Roemer van Toorn

Roemer van Toorn is Architectural Theory Professor at the Umeå School of Architecture, Sweden. From 1993 till 2010 he has been in charge of the History and Theory program and was Head of publications at the Berlage Institute, the Netherlands. He was a guest professor at the Delft School of Design (DSD) at the University of Technology Delft (TU Delft), and visiting professor at the Universität der Künste Berlin (UDK), while at the same time pursuing a career as an international lecturer and researcher. He has been the editor of several issues of the annual publication Architecture in the Netherlands, as well as an advisor of the magazine Archis (Volume), Hunch, Domus and Abitare. As author and photographer he also contributes to many other publications.

After graduating from the University of Technology Delft as architect, Roemer van Toorn published The Invisible in Architecture (1994), in collaboration with Ole Bouman; in this acclaimed encyclopedic manifest he dissects the varied range of cultural, economic, political and philosophic outlook within the contemporary architectural discourse with the aim of outlining the different positions and issues of today's architecture. His photography work has been exhibited in Winnipeg, Los Angeles and was part of the exhibition Cities on the Move curated by Hou Hanru and Hans-Ulrich Obrist. Parts of his ungoing photography research, entitled the Society of The And has been exhibited at Archilab, France. Besides redefining Relational Architecture at the faculty of Architecture in Sweden. Currently he is investigating how different contemporary practices can make architecture politically under the title Aesthetics as a Form of Politics, while finalizing his Society of the And text-image publication with the support of the Swedish Research Council Formas Architecture in Effect.

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