Bruno De Meulder studied civil engineering-architecture at the Department of Architecture, KU Leuven (Belgium), where he also obtained his doctoral degree, and where today he teaches urbanism its history, theory and practice. His teaching takes place through urban design studios that he also cherishes in research and practice. He co-edits UFO: Explorations of Urbanism (Zurich, Park Books) and publishes regularly on issues of urbanism in the postindustrial and postcolonial era. He is currently working on an international oeuvre engaging with dispersed urbanism and what Dennis Cosgrove labeled promiscuous territories. He is program co-ordinator of MaHS and MaUSP.
Viviana d’Auria trained as an architect and urbanist at Roma Tre University (Italy) and pursued studies in Human Settlements at the KU Leuven (Belgium) where she also completed her doctoral inquiry. She has been NWO Rubicon fellow at the Department of Geography, Planning and International Development Studies of the University of Amsterdam and is currently Assistant Professor in International Urbanism at the Department of Architecture, KU Leuven. Exploring ‘practised’ architecture is an integral part of her research within a more general interest in the trans-cultural construction of cities and their contested spaces. She is co-editor of Water Urbanisms (2008) and Human Settlements: Formulations and (re)Calibrations (2010).
Hilde Heynen is a professor of architectural theory at the University of Leuven, Belgium. Her research focuses on issues of modernity, modernism and gender in architecture. She studied architecture and philosophy at the University of Leuven, where she also received her PhD. Hilde has been a J Paul Getty postdoctoral fellow, a research fellow at the Radcliffe Institute (Harvard University), and held visiting positions at MIT (Cambridge, Mass.), at the AA School (London), RMIT (Melbourne) and Harvard. She is author of Architecture and Modernity. A Critique (MIT Press, 1999) and co-editor of: Back from Utopia. The Challenge of the Modern Movement (with Hubert-Jan Henket, 010, 2001); Negotiating Domesticity. Spatial productions of gender in modern architecture (with Gulsum Baydar, Routledge, 2005); Handbook Architectural Theory (with Greig Crysler and Stephen Cairns; Sage, 2012).
Julie Marin trained as an architect at Ghent University and specialised in urban design at the GSAPP, Columbia University. Julie’s doctoral research by design focuses on the potential of transitioning geographies of waste and resources to (re) structure the diffused territory of Flanders. Before joining the KU Leuven in 2015, Julie worked as an architect and urban designer at Scape / Landscape Architecture in New York City and as an Associate in Architecture at the Urban Design Program of Columbia University.
Joris Scheers is professionally active as academic, consultant and civil servant in the field of urban development, spatial planning and public governance. He has been nominated UN-Habitat expert for the elaboration of International Planning Guidelines and is currently president of the European Council of Spatial Planners (ECTP-CEU).
Jan Schreurs is trained in architecture, urbanism and spatial planning. His research interests are grounded in the will to enhance the spatial qualities of man-made environments. His main focus is on public space, typology-morphology, future explorations, and design theory related to innovation by analysis and design, considering user involvement as a goal and as an instrument. He is currently involved as promotor-coordinator of the Policy Research Center on Spatial Planning (in Flanders).
Kelly Shannon is the current Programme Director of MaHS-MaUSP and an associate professor of Urbanism at the Department of Architecture, KU Leuven. Her design research is at the intersection of interpretative mapping, projective cartography, urbanism and landscape. Her teaching, research and practice engages numerous contexts primarily in the public sector, focused on the development of robust landscape structures as a form of resilience to deal with contemporary design challenges at the territorial and urban design scales. Kelly is co-editor of the book series UFO: Explorations of Urbanism (Park Books, Zurich) and has been editor of the Journal of Landscape Architecture (JoLA).
Jeroen Stevens is an architect and an urbanist, currently engaged in a doctoral research at the OSA Research Group on Urbanism and Architecture. His research seeks to catalyze the agency of insurgent cultural practices for the development of more inclusive urbanism discourses and practices. It is developed with the support of the Belgian Development Cooperation and carried out in close collaboration with social movements, cultural collectives, human rights associations and governmental institutions in São Paulo.
Erik Van Daele is trained in architecture, urbanism and spatial planning. In his research by design he explores the quality and role of open space structures in West-European dispersed cities. He is a consultant to the design office uapS with whom he works on urban projects such as the Isle de Nantes and on architectural projects such as a housing complex in Tours.
Pieter Van den Broeck is trained in architecture, urbanism and spatial planning. As a researcher, Pieter focuses on the social construction of planning instruments and systems, territorial development through social innovation and critical institutionalism. As a planning practitioner in the firm OMGEVING, he is involved in regional planning and sustainable urbanism projects.
Wim Wambecq is an architect and urbanist trained at KU Leuven and the IAUV. His relevant professional experiences were obtained through collaborations with WIT architects and Studio Associato Secchi-Vigano. He is currently engaged in doctoral research that explores therelation between forest and urbanisation within the field of Landscape Urbanism. As a designer his research-by-design approach has been applied ito different contexts, including collaboration with municipalities; urban design studios from the MaHS-MaUSP program; and in international design workshops.
Lieven De Cauter is a Belgian philosopher, art historian, writer and activist. He teaches philosophy of culture in the Department and Faculty of Architecture of KULeuven and RITS, school of arts. He published some dozen books: on contemporary art, experience and modernity, on Walter Benjamin and more recently on architecture, the city and politics. Besides this he published poems, philosophical columns, statements, pamphlets and opinion pieces in newspapers and on online. His latest books in English: The Capsular Civilization. On the City in the Age of Fear (2004); Heterotopia and the City. Public space in a Postcivil Society (2008), co-edited with Michiel Dehaene, Art and Activism in the Age of Globalization, co-edited with Karel Vanhaesebrouck and Ruben De Roo (2011), and Entropic Empire. On the City of Man in the Age of Disaster (2012). He lives and works in Brussels.
Bruno Notteboom studied civil engineering-architecture at Ghent University and urban planning at KULeuven and he obtained his doctoral degree in urban and regional planning at the Department of Architecture & Urban Planning Ghent University in 2009. He was an assistant professor at Ghent University and the University of Antwerp, and a visiting scholar UC Berkeley before joining the Department of Architecture of KULeuven as Associate Professor in Urban and Rural Landscapes in 2017. Notteboom’s current research focuses on landscape design in a context of urbanization and shifting disciplinary alignments, from a historical and a contemporary perspective. He is an editor of OASE. Journal for Architecture and Journal of Landscape Architecture.
Eliana Rosa de Queiroz Barbosa is a Brazilian architect and urbanist, Masters in Modern and Contemporary Urbanism, Masters Cum laude in Human Settlements and Ph.D. on Contemporary Urbanism and Urban Projects from FAU Mackenzie and K.U.Leuven - OSA (2016). She worked as a designer, urban planning consultant, urban development specialist, as a lecturer and assistance professor at Mackenzie University, Nove de Julho University, FIAAM-FAAM and Paulista University in Sao Paulo (Brazil). Apart from participating as a voluntary researcher at Mackenzie University since 2005, focusing on the processes of verticalization of Brazilian cities and contemporary urban projects, she has coordinated a comparative research of four Southern cities, Sao Paulo, Jakarta, Hanoi and Belo Horizonte, on their urban form and process of urbanization, published and financed by the Global Development Network and the Interamerican Development Bank (2013). She is now a Research Associate at K.U.Leuven and ICP Coordinator for the Cultures and Development Studies (CADES) and Human Settlements (MaHS) Advanced Masters programs.
Racha Daher trained as an architect at the College of Architecture, Art, and Design at A.U.S, and earned a post-professional masters degree in urban design from GSAPP, Columbia University. She has worked in professional practice in Brussels, New York City, and Dubai, leading the urban design of projects of multiple scale for public and private sector clients. She has extensive concept design, public space design, and strategic planning experience. Interested in the catalytic power of public space in the city, she co-founded Hive Public Space, an NYC-based urban design startup that focuses on urban transformation through public space (re)development.
She teaches urban design studio based on systemic ecological design-thinking, and is undergoing a PhD on designing for inclusion in an age of movement and migration, exploring mobile social ecologies and their spatial manifestations. Her action-based research (by design) looks to the North Quarter of Brussels as the experimental scale.
Annelies De Nijs is trained as an architect-engineer at KULeuven, where she also completed her studies with MaHS and MaUSP degrees. After conducting some years of research by design at the OSA Research Group on Urbanism and Architecture with a focus on Vietnam and Zanzibar, Annelies joined the Landscape Urbanism office Agence Ter in Paris. She works mostly on territorial approaches and strategic design investigations at the edge between landscape development and urban growth. She combines this office work with design studio teaching at KULeuven.
Seppe De Blust is trained in sociology and spatial planning. After working between politics and policy, he co-founded ndvr office & fund. Ndvr is a social enterprise that puts to use spatial and social expertise to increase the positive social impact of spatial projects. Seppe's doctoral research focuses on the changing position of urban planning in neighborhood redevelopment.
Stefanie Dens has a background in civil engineering-architecture and urban projects. She pursues an architectural design and urbanistic practice that are rooted in socio-cultural, economical, spatial and territorial explorations. Stefanie believes in the power and beauty of a well-crafted design. She has worked for Architecten De Vylder, Vinck Tailleu, WIT Architecten and Studio Anna Heringer.
Guido Geenen graduated as an engineer architect at the University of Leuven, where he is now associate professor in charge of the architectural design within the master option urban project. He is part of the research group L/A/P, and has been working in close collaboration with the Research Group Urbanism and Architecture (OSA). He is founding co-partner of WIT architects – an office that prefers to work on the in-between scale of the urban project: urban architecture and/or architectural urbanism.
Yuri Gerrits is trained as an architect and an urban designer at the KU Leuven and at the Bartlett School of Graduate studies, UCLondon. Yuri has been active in both urban design (Olympic Village London 2012, Riga New Urban Centre, Antwerp Quays, ... ) and architecture projects (Province House Leuven, Therapy Tower Pellenberg, ... ). He is a partner at WIT Architecten and a member of GECORO, the Spatial Planning Advisory Committee of Leuven. Before his involvement in Belgium, Yuri worked at FPA London and was involved in teaching at the Bartlett School of Graduate studies, UCLondon.
Jeanne Mosseray trained as an anthropologist at UCLouvain, where she devoted her research on immigration and European cities. She pursued studies in Urbanism and Strategic Planning at the KU Leuven. She currently practices as an “urbanist-anthropologist” by combining socio-eco-ethnic research and urban design. Her main focus of research and action are social housing neighborhoods and their residents' inclusion in the city through urbanism.
Matteo Motti is an architect and urban designer. His doctoral research at the Politecnico di Milano explores contemporary patterns of urbanization in Europe trough the lens of infrastructure. This research aims to reveal and consider hidden geographies of wasted and wasteful infrastructures as available “resources” for the upgrading and recycling of those territories. Since 2009 Matteo collaborates with the Privileggio-Secchi office whose work is at the boundaries of architecture, landscape and urbanism.