In his educational activities and research at the Technical University of Eindhoven (TU/e) Jacob relies on his background in architectural theory and philosophy, dealing with the assessment of designs and design decisions. His department focuses particularly on the social-physical space: the relationship between humans and their environment. The aim is to train people to serve society with adequate knowledge, effective skills and a well-founded attitude by discussing and investigating the conditionality of these competencies relying on a scientific attitude. Students are supported in finding their way in a vast network of possible relationships. The challenge is to examine the conditionality of a particular position, arrive at a reflective equilibrium and make this concrete as workable, enchanting design. By examining the conditionality of decisions, interrogating intentions, considering possible consequences, and discussing intentional and contingent use with an eye on the requirements of many user groups, students arrive at a solid foundation for their own position.
Jacob Voorthuis lectures in the philosophy of the built environment at TU/e. He graduated in Art History at Leiden University of Leiden in 1988, specializing in Art Theory and Aesthetics. In 1996 he defended his doctorate, which attempted to confront the subject of architectural design and its role in society with philosophical analysis. He has a special interest in the relationship between spatial practice and design, his research is concerned with the possibility of judging designs and design decisions from the perspective of a developing ontology of use, the attempt to remodel our conception of use and the useful in design thinking.
Spatial imagination and representationArchitectural Research Addressing Societal Challenges (2017)
The Architecture of Appropriation(2016)
Practical and ethical issues of post-disaster researchAlam Cipta : International Journal of Sustainable Tropical Design Research and Practice (2015)
Het beeld van Vicars' Close in Pugins Constrats als moraalesthetiekStadsperspectieven : Europese tradities in de stedenbouw (2015)
Urban literacy reading and writing architecture by Klaske HavikDe Architect (2014)
- Design for a Sustainable Future: specializing / USER
- Architecture and the city
- Architectural and urban theory
- Graduation Project Urbanism
- Spatial imagination
- Graduation Project Architecture and Urban Design
- Docent Architectuur theorie, Academie van Bouwkunst Rotterdam
- Docent Architectuur theorie, Academie voor Architectuur en Stedenbouw Tilburg