Tom Avermaete is professor of architecture at the Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment of Delft University of Technology (TU Delft, the Netherlands) and holds a special research interest in the public realm and the architecture of the city in Western and non-Western contexts. In recent years he has been focussing his investigations on the way that professionals in the fields of architecture and urbanism have been main actors in the articulation of notions of welfare and modernity.

Avermaete is the author of Another Modern: the Post-War Architecture and Urbanism of Candilis-Josic-Woods (2005) and of Casablanca -Chandigarh: Reports on Modernity (with Casciato, Park Books, May 2014). He is an editor of Architectural Positions (with Havik and Teerds, 2009), Colonial Modern (with von Osten and Karakayali, 2010), Structuralism Reloaded (with Vrachliotis, 2011) and Architecture of the Welfare State (with Swenarton and Van den Heuvel, Routledge, June 2014).

Tom Avermaete is a member of the editorial board of the peer-reviewed journals OASE Architectural Journal and the Journal of Architectural Education (JAE). Avermaete is the initiator of several exhibitions, amongst others Wonen in Welvaart/ Dwelling in Welfare (Antwerp, Belgium, 2006). Together with Maristella Casciato he curated the exhibition How architects, experts, politicians, international agencies and citizens negotiate modern planning: Casablanca Chandigarh (CCA, Montreal, Canada, 2013-2014).