Martijn van Beek (PhD, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, 2021) is Assistant Professor of Architectural History at Utrecht University. He teaches the history and theory of architecture, urban planning and garden and landscape architecture. His interdisciplinary research focuses on the function of architecture as the bearer of a wide range of ideas and as a means of anchoring, implementing and driving innovation. His approach is not limited to the built environment, but also includes the study of the design process and conceptualisation of architecture. His research is closely related to and looks for common ground with the history of science, the history of ideas and art history.