With 7 billion people needing a roof over their heads, there is no denying the importance of the production of housing.
But a house is so much more than mere shelter. The house is the little bit of space that we can call our own. It is the place where our everyday lives get their own special meaning, where we experience freedom and privacy and where we can express our identity.
It doesn’t stop at the front door either. The living environment extends beyond the interior of the house to include our neighborhoods, our streets and squares, the places where we meet and relax: in short all the places we call home.
In its curriculum the Chair of Architecture and Dwelling addresses all these scales and conditions. By investigating spatial configurations in relation to themes like diversity, high density, sustainability, the quality of our suburbs and the relationship between the private dwelling and the city’s public spaces, the full extent of architecture and dwelling is explored in the program’s Master Studios and Seminars.
The chair of Architecture and Dwelling is involved in research and education in the field of architectural design and housing. Current chair holder is prof. ir. Dick van Gameren, who is also acting chair of the Department of Architecture.