Research areas

  • NA Architecture - architectural methods, architectural imagination
  • H Social Sciences (General) - urban narratives, urban studies
  • GE Environmental Sciences - Perception of place
  • B Philosophy (General) - phenomenology

Research profile

Dr. Klaske Havik is Associate Professor of Architecture, leading the chair of Methods & Analysis at Delft University of Technology, and head of reserach of the Department of Architecture. She studied architecture in Delft and Helsinki, and literary writing in Amsterdam. Combining an experiential reading of places with an academic approach, she writes both academic and literary texts for journals in the fields of (landscape) architecture, urbanism and literature. She explores methods to address the experience, use and imagination of architecture, cities and landscapes, and specializes in the potential of (literary) writing for architectural research and design. Havik founded the laboratory for architecture and literature Writingplace and the peer-reviewed Writingplace journal for architecture and literature. She initiated and organized the international conference Writingplace. Literary Methods in Architectural Research and Design in 2013. She co-edited the anthology Architectural Positions: Architecture, Modernity and the Public Sphere (SUN 2009) and is editor of OASE, Journal for Architecture. Havik’s literary work appeared in Dutch and Flemish poetry collections and literary magazines such as De Revisor, DWB and TERRAS

Havik’s academic book publications include Writingplace, Investigations in Architecture and Literature (Nai010 Publishers 2016), Urban Literacy. Reading and Writing Architecture (nai010 publishers 2014, Spanish version 2016), Architectural Positions: Architecture, Modernity and the Public Sphere (SUN Publishers 2009, co-edited with Hans Teerds and Tom Avermaete).

As editor of the Dutch-Belgian peer reviewed architecture journal OASE, she recently edited OASE#98 Narrating Urban Landscapes (2017) OASE#95 Crossing Boundaries (2015) OASE#91 Building Atmosphere with Juhani Pallasmaa and Peter Zumthor (Nai010, 2013), OASE #89 Medium. The Mid-Size city as an European urban condition and strategy. (Nai publishers 2012), OASE#85, Productive Uncertainty, (2011) and other issues of OASE since 2006.

Research output

  1. Choices and Strategies of Spatial Imagination

    Research output: Contribution to journalEditorialScientificpeer-review

  2. TerriStories. Literary Tools for Capturing Atmosphere in Architectural Pedagogy

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientific

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  1. EU Cost Action CA18126 Writing Urban Places (External organisation)

    Activity: MembershipMembership of committee

  2. meeting EU COST CA18126 Writing Urban Places

    Activity: Participating in or organising an eventParticipation in workshop, seminar, course

  3. Narrative Analysis. Addressing social aspects of architecture through the use of stories

    Activity: Talk or presentationTalk or presentation at a workshop, seminar, course or other meeting

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  1. Architect van het jaar 2014

    Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

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