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.


ESR 1 – Eric Crevels

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.

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ESR 2 – Anna Livia Vørsel

KTH Royal Institute of Technology, KTH School of Architecture

Anna Livia Vørsel is an architectural historian and researcher. She holds an MA in Architectural History and a BSc in Architectural and Interdisciplinary Studies from the Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL. Working in-between and across scientific, historical, artistic and critical inquiries, her work addresses economic, legal and bureaucratic infrastructures in discussions around identity, belonging, ecology and representation in architectural history and theory. She has recently worked as a researcher at Royal College of Art, London and Seoul Biennale for Architecture and Urbanism. She is currently doing her PhD at KTH in Stockholm, where her research project looks at post-war housing and material forms of knowing.

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ESR 3 – Mara Trübenbach

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. 

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ESR 4 – Filippo Cattapan

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. 

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ESR 5 – Claudia Mainardi

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.

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ESR 6 – Paula Strunden

Academy of Fine Arts Vienna, Institute for Art and Architecture

Based between Amsterdam and Vienna, Paula Strunden is an architectural designer and artist who develops and builds multisensory mixed reality installations. Having studied at the Bartlett School of Architecture UCL and worked for Raumlabor Berlin and Herzog & de Meuron Basel, Paula’s work explores the role of architecture at the intersection of the virtual and physical realm. As Associate of Store, co-founder of Soft Bodies and the educational XR program Virtual Fruits, Paula has led VR/AR workshops at high-school and cultural institutions in London and abroad and tutored at the Bartlett Summer School and Architectural Association. Her room-scale XR installations have been exhibited at design and film festivals internationally, as well as the Royal Academy of Arts, Estonian Museum of Architecture, MU Artspace Eindhoven and Eye Filmmuseum Amsterdam. 

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ESR 7 – Ioannis Sklavounos

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

Ioannis Sklavounos, born in Athens in 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.

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ESR 8 – Jhono Bennett

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.

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ESR 9 – Caendia Wijnbelt

Leibniz Universität Hannover, Faculty of Architecture and Landscape Sciences

Caendia Wijnbelt is an architect and researcher with a strong interest in the many modes of perceiving/interpreting place, building upon a broad range of experiences working between disciplines and across cultures. She is currently exploring how reflexive approaches towards sites and localities could be conceptualised and generate practical tools for design. Graduating with a Bachelor of Architecture from ENSA Toulouse, she then completed a dual 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. For the last two years, she worked at Inês Lobo Arquitectos in Lisbon, Portugal.

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ESR 10 – Hamish Lonergan

ETH Zürich, Department of Architecture

Hamish Lonergan is an Australian architect and writer. He graduated with a Master of Architecture from the University of Queensland in 2017 where his thesis, supervised by Prof. John Macarthur, explored the popularity of Brutalism on social media through David Hume’s aesthetics. His work has appeared in conferences and publications including Footprint, Inflection and OASE (forthcoming). Before joining TACK, he curated the exhibition Bathroom Gossip (Brisbane, 2019) and worked at COX Architecture (2018-2020) on projects including major Indigenous cultural facilities on Minjerribah (Stradbroke Island).

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