Professor for Architectural Theory
Bart Lootsma (Amsterdam, 1957) is a historian, critic and curator in the fields of architecture, design and the visual arts. He is a former Dean and Professor for Architectural Theory at the Faculty of Architecture at the University of Innsbruck. He was also Guest Professor for Architecture, European Urbanity and Globalization at the University of Luxemburg; Head of Scientific Research at the ETH Zürich, Studio Basel; a Visiting Professor at the Academy of Visual Arts in Vienna; at the Academy of Visual Arts in Nurnberg; at the University of Applied Arts in Vienna; at the Berlage Institute in Rotterdam and Head of the Department of 3D-Design of the Academy of Arts in Arnhem. He held numerous seminars and lectured at different academies for architecture and art in the Netherlands.
Bart Lootsma was guest curator of among others ArchiLab 2004 in Orléans and curated the 2016 Montenegrin Pavilion at the Venice Biennale. Currently he curates an exhibition on the Austrian Avantgarde of the nineteen sixties and seventies at the Design Museum Den Bosch.
He was an editor of among others Forum, de Architect, ARCHIS, ARCH+, l’Architecture d’Aujourd’hui, Daidalos, DOMUS, GAM and L’Industria delle Costruzioni. Bart Lootsma published numerous articles in magazines and books. Together with Dick Rijken he published the book ‚Media and Architecture’ (VPRO/Berlage Institute, 1998). ‘SuperDutch’, on contemporary architecture in the Netherlands, was published by Thames & Hudson, Princeton Architectural Press, DVA and SUN in the year 2000; ‘ArchiLab 2004 The Naked City’ by HYX in Orléans in 2004; and ‘Reality Bytes, Selected Essays 1995-2015, was published by Birkhäuser in 2016. ‘Italian Collage’, edited together with Davide Tommaso Ferrando and Kanokwan Trakulyingcharoen, is published by LetteraVentidue in 2020.
Bart Lootsma was and is a member of several governmental, semi-governmental and municipal committees in different countries, such as the Amenities Committee in Arnhem, the Rotterdam Arts Council, the Dutch Fund for Arts, Design and Architecture, Crown Member of the Dutch Culture Council, Member of the Expert Committee 11. International Architecture Biennale, Venice 2008, at the German Ministry for Building and Planning as well as reserve-member of the Council for Architectural Culture at the Cabinet of the Austrian Prime Minister in Vienna. Currently, Bart Lootsma is a board member of Europan Austria and at the IBA Vienna 2016-2022.