Roemer Van Toorn
Roemer van Toorn is full professor of architectural theory and director of the UMA PhD research school at the newly established UMA school of architecture Umeå, Sweden. He has been in charge of the history and theory program, and was head of publications at the Berlage Institute Postgraduate Laboratory of Architecture, the Netherlands from 1993 - 2010. He was professor at the Delft School of Design (DSD), University of Technology Delft, The Netherlands, and guest professor at the Universität der Künste Berlin (UDK), Germany, while at the same time pursuing a career as an international lecturer. His work as researcher, editor, writer and photographer has been widely published. In 1994 he published his first book, the encyclopaedic manifest “The Invisible in Architecture”. In 2011 his publication “Wiel Arets: Stills, A timeline of ideas, articles & interviews 1982 – 2010” was awarded Best Dutch Book Design. He has been the editor of several issues of the annual publication Architecture in the Netherlands, contributor as well as an advisor of magazine Archis (Volume), Hunch, Domus, Abitare and Lo-Res. As author and photographer he contributes to many other national and international publications. 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. Roemer van Toorn was born in 1960, Amsterdam. Van Toorn received the Master of Architecture degree (with honours) in 1992 from the Technical University Delft. See also http://www.roemervantoorn.nl.