Departement Architectuur

Architecture and Design

The aim of the Division Architecture and Design at the Department of Architecture is to understand and foster design as a way of knowing and means of knowledge production, within the context of scientific research, university education, and the professional practice of architecture and urbanism. Our research comprises a dialectic process of analytical investigation and operational synthesis, with a focus on creativity as a catalyst for innovation and foresight.

The division consists of a multidisciplinary team that all study, teach and/or practice design and/or use it as a way to undertake scientific research, with members of different backgrounds who join forces on a variety of design-related topics, such as research by design, research on design (design science), design didactics, design tools (computational design) and people who design (designing). The application domains of this division range from urban design and architectural design, over inclusive design (e.g. architectural design and disability), to interaction design (e.g. human-computer interaction).

Learning/Architecture/Practice (L/A/P) connects research to building practice and design education in the educational program Engineering Sciences: Architecture.
Prof. Karel Vandenhende (Faculty of Engineering Science), Prof. Goedele Desmet (Faculty of Engineering Science), Prof. Guido Geenen (Faculty of Engineering Science), Prof. Mauro Poponcini (Faculty of Engineering Science)

Radical Materiality: This research group aims to radically question the agency of matter and materiality from an architectural perspective. By putting materiality central, we envision to substantiate a recurrent fascination for matter as an active agent in the design process and for how matter and the process of generating ideas and artefacts in-form one another. A shared interest in a monistic approach toward experience that blurs the so called dualistic body-mind gap into a continuity between the body and the mind, triggers a series of project based explorations of the repercussion that this materialistic approach might have on the processes involved in perceiving, thinking and making architectural constructs. These constructs enable encounters with the capacity of architecture to negotiate between affecting and being affected, thinking and being thought and in-forming and being in-formed. From this 'material' perspective the research platform investigates the actual knowledging potential of design thinking and acting, which we refer to as poetic knowledge building in architecture. The main partner for the RadMat researchplatform is the Arts. We build here on a longstanding structural link between arts and architecture that is so typical for our department (Sint-Lucas). Two main lines of inquiry that focus on mechanisms for mediating knowledge in architecture are currently being developed. The first mechanism frames CURATING as a specific type of rhizomatic thinking. By implementing curating, as the bringing together of artefacts in a spatially strategic manner, this line of inquiry aims at creating new meaning and generating knowledge that can be implemented in theory building through design thinking. The second mechanism, POETICALLY MEASURING things, explores ways to extend the ‘absolute (disembodied) Cartesian measuring' oriented to extensities (based on 'evidencing') towards a ‘relative (embodied) poetic measuring' oriented to intensities (based on 'encountering').
Dr. Nel Janssens (Faculty of Architecture), Dr. Arnaud Hendrickx (Faculty of Architecture), Dr. Jo Van Den Berghe (Faculty of Architecture)

Research by Design: The group is one of the oldest and biggest Research by Design groups in Europe. The group builds expertise around RbD projects in which the architectural design process forms the pathway through which new insights, knowledge, practices or products come into being. Hence, it generates critical inquiry through design work. The group also extends activities into artistic research. More recently, the group includes creative practice research projects which are directly embedded in creative practice (art, design, architecture, landscape, etc.). The group is the coordinator of the ADAPT-r project.
Prof. Johan Verbeke (Faculty of Architecture), Dr. Harold Fallon (Faculty of Architecture), Dr. Arnaud Hendrickx (Faculty of Architecture), Dr. Thierry Lagrange (Faculty of Architecture), Dr. Jo Van Den Berghe (Faculty of Architecture), Dr. Dimitri Vangrunderbeek (Faculty of Architecture)

Research[x]Design (RxD): The 'x' within RxD symbolizes the wide variety of interactions between scientific research and design, as we focus on research 'about' design, 'through' design or 'for' design. By combining our cross-discplinary expertise in technology, spatial experience and creative design, we adopt a design-oriented research methodology to make architecture and public space smarter, more inclusive, and more engaging. As a result, our research impacts the fields of inclusive design, architecture and care, design education, smart cities, data visualization, human-computer interaction and digital fabrication.
Prof. Ann Heylighen (Faculty of Engineering Science), Prof. Andrew Vande Moere (Faculty of Engineering Science)

Urban Projects, Collective Spaces and Local Identities includes research and design expertise at an architectural, urban and regional scale and consists out of various research projects on a pre-doctoral, doctoral and postdoctoral level in an international context. It aims at studying and developing urban projects in an international & national context, part of different cultures and social networks. The research consists out of systematic and comparative analysis of existing neighborhoods, streetscapes, public spaces, urban landscapes or complex buildings in different locations. The intermediate scale, that is the scale between the architectural and the urbanistic intervention, defines the design and research domain. It includes multiple approaches from different disciplinary fields and considers research and design simultaneous and integrated processes of developing urban projects. The platform consists of a group of designers and researchers with international expertise in making architecture at an urban scale: instead of having a programmatic or formal approach, this group focuses on the qualities or potentials of the urban landscape, taking into account the socio-cultural impact of an intervention. Lines that are developed are: 'streetscape territories', 'hybrid spaces as open signifiers', 'urban project’, ‘collective spaces and heritage', ‘heritage and local identities’.
Prof. Kris Scheerlinck (Faculty of Architecture), Prof. Yves Schoonjans (Faculty of Architecture), Dr. Erik Van Daele (Faculty of Architecture), Dr. Burak Pak (Faculty of Architecture)

Urbanism and Architecture (OSA): The research group OSA Urbanism & Architecture intertwines two distinct but connected definitions of urbanism: urbanism as the act of intervening in the city and urbanism as science of the city. In the first, the discipline defines the intervention in, and the future development of the city- to begin with through design. The latter, the science of the city, refers to the accumulation of knowledge that is necessary - or at least useful - to evaluate, monitor and design policies, programs and plans for the (re) development and management of the city.
Prof. Bruno De Meulder (Faculty of Engineering Science), Prof. Kelly Shannon (Faculty of Engineering Science), Prof. Viviana d'Auria (Faculty of Engineering Science)