Whatever Happened to Projective Architecture? Rethinking the Expertise of the Architect


  • Lara Schrijver




This review article takes the discussion of ‘projective’ architecture as its starting point, and proposes that this recent debate may still be worthwhile to rethink the relationship between practice and theory in architecture. The spirit of ‘projective’ architecture suggests that we rethink how architecture ‘works’. This would entail understanding the reconfigured relation between political/societal and aesthetic/cultural engagement. Drawing from the ideas in the American debate on the ‘projective’ and the recent work of Richard Sennett on ‘craft’, this article puts forward the position that the notion of the ‘projective’ can extend the insights of critical theory towards a more fruitful dialogue with the everyday practice of architecture.

Author Biography

Lara Schrijver

Lara Schrijver holds degrees in architecture from Princeton University and the Technical University in Delft, and a PhD from the Technical University of Eindhoven. As an assistant professor at the TU Delft, she is one of three program leaders for the research program ‘The Architectural Project and its Foundations’. She was an editor with OASE for ten years. Her first book, Radical Games, on the architecture debate of the 1960s and its influence on contemporary discourse, is forthcoming in 2009.