Architecture (A) | Non-residential buildings
Chair of Architectural Composition

Umberto Barbieri (born in 1945, in Italy) has been a full professor at the faculty since 2002. He occupies the Chair of Architectural Composition, formerly Non-Residential Buildings. Among the areas of his research are the form and significance of architectural precedents for contemporary designers. Architecture, in his opinion, is not a question of artistic whim, but rather the cultivation of typologies and models that make up part of the overall expert knowledge of the field. For students and designers it is therefore very important that they have sufficient insight in this aspect of the discipline. Another of his areas of academic interest is that of the probability of architectural design. Barbieri examines such questions as, ‘Why did this particular piece of architecture win that competition at that time, and to what extent was it just chance?’ and ‘Why was this particular building put up at that particular time and at that particular location?’ At the same time he researches the consequences of this apparent randomness for the field. He gives lessons in the Bachelor’s degree programme and during the bridging semester and is involved in interim and final assessments in the Master’s degree programme.

Barbieri previously worked as a teacher in Delft and at the Academies of Architecture in Tilburg and Rotterdam. He has also been a visiting professor in Milan, Venice and Berlin. In addition to his career in education he also spent many years working as an architect. He worked extensively with Aldo Rossi, Giorgio Grassi and Jo Coenen and also had his own practice, under the name of Studio di Architettura, together with Eric Hulstein. He was in charge of such well-known projects as the new buildings for the Bonnefantenmuseum, houses on the Slachthuisterrein in The Hague and the Monumento Urbano in Zaandam. 

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