Chair of the History and Theory of Architecture
Prof. Dr. Maarten Delbeke
About Us

  1. Our colleague Berthold Hub has published his Habilitation on Filarete – Auguri!
  2. Seminar week "Casting the Cornice", Ticino, October 2019
  3. Seminar week "Casting the Cornice", Ticino, October 2019
  4. Seminar week "Casting the Cornice", Ticino, October 2019
  5. Cornice Conversation with Emanuel Christ and Christoph Gantenbein, November 2019
  6. Exhibition "Die Welt, das Werk & das Ich: Architekturstudentinnenbücher", Baubibliothek (Architecture Library), November & December 2019
  7. Book launch "Shifts in Perspective: Architects' Travels to Italy" at the Swiss Institute for Art History (SIK-ISEA), October 2019
  8. "Female but old": impressions and emotions caused by Goethe's Gartenhaus among students, seminar "Caractère", September 2019
  9. Cornice Conversation with Petra Kahlfeldt, May 2019
  10. Seminar week “Jerusalem: Walls”: on the Temple Mount, March 2019
  11. Seminar week “Jerusalem: Walls”: in East Jerusalem, March 2019
  12. Seminar week “Jerusalem: Walls”: at the foot of the Western Wall, March 2019
  13. Preparing an exhibition on the cornice, Drawing Matter, Somerset, England, April 2019
  14. Preparing an exhibition on the cornice, Drawing Matter, Somerset, England, April 2019
  15. Visit to the Werner Oechslin Library, Einsiedeln, April and May 2019
  16. Seminar week “Rome: Walls”: EUR, October 2018
  17. Seminar week “Rome: Walls”: St Peter’s apses, October 2018
  18. Seminar week “Rome: Walls”: Palazzo dei Congressi, EUR, October 2018
  19. Workshop “Re:public: Books and Buildings” in Venice, September 2018
  20. A hike on 18th- and 19th-century paths and roads up the Gotthard Pass, May 2018
  21. Seminar week “Borderline Baroque”: Studienkirche, Dillingen, March 2018
  22. Seminar week “Borderline Baroque”: Chapel, Augustusburg Palace, March 2018
  23. Seminar week “Borderline Baroque”: Autobahn under snow near Würzburg, March 2018
  24. A map of the field trip “Borderline Baroque”, March 2018


The chair is responsible for teaching and research in the history and theory of art and architecture c.1400–1850, in close concert with the other chairs of the gta. We understand this as examining and testing the relevance of this history in the context of a department of architecture – not with the aim of sustaining a narrowly defined operative view of history, but instead in terms of understanding the complexity of architecture, its meaning, agency, and legitimacy, by means of an intricate reading of its past.

Historical architecture inspires enthusiasm precisely when historical distance is at once recognized and overcome in a close encounter with the various artifacts that populate our present. In that sense, we aim at making history graspable in our teaching and events – on field trips, visits to libraries and encounters with books both as physical objects and in our Xenotheka, in discussions with contemporary architects, historians, and other guests.

The images above give an impression of what we, together with our students, have been up to recently. Have a look – and do join us for upcoming events.


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