The group has a clear profile in the combination of innovative historical research of the Dutch situation in confrontation with international scientific approaches. This translates, among other things, into the presence of a relatively large network and a considerable number of PhD students and external PhD students.
In the field of architectural history, VU Amsterdam occupies a recognised position as a research centre and training institute. Within the VU, the group is strongly represented in the teaching of the bachelor's programme Media, Art, Design and Architecture (MKDA) and the master's specialisations Architectural History (Dutch) and Heritage Studies. The group distinguishes itself in architectural history by its research focus on the thematic relationships between architecture and heritage in their current and historical dynamics, with attention to architecture, urban planning and theory of the early modern and modern periods.
Our research is housed in the interdisciplinary, interfaculty research institute CLUE+, which stands for the history and heritage of Cultural Landscape and Urban Environment, responsible for 'History and Design. Handbook for dealing with cultural heritage' (2010, ed. Koos Bosma and Jan Kolen), and has its own scholarly publication series Landscape and Heritage Studies (Amsterdam University Press).
Some of our current research projects:
- Research into architectural culture, in particular of the long eighteenth century, recent publication: Passion and Control. Dutch Architectural Culture of the Eighteenth Century (Ashgate 2016, Freek Schmidt
- Architecture and representation in early modern Europe, with an emphasis on Italy. PhD research into the illustrated manuscripts of the Spanish painter Juan Andrés Ricci de Guevara (1600-1681) (Martijn van Beek)
- Views on modernising the landscape in Dutch landscape architecture of the 1960s and 1970s (Imke van Hellemondt)
- Building in the shrinking city. Renovation and demolition in the urban network of Holland (1670-1830) (dissertation research Minke Walda)
- Imperial Places. Built manifestations of imperial culture in Europe, c. 1850-1950 (dissertation research Miel Groten, in collaboration with Chair of Political History)
- Imagination, Visualization and Architecture: Amsterdam Airport Schiphol from 1919 until 2006 (dissertation research Iris Burgers)
- The spatial intentions of Louis Napoleon for the Kingdom of Holland 1806-1810 (dissertation research Esther Starkenburg)
- Architecture, Meaning and Heritage Issues of the Railway Station on Java, Indonesia, 1867-1942 (dissertation research Harmilyanti Sulistyani)