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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. Renovation 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. From 2012 to 2017 she worked 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. 



  • University Teaching Qualification (BKO)

Ancillary activities

  • Adviescommissie Cultuurhistorie Leiden | Leiden | Lid | 2020-04-24 - present
  • Adviescommissie Ruimtelijke Ontwikkeling Provincie Noord-Holland | Haarlem | Lid | 2022-04-01 - present

Ancillary activities are updated daily

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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