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Minke Walda, MA


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Minke Walda is a PhD candidate in Architectural History at the Vrije Universiteit in Amsterdam. Her NWO-funded PhD research Keeping up appearances. Redesign and demolition in the urban network of Holland in the long eighteenth century (1670-1830) investigates the transformation and demolition of the private building stock in the Dutch long eighteenth century, focusing on a comparative analysis of the seven most important shrinking towns of the province of Holland: Leiden, Haarlem, Delft, Gouda, Hoorn, Enkhuizen and Alkmaar. By uncovering the spatial strategies governing urban decline developed by private-real estate owners, building contractors and town councils, the project re-investigates the 18thand early 19th-century shrinking city as a dynamic environment.


Minke Walda is trained as an architectural historian and heritage specialist at the Vrije Universiteit. Her research master thesis “Daar het amoveren van gebouwen in deze dagen zo algemeen is.’ The management of decline and demolition in Hoorn and Enkhuizen: a historical perspective (1650-1850)’ was awarded the KNOB incentive award for new research talent. Before starting her PhD-research she worked in the heritage field as an architectural historian at the cultural historical research office SteenhuisMeurs, the last three years in combination with a position as lecturer at the Vrije Universiteit. 



  • Academische Vaardigheden: Kunst en Cultuur (BA1)
  • Onderzoekswerkgroep Architectuur (BA3)


  • University Teaching Qualification (BKO)

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Education/Academic qualification

Visual Arts, Media and Architecture (research master), Master, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

Erfgoedstudies, Master, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

Kunstgeschiedenis, met specialisatie Architectuurgeschiedenis, Bachelor, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

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Architectural Historian Arts & Humanities
Architectural Heritage Arts & Humanities
Incentives Arts & Humanities
Historical Research Arts & Humanities
Architectural History Arts & Humanities
Real Estate Arts & Humanities
Heritage Arts & Humanities
Lecturers Arts & Humanities

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Research Output 2014 2018

  • 6 Chapter
  • 2 Article
  • 1 Book/Film/Article review

'De kroon van het hoofd geslagen'. Enkhuizen als krimpende stad in de lange achttiende eeuw (1680-1840)

Walda, M., Sep 2017, Steevast: Jaaruitgave van de Vereniging Oud Enkhuizen. 2017 ed. Enkhuizen, p. 6-18 13 p. (Steevast. Jaaruitgave Vereniging Oud Enkhuizen).

Research output: Chapter in Book / Report / Conference proceedingChapterPopular

Hoofdstukken 'Overtoomse Veld en Westlandgracht. Schakel tussen de oude en nieuwe stad' en 'Buitenveldert. Luxe woonwijk in het groen'

Walda, M., 2017, De nieuwe grachtengordel. : De realisatie van het Algemeen Uitbreidingsplan van Amsterdam. Steenhuis, M. (ed.). Bussum: Thoth

Research output: Chapter in Book / Report / Conference proceedingChapterProfessional

'Het vraagstuk van de huisvesting der bejaarden': Het archief als bron van reflectie

Walda, M. & Ellen Smit, 2016, Wonen zonder zorg(en): Van zorg met verblijf naar wonen met of zonder zorg. Graaff, P. (ed.). Veldacademie

Research output: Chapter in Book / Report / Conference proceedingChapterProfessional

Activities 2014 2018

  • 4 Lecture / Presentation
  • 2 Conference

European Architectural History Network Fifth International Meeting

Minke Walda (Participant)

Activity: Participating in or organising an eventConferenceAcademic

Urban Renewal and Resilience. Cities in comparative perspective

Minke Walda (Participant)

Activity: Participating in or organising an eventConferenceAcademic