Cathelijne Nuijsink
Curriculum vitae

Cathelijne Nuijsink studied architecture at Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands (BSc, MSc) and the University of Tokyo, Japan (MSc) before embarking on a PhD in East Asian Languages & Civilizations at the University of Pennsylvania, USA (MA, 2013; PhD, 2017). Her PhD thesis, “What Is a House? Architects Redesigning the Domestic Sphere in Contemporary Japan, 1995–2011,” investigates the recent history of the single-family house in Japan as a product of intense theoretical examination and architectural experimentation. It reconstructs a rich, continuously evolving discourse among Japanese architects from the Second World War to the present against a background of social, historical, and economic changes to demonstrate how “house” and “home” were continuously redefined over several decades.

Among her academic activities, Nuijsink has curated the exhibition “Rethinking Domesticity: Three Clients and Three Architects” at Shibaura House, Japan (2013); guest lectured at Harvard GSD, University of Antwerpen and Het Nieuwe Instituut; and presented papers at SAH and EAHN conferences, among other venues. She is editor of the architecture concept series “Architecture Monogram” and is working on a research monograph, entitled “Another Historiography: The Shinkenchiku Residential Design Competition, 1965-2019” (forthcoming).

Currently, Nuijsink is a Marie Skłodowska-Curie Fellow at the Institute for the History and Theory of Architecture (gta) at ETH Zurich under the supervision of Prof. Tom Avermaete, where she is developing an analytical methodology that aims to revise the existing architectural history canon using cross-cultural perspectives.