecture

Anna Livia Vørsel is a researcher and writer with a Masters in Architectural History and a Bachelors degree in Architectural and Interdisciplinary Studies from The Bartlett School of Architecture. Working in-between and across scientific, historical, and critical inquiries, her work addresses technological, legal and bureaucratic infrastructures in discussions around identity, belonging, ecology and representation in architectural history and theory.


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

Mara Trübenbach is an architectural designer and researcher strongly interested in the intersection of design methods and craft in architecture. In 2018 she graduated from the Bauhaus-University Weimar, DEU with a MSc Architecture, having studied before at the Peter Behrens School of Arts in Dusseldorf, DEU and at the Technical University Vienna, AT. She has gained a wide professional horizon in well-known architectural practices across Europe and has done research on provenances and migration movement in architecture and related subjects. In summer of 2019 she was selected for the Bauhaus Lab program at the Bauhaus Dessau Foundation, Dessau, DEU. An accompanied collectively curated exhibition and pocketbook was published soon after. Mara gave a talk at the Isokon Gallery in London, UK and was invited to speak at the Design History Society Annual Conference at Northumbria University, Newcastle, UK both held in 2019. 


Bergische Universität Wuppertal, School of Architecture and Building Engineering

Filippo Cattapan was born in Padova on the 26th of June 1985. He studied Architecture at the IUAV University of Venezia, where he graduated in 2011 with a design thesis supervised by Giovanni Corbellini. He has been teaching and research assistant at the Politecnico di Milano, at the ETH in Zürich and at the EPFL in Lausanne, within the Laboratoire des Arts pour le Sciences directed by Nicola Braghieri. His studies and researches in the field of architectural theory and history are mainly focused on architectural and urban representation, Renaissance architectura picta, seventeenth and eighteenth century visionary engravings, 1970s collages. Since 2016 he has been working as an architect in Milano at onsitestudio. 


Politecnico di Milano, Department of Architecture and Urban Studies

Graduated with honors in architecture at Politecnico di Milano, Claudia Mainardi outlined a multidisciplinary professional profile that benefits from the cross-pollination of a wide range of experiences. CM worked for numerous offices including Carlo Ratti Associati, OMA/AMO, MVRDV, Stefano Boeri Architetti / MultiplicityLab and Studio Folder with whom she won the special mention at the XIV Venice Biennale. In 2019 CM was head curator of the exbition and graphic design of UABB Shenzhen Biennale and in 2017 she was assistant curator of BIO 25, the 25th Biennial of Design in Ljubljana. CM has been teaching assistant at Politecnico di Milano, researcher at The Why Factory –the think-thank led by Winy Maas within TUDelft– and collaborator at the Het Nieuwe Instituut. Since 2013 Claudia is partner of the architectural design and research collective Fosbury Architecture. F.A. work has been published in several magazines and it has been showcased in many international exhibitions such as the Chicago Architecture Bienniale in 2017, the Venice Architecture Biennale in 2016 and the first Versailles Biennale in 2019.


Academy of Fine Arts Vienna, Institute for Art and Architecture

Paula Strunden is an architectural designer based between Amsterdam and London as co-founder of Soft Bodies and the educational XR program Virtual Fruits. Paula studied at the Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna and ENSAPM Paris before graduating from the Bartlett School of Architecture UCL. With experience working for Archithese, Raumlabor and Herzog & de Meuron, Paula continues to explore the imaginary spatial potential within Virtual and Mixed Reality environments. As Associate of Store, Paula has led a series of VR workshops at cultural institutions in London and abroad and tutored at the Bartlett School of Architecture and Architectural Association. Her speculative Mixed-Reality work has been exhibited at design and film festivals internationally, as well as the Royal Academy of Arts, Estonian Museum of Architecture and Eye Filmmuseum Amsterdam.


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

Ionas Sklavounos (Athens, 1987) graduated in Architecture at the University of Patras and completed his post-graduate studies in Epistemology of Architecture at the National Technical University of Athens, where he also worked as Teaching Assistant in the courses of Architectural Design and Analysis and Study of Historical Settlements and Ensembles. He is a co-founder of the research collaborative “Boulouki – Itinerant Workshop for the Traditional Building Techniques” which as from 2018 is registered as an Urban Non-profit Company, based in Athens, Greece. His research interests evolve around questions regarding the embodied and intangible aspects of architectural work as well as active and participatory approaches of cultural heritage, through the processes of making, repairing and building.


University College London, Bartlett School of Architecture

Jhono Bennett is an architectural urbanist based in Johannesburg. He is a co-founder of 1to1 – Agency of Engagement, a design based social enterprise that has been developed to support the re-development of South African cities through addressing systemic spatial inequality post-Apartheid.
In addition to this role, Jhono has held research and teaching and research positions in both the University of Johannesburg’s Design for Social Development Desis Lab and the Graduate School of Architecture; where he has been developing a focus on the inter-sectional role of design in how South African cities are seen, made and managed. Through his research he aims to explore the various contested imaginaries-in-action carried within the enforcement of urban policy in South African public space with a particular focus on the effect these value-based forces have in everyday city-making practices. Jhono holds a life-long fellowship with the Ashoka Global Changemakers Network as well as a place in the Alumni of the Young African Leaders Initiative’s (YALI) Mandela Washington Fellowship.


Leibniz Universität Hannover, Faculty of Architecture and Landscape Sciences

Caendia Wijnbelt graduated with a Bachelor of Architecture from ENSA Toulouse, then completed a double Master’s degree in European Architecture within the international network Reiseuni_lab in 2018. Her experience includes workshop-based design projects in Universidade Autónoma de Lisboa (MA), Tallinn University of Technology (MSc), University of Ljubljana, Haifa School of Design, Bauhaus Dessau, University of Innsbruck. Her final thesis topic then connected Found Leftover Places in Lisbon, Haifa, and Ljubljana. For the last two years, she has worked at  Inês Lobo Arquitectos on a broad range of projects — among others, major competitions, school and apartment renewals in Lisbon, in addition to the coordination of two countryside tourism complexes in Alentejo. This experience of living & learning in different countries —firstly within the university network and in a close-knit group of international students, but also within a local network of practitioners— instilled a curiosity to collaborate across disciplines and cultures, and discover patterns in an ever-changing living context. PhD Topic : design reflexivity and place.