Call for papers

Abstract submission

The symposium aims to re-define the field of architectural research and invites practicing architects and historians operating within academia to reflect on their lived expertise. Proposals aiming to bridge the gap between practice and theory, and which develop an architectural thinking, method or analysis combining ontological research with exemplary building practice, are welcomed. Papers can take a historical, theoretical or architectural perspective. The research can focus on the relationship between architectural culture and its themes – on a generation of architects throughout history, on the oeuvre of an architect through a specific drawing, building, space and/or detail – within its pivotal position in the design process, or within history. We are interested in narratives that emphasize the processes of making and their effects on structure and material culture. A possible historiography starts not only from buildings and texts, but equally from designs captured in different types of drawings, from sketches to technical plans and structural details.

Preference will be given to papers that evaluate research approaches and methods, and which take a position between historiography and autonomy. How do you study the object? In what ways do you capture or register the essential morphology? What were the tools of the designing architect, how do you describe and critically assess them?

Abstracts of 500 words should be sent to research.arch@kuleuven.be by 10 June 2020, accompanied by a CV of 75 words and a list of three peer-reviewed articles.

A publication with a selection of papers is planned.