The readership’s objective is to develop design research and reinforce the knowledge base of teaching design at Design Academy Eindhoven (DAE). The readership’s central focus is on the development, planning and design of spaces in city and countryside.

Reader (lector): dr. David Hamers.

Design education

The readership in City and Countryside aims to introduce knowledge from spatial research (findings, theory, concepts, methods, backgrounds, et cetera) in design education. Such knowledge will help designers to position themselves:

  • in the social context in which they operate;
  • in the context of spatial planning, development and design;
  • in the context of policy making.

The readership’s contribution to design education focuses on the curriculum of DAE’s Public Private department. This department focuses on the design of public, parochial and private spaces and domains. The readership’s teaching program aims to offer insights into a range of concepts, skills and methods, including:

  •  concepts of spatial planning;
  •  design traditions;
  •  current planning and design challenges;
  •  the representation of spaces, places, and connections;
  •  the relationship between town and country, public and private, and interiors and exteriors;
  •  the relationships between the various disciplines in spatial research and design;
  •  research skills that can be used in the design process (research for design);
  •  design skills that can contribute to (design) research (research through design).

David Hamers’ activities include giving lectures and workshops, inviting guest teachers, organising field trips and supervising Public Private graduate students. Hamers’ DAE-wide contribution to teaching includes giving lectures open to students from all departments.

Design research

The readership aims to develop design research at DAE. The central approach is so-called thinking-through-making. Within DAE David Hamers works together with Bas Raijmakers (reader in Strategic Creativity) to shape the development of design research.

Outside DAE David Hamers works with a variety of external academic and non-academic partners to conduct design research. Currently, the readership is a partner in the TRADERS project.


TRADERS - Short for ‘Training art and design researchers in participation for public space’ – is a European FP7/Marie Curie Multi-ITN project focusing on developing and testing a methodological framework on which art and design (A&D) researchers can rely when working on public space projects in participatory ways.

Art and design researchers can contribute in interesting ways to engaging citizens, policy makers, private partners and other participants to participate in public space (issues). The methods of doing so are, however, underexplored. Therefore, TRADERS researches the ways in which art and design researchers can ‘trade’ or exchange with multiple participants and disciplines in public space projects and – at the same time – trains them in doing so.

At DAE David Hamers supervises the design research of Naomi Bueno de Mesquita. Her subject/approach in the TRADERS project is multiple performative mapping.


David Hamers’ biography in a nutshell
Dr. David Hamers is a spatial researcher.
He was trained as a cultural theorist and economist.
In 2003, he obtained his doctorate at Maastricht University’s department of Philosophy, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences with a research into representations of the American suburb. Since then, Hamers has been working as a researcher in the field of urbanisation. He is a senior researcher for Urban Areas at PBL Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency (Planbureau voor de Leefomgeving) in The Hague.
His publications mainly deal with the development, design, and use of space within and around the city. In addition to his work as a researcher, Hamers works with spatial designers and artists. Since 2009 he has been a reader (lector) for City and Countryside at Design Academy Eindhoven’s department of Man and Public Space.