Dr AFW Bosman (b. 1956) has been appointed professor of History of architecture at the Faculty of Humanities of the Universiteit van Amsterdam (UvA).
It has been evident for quite some time now that architecture is more than just the demarcation of space, and from this it follows that it is essential to investigate the specific characteristics of buildings and blocks of urban development. The diverse range of meanings which architecture can possess fascinates Lex Bosman. For him, important areas of special attention are research on the use of architectural concepts in the architecture of the Middle Ages and the Renaissance, and research on the reuse of materials in older architecture. The historical context of architecture is an essential element in Dr Bosman’s research and teaching.
By studying the whole process of planning, design and realisation of architecture, many other important components of this process come up such as architectural drawings and the collaboration between patron and architect. Because of the changes in these processes it is fascinating to compare buildings and designs from different periods. For Dr Bosman, the churches in Rome in the Middle Ages in particular will be the subject of research, as will be the role of architectural models and drawings in the process of planning and realisation, especially with respect to their interrelationship.
Dr Bosman has been associate professor in architectural history at Utrecht University since 1992. Before that, he was lecturer in architectural history and medieval art history. At the same university he is, among other things, member of the programme committees of Art History and Medieval Studies and president of the board of the Utrecht Center for Medieval Studies. He has also been a member of the faculty board. From 1983 till 1986 he worked as lecturer in art history at the Academie van Bouwkunst in Arnhem. Dr Bosman is a member of the editorial board of Fragmenta. Mededelingen van het Koninklijk Nederlands Instituut Rome as well as member of the programme committee of the Dutch Postgraduate School for Art History. He has been a fellow of the Royal Netherlands Institute Rome for the benefit of his research project on the use of spolia in architecture in Rome.