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

Klaske Havik is Professor Methodsof Analysis and Imagination at the Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment, Delft University of Technology. She has developed a distinct research approach relating architectural and urban questions, such as the use, experience and imagination of place, to literary language. Her book Urban Literacy. Reading and Writing Architecture (2014) based upon her PhD research, proposes a literary approach to architecture and urbanism, introducing the three notions description, transcription and prescription. Other publications include Writingplace, Investigations in Architecture and Literature (2016) and Architectural Positions: Architecture, Modernity and the Public Sphere (2009, co-edited with Tom Avermaete and Hans Teerds). Klaske Havik initiated the platfom Writingplace and organised the 2nd international conference on architecture and fiction: Writingplace. Literary Methods in Architectural Research and Design (2013, publication 2016). As editor of the Dutch-Belgian peer reviewed architecture journal OASE, she edited, among other issues, OASE#91 Building Atmosphere (2013), OASE#85, Productive Uncertainty, (2011) and OASE 70 Architecture and Literature (2007). Havik’s literary work appeared in Dutch poetry collections and literary magazines. For her contribution to the architectural debate, she received the Dutch Architect of the Year Award in 2014. Havik is currently leading the EU COST Research Network Writing Urban Places. 

Research output

  1. Ehituskunst Special issue: Jan Verwijnen: Creative Thought and Urban Change

    Research output: Contribution to journalSpecial issueProfessional

  2. Reading Caroline Rabourdin’s Sense in Translation: Essays on the Bilingual Body

    Research output: Contribution to journalBook/Film/Article reviewScientific

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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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