Dirk van den Heuvel is an Associate Professor at TU Delft with the chair of Architectural Design and Dwelling. He is the co-founder and head of the Jaap Bakema Study Centre at Het Nieuwe Instituut in Rotterdam, the joint research intiative between TU Delft and Het Nieuwe Instituut.
His research is situated at the intersections of architecture, welfare state planning and modernity. His expertise is in the field of post-war modern architecture and planning, while his dissertation 'A Brutalist Story' investigated the work of the British architects Alison and Peter Smithson and their ideas on the city, housing and everyday culture.
Van den Heuvel received a Richard Rogers Fellowship from Harvard University in 2017. He was curator of the Dutch national pavilion for the 14th International Architecture Exhibition at the Bienale di Venezia in 2014 'Fundamentals'.
His publications include the books: Jaap Bakema and the Open Society (Archis 2018), Architecture and the Welfare State (Routledge 2015, with M. Swenarton and T. Avermaete),Team 10. In Search of a Utopia of the Present 1953-1981 (NAi Publishers 2005, with M. Risselada), Alison and Peter Smithson. From the House of the Future to a House of Today (010 Publishers 2004, with M. Risselada). Together with Madeleine Steigenga and Jaap van Triest he authored Lessons: Tupker / Risselada. A Double Portrait of Dutch Architectural Education (SUN Publishers 2003).
He is an editor of the publication series DASH. Delft Architectural Studies on Housing (nai010publishers) as well as of the online journal for architectural theory Footprint (open access, Jap Sam Books). He is an editorial board member of VLC Arquitectura (open access, Universitat Politécnica de Valéncia). He was also an editor of the Dutch journal for architecture Oase.