Professor Dirk J. de Vries has been appointed Professor for two days a week in the History of Building in Leiden, during the other three days he works as a coordinator of Building History at the National Division for the Preservation of Monuments and Historical Buildings in Zeist. He had a technical education (MTS Mechanical Engineering and HTS Architecture in Zwolle) and studied History of Art (Utrecht University). His dissertation: ‘Building in the Middle Ages. Urban Architecture in the former area of Over- and Nedersticht’ (1994) is, however, based predominantly on archive research. He learned to apply the subject of Building History by studying the preservation of historic monuments as practised by such eminent predecessors as H. Janse, G. Berends and R. Meischke. The Vries is editor-in-chief of the KNOB Bulletin (Royal Netherlands Archaeological Federation), vice-chairman of the Arbeitskreis für Hausforschung, board member and fellow-founder of the Society for Building History in the Netherlands.
Professor in the History of Building, Faculty of Archaeology, Leiden University