The study of the morphology of the city and its most important building types is central to all studies.
Equal importance is given to the study of architectural language in order to connect an object with its past and with this, with all architectures. We see this approach to architecture as essential in nowadays planning and building practice, in order to give a building relevance in the long run. RA focuses on a cultural tradition of architecture that builds on the idea of ‘type’ as the constant carrier of architectural design. Variations of this constant, in order to respond to contemporary building questions and conditions, define the working field of the chair. The formal basis of architecture, frequently within the spatial context of existing urban constellations, is central to this.
By creatively questioning the formal fundament of architecture, RA aims to stimulate architectural research by design. Research has been integrated into Rational Architecture through the establishment of the design-based research group Bauhütte.
Meet some of our Researchers
Bram van Kaathoven
Our most recent peer reviewed publications
Spatial imagination and representationArchitectural Research Addressing Societal Challenges (2017)
La città : Progetti urbani = Die Stadt : Städtische ProjekteLa città : Progetti urbani = Die Stadt : Städtische Projekte (2017)
Bouwstenen van de campusOverHolland (2017)
Drawing and conceiving spaceOpen House International (2015)
Visiting addressVertigoDe Groene LoperEindhovenNetherlands
Postal addressDepartment of the Built EnvironmentP.O. Box 5135600 MB EindhovenNetherlands