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Advisory Board

The Jaap Bakema Study Centre academic advisory board consists of Tom Avermaete (ETH Zürich), Hetty Berens (Het Nieuwe Instituut), Maristella Casciato (Getty Institute), Carola Hein (TU Delft) and Georg Vrachliotis (TU Delft). Dirk van den Heuvel (TU Delft, Het Nieuwe Instituut) is head of the Jaap Bakema Study Centre.


PhD ARchitecture and Democracy

Together with the Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment, TU Delft, the Jaap Bakema Study Centre launched the PhD programme Architecture and Democracy. The programme seeks to investigate how over the course of the 20th century, architecture and urban planning have played a role in representing, embodying and enabling democracy. Current PhD candidates are Íñigo Cornago Bonal and Burcu Köken.

Visiting Scholars

Within the Visiting Scholars programme, the Jaap Bakema Study Centre welcomes guest researchers who participate in the four research and museum projects: Structuralism, the Open Society, Total Space and Museology.


Alejandro Campos Uribe has been affiliated on the basis of a Marie Skodowska-Curie Individual Fellowship since 2021. Giovanni Bellotti and Alessandra Covini (Studio Ossidiana) worked on the research installation Animal Encounters (2019).


In 2017, the Jaap Bakema Study Centre welcomed Maarten Gielen and Lionel DeVlieger from Rotor in Brussels as visiting professors, creating a research studio on the reuse of heritage and structuralist architecture.


Previous guest researchers were Professor Georges Teyssot (Université de Laval) and Professor M. Christine Boyer (Princeton University). Christine Boyer delivered the public lecture Open Societies, Common Spaces.


The Critical Visitor

Het Nieuwe Instituut is a partner within the NWO The Critical Visitor project that investigates how heritage institutions can bring about new forms of inclusiveness and accessibility through their organisation, collections and exhibition policy. The five-year research project is being conducted by a consortium of fifteen cultural and scientific institutions.

TACK Network

Communities of Tacit Knowledge: Architecture and its Ways of Knowing, or simply TACK, is an Innovative Training Network as part of the Marie Sklodowska-Curie Actions within the European Horizon 2020 Framework Programme. This international research project aims to gain a better understanding of the often implicit experiential knowledge which architects draw on when designing buildings and cities. TACK is formed by ten European academic institutions, three leading cultural institutions for architecture, and nine leading architectural firms. These partners jointly offer an innovative PhD training programme in the field of tacit knowledge in architecture, resulting in ten parallel PhD projects.

Bakema Fellowship

In the years 2006-2012 the precursor organisation of Het Nieuwe Instituut, the Netherlands Architecture institute, hosted the Bakema Fellowship programme. Fellows were Jessica Bridger, Elena Cabrera Vacas, Dietmar KoeringThomas KongIsmae’l Sheikh Hassan and Tim de Boer.