Oana Bogdan, RO
architect, founding & managing partner
True to her continuous activism for a high-quality Baukultur, Oana Bogdan anchors the work of BOGDAN & VAN BROECK in the ongoing public debate and questions the traditional role of the architect. She is a member of the executive board of A+ Architecture in Belgium, president of the “Good Living” expert committee for a new Regional Planning Regulation in Brussels and of the Rotterdam Architecture Prize 2021 Jury, Ambassador of Wiki Women Design and Women in Architecture in Belgium. Furthermore, Oana was guest tutor at KU Leuven, member of the Flemish Culture Prize 2007 Jury and the Ultimas 2020 – Flemish Culture Awards, the Advisory Committee for Architecture and Design of the Flemish Government, the Royal Committee for Monuments and Landscapes of the Flemish Region, and of the Unesco Experts Committee for the City of Bruges, and Secretary of State for cultural heritage in Romania.
Leo Van Broeck, BE
prof. engineer architect, founding partner
A great advocate for an attractive, dense and highly qualitative urban space, Leo Van Broeck is actively contributing to raising awareness on biodiversity, climate and land-use beyond the world of architecture. He is professor in Architectural Design at KU Leuven University, member of the Club of Rome (Chapter EU), member of the board of the Sonian Forest Foundation and of the Scientific & Technical Committee for the Belgian Coastline. Furthermore, Leo was the founder and president of the association City & Architecture in Belgium, member of the Advisory Committee for Art in the Public Space and of the Urban Design Committee of Leuven, president of the Federation of Belgian Architectural Associations, Flemish Government Architect (Vlaams Bouwmeester) and coordinator of the multidisciplinary Expert Panel aiming at strengthening environmental policies upon request from the Belgian Youth for Climate movement.
Tom Boogaerts, BE
architect, executive director
Tom graduated from the Sint-Lucas Hogeschool in Brussels and collaborated for two years with Europan 6-winners UR architects prior to joining our office in 2010. His background is comprised of an amalgam of architecture, urbanism, landscape and design research, with a strong focus on social relevance enabling him to navigate between studies, design assignments and execution. Together with other experts, Tom coordinated our research project “Urbanity Task Force”. Next to his dedicated design and management of operations up to 30.000m², such as Den Travoo or the Campus Unesco Koekelberg, Tom’s in-depth knowledge of the architectural world supports our team on the related technical, legal and financial frameworks.
Emilie Bechet, BE
architect & urban designer
Trained as an architect at Saint-Luc Brussels, Emilie also completed with the highest distinction the Master in ‘Housing and Urbanism’ at the Architectural Association in London where she reflected upon the conditions of urbanism and developed a strong typological reasoning. Part of our team since 2014, Emilie exploits this ability to cross scales and research by design. She manages various projects from strategic local realisations such as Truss to tactical urban developments up to 450 housing units. Emilie’s involvement in the academic field within the Department of Architecture of UC Louvain constitutes a laboratory of experiences which complements her in-depth knowledge and supports the spatial awareness of our projects.
Loïc Croegaert, BE
Loïc studied architecture at Sint-Lucas Ghent (associated with KU Leuven) after an Erasmus exchange program at the Istanbul Technical University. He expanded the scope of his expertise by working on large scale urban plans with COBE Berlin in Germany, and on small scale residential housing projects with IO-architecten in Belgium – of which several were nominated for the ‘Stadsprijs voor renovatie, invulbouw en nieuwbouw’ including one on his own name. Since he joined our team in 2015, Loïc uses his expertise and sensitivity to grasp the challenges of the various stages and scales of our projects, from the development of feasibility studies to design and execution of projects up to 100.000m² such as Campus Unesco Koekelberg and Citygate II.
Sarah Poot, BE
Sarah embodies our international and multidisciplinary mindset. She studied in France and Sweden, graduated as the laureate of the International Master of Architecture of the KU Leuven campus Brussels, and was shortlisted finalist of Europan 14. Collaborations with Taktyk and Atelier Matador allowed her to sharpen a multifaceted background spanning over architecture, landscape, urban design and social endeavours. Prior to joining our team in 2015, Sarah collaborated with us on the Land-use Series, a recurrent concern in her body of work. She designs and coordinates complex projects such as Bijgaardehof, The Cosmopolitan or NovaCity, with a logical yet sensitive mind and a practical approach to problem solving. Her constant strive for quality inspires our team and partners, behind – and beyond – the scenes.
Felix Ballauf, DE
architect & historian
Besides being trained as an architect at the Bauhaus-University in Weimar, Felix holds a degree in architectural history from the Bartlett, London. Next to previous professional experiences including academic teaching, he has been publishing his awarded work on architectural history and theory since 2013. Since he joined our team in 2016, Felix broadens the scope of our designs, by enfolding them in a rigorous body of references reflecting about time, space and aesthetics. As our BIM manager, Felix makes sure that these timeless dimensions are embedded in our projects through the most recent technologies of the building sector and implements his analytical expertise in complex projects such as Calevoet and Rabelais.
Marta Pawlowska-Deib, PL
Marta graduated with a Master in Architecture and Urban Design at the Silesian University of Technology in Poland. Her academic body of work and previous professional experiences in the Netherlands have allowed her to deepen a technical yet sensitive approach to urban design, where territorial water structures overlap with the consolidation of public spaces. Since she joined our team in 2016, her derived understanding of how spatial parameters affect the construction of societies allowed her to empower local communities through design: for instance with the adaptive reuse of parish churches in Flanders, or the implementation of the collective ambitions of the 58 households and the local healthcare centre of our project Bijgaardehof.
Laura Janssens, BE
Laura completed her Master of Engineering: Architecture at the KU Leuven, with an intensive research standing against the homogenisation caused by rapid urban developments in São Paulo, in collaboration with the Universidade Presbiteriana Mackenzie. During her three years collaboration with AgwA, Laura has been sharpening her technical expertise by coordinating the design and execution of public projects all the way to completion. Within our team since 2016, she operates in our design process from the earliest stages to execution of large-scale projects, such as NovaCity, combining 63 housing units with productive spaces in Anderlecht or Oostkamp, a densification project next to Bruges.
William Riche, BE
William obtained his Master of Architecture from the KU Leuven at the end of a two-years International Master with a strong focus on Urban Cultures. Driven by social awareness, William has been pursuing participatory trajectories by co-founding CURIOSITA, a transdisciplinary platform for the exploration of urban practices and was shortlisted finalist of Europan 14. At 51N4E, he has been exploring a wide variety of scales, programmes and stages, sharpening his sensitivity for people through context and material. In our team since 2017, William is exploiting this expertise to coordinate the collective ambitions of 58 households and a local healthcare centre in Bijgaardehof as well as to design productive cities through other large-scale mixed-use projects.
Ken Vervaet, BE
Ken completed his Master of Engineering: Architecture at the KU Leuven, with an intensive fieldwork research on how social movements contribute to inclusive city making in São Paulo, in collaboration with the Centro Universitário Belas Artes. In close contact with local actors, he explored and deepened his understanding of how considerate spatial interventions – in opposition to tabula rasa – can structure and consolidate communities at all scales. Since 2017, his precise reading of urban fabrics and critical understanding of society allow him to translate our office’s vision by engaging in challenging densification projects, such as the design of a hundred housing units and mixed functions within an inner block in the centre of Sint-Truiden.
Erik Vandenpoel, BE
Erik obtained his Master of Engineering: Architecture from the KU Leuven with an in-depth interdisciplinary research on how Soviet “microraion” principles and socialist housing ideals conflict with local living cultures, economical changes and massive urban growth in Vietnam. This ability to bridge different disciplines is also reflected in his attention to technical detailing and follow up of execution phases, such as for the complex public projects ‘Therapietoren’ in Pellenberg, and the ‘Academie voor muziek, woord en dans’ in Deinze that he coordinated for WIT architecten. Within our team since 2018, Erik focuses on the challenging transformation of an old factory into a low-energy co-housing project in Bijgaardehof in Ghent.
Bastien Lauwers, BE
cultural expert, office manager
Bastien has an interdisciplinary background in the cultural and creative industry. After an Erasmus program in Dublin, he obtained a Master in Philosophy and in Cultural Studies at KU Leuven and a Master in Cultural Management at the University of Antwerp. With the Bookmine research & development project he developed for the City of Antwerp, he conducted a city-wide library experiment aiming at connecting readers through an innovative digital peer-to-peer platform. Co-founder of the non-profit organization Ongehoord, he offers innovating musicians a stage at atypical locations in Mechelen. As our office manager since 2018, Bastien’s cultural, operational and financial expertise supports our team and projects on a daily basis.
Andriy Bruyninckx, BE
Andriy completed his Master of Engineering: Architecture at the KU Leuven – under the guidance of Leo Van Broeck – with an in-depth research on urban sprawl patterns and nodal mobility in Flanders. During 3 years at Studio Thys Vermeulen, he coordinated diverse projects: from an extensive feasibility study on the exemplary adaptive reuse of 12 parish churches all across Flanders to the design of 108 social housing units in Geel. In our team since 2019, Andriy’s interest in cutting edge technologies, sense of material, and eye for composition supports our design process through visual representation. He is currently involved in multiple projects, included the development of a large scale mixed-use project within an inner block in the center of Sint-Truiden.
Andreea Rădulescu, RO
Andreea completed her Master of Architecture in Bucharest including a year long Erasmus exchange in Madrid. Her internship at Henning Larsen in Germany and a first post-graduate position at the award-winning Bucharest-based architecture studio STARH allowed her to develop her meticulous sense of detail. She relocated in Belgium in 2018 and sharpened her critical mindset with DierendonckBlancke architecten and TRANS architectuur stedenbouw. In our team since 2020, Andreea’s interest in collections and memories of any kind insuflates creative and poetic solutions in the development of our projects at all stages.
Hanna Smulczyńska, PL
Hanna obtained her Master in Architecture at the Poznan University of Technology, with an in-depth research on the ecological impact of urban design, architecture and green public spaces in the city. She also holds a Bachelor’s degree in landscape architecture from the Poznan University of Life Science. In parallel with her studies she gained two years of experience at the PLANINO Architekci in Poznan, which she reinforced with an internship at U/Define in Bruges after graduation. Driven by values such as improving the quality of our (living) environment through a better sharing of space between humans and nature, Hanna’s skills and eagerness to master the BIM technologies anchors our projects in an intense co-creation process since she joined our team in 2021.
Batiste Museo, FR
Batiste completed his Master in Architecture at the ENSA Grenoble by questioning the meaning of the “act of building” in contemporary social contexts. During his exchange year at the TU München he developed a fascination for the notions of atmosphere and poetry of space. He pursued these interests as a junior designer at Atelier MaDe, INCA in Grenoble and Framework Studio in Paris whilst developing another approach to the notion of aesthetics and intimacy of spaces along with a sharp interest in construction details, their finishes and the understanding of the material. Eager to constantly experiment in the field of art, it is with the same sensitivity, his drive to learn and his communicative energy that he joined our team in 2021.
Aaron Swartjes, BE
Aaron graduated as the laureate from the International Master of KULeuven campus Sint-Lucas Brussel. His master dissertation unfolded an architectural strategy for community empowerment and self-managed regeneration of a deteriorating neighbourhood in Havana, Cuba. Internships in Belgium and Ecuador allowed him to position concepts in a regional and international framework embedded in a deep understanding of the local reality and social aspects of the relevant community. Prior to joining the team in 2021, Aaron focussed on projects redefining urban economy, culture in the city and collective living with TRANS. Aaron thrives when given the opportunity to enhance the value of collective space and social relevance of our projects.
Julia van de Graaf, BE
Julia’s Master in Architecture at the Federal Polytechnical School of Lausanne strongly focused on the urban social context. Collaborative research allowed her to experiment with spatial architectural mechanisms that have the potential to become social catalysts, such as the project «Four banal», an urban installation that requalifies public space and fosters encounters around food sharing. During her 2 years of collaboration at the Architecture and Scenography Studio YKRA in Geneva, she developed a sensibility towards materiality, composition and storytelling. In our team since 2021, Julia’s dynamism and critical thinking enrich our projects in many creative ways, within the perspective of future users.
Tom Maindiaux, BE
Tom graduated as an engineer architect at UCLouvain, with an international exchange at the Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú. Tom’s master thesis focussed on the cross-section of two so-called “ends” of the spectrum of our daily body of work : urban (infra)structure as a social catalyst on one side, spatial phenomena and materiality on the other. In addition to previous experiences in architectural offices in Antwerp and Brussels, Tom is also completing a master’s degree in philosophy. Since he joined our team in 2022, these two complementary fields of expertise come together when it comes to ensure the consistency and relevance of our projects, as he reflects on ways to build and builds ways of thinking.
interior designer, office manager Heidi Bosteels (BE) | arch. Laura Bown (BE) | eng. arch. Karel Burssens (BE) | public relations & graphic design Sarah Cleeremans (BE/US) | stud. arch. Manon Coppens (BE) | arch. Matteo Corbellini (IT) | eng. arch. Maxime Czvek (BE) | public relations & design Frederik Deschuytter (BE) | stud. arch. Anett Farkas (HU) | eng. arch. Nathan Fredrick (BE) | arch. Léonard Gallegos (BE) | stud. arch. Léonore Grec (FR) | arch. Olivier Herman (BE) | public relations resp. Tine Holvoet (BE) | arch. Valentin Ionescu (RO) | eng. arch. Michael Lefeber (BE) | arch. Sofie Liesenborghs (BE) | arch. Vanessa Mertens (BE) | eng. arch. & urban designer Muriel Mulier (BE) | stud. arch. Stefan Nechita (RO) | arch. Zebulon A. Nelessen (USA) | stud. arch. Hannelore Pauwels (BE) | stud. arch. Natalia Petkova (GB) | stud. arch. Joanna Plak (PL) | eng. arch. Marian Pocuch (SK) | arch. Stefano Privitera (IT) | arch. Thomas Rigby (FR) | arch. Barbara Sandra (BE) | urban anthropologist, office manager Martina Schwab (DE) | service designer Agata Smok (PL) | arch. Zora Starcevic (RS) | eng.arch. Miguel Steel Lebre (PT) | eng. arch., computational designer Dimitrie A. Stefanescu (RO) | arch. Linde Stellamans (BE) | eng. arch. Philip Stessens (BE) | arch. ass. Steven Stessens (BE) | arch. Aron Sümeghy (HU) | admin. ass. Valérie Talamini (BE) | eng. arch Pieter Thibaut (BE) | arch. Maarten Tierens (BE) | arch. Charlotte Truwant (FR) | arch. Félicien Umbreit (BE) | arch. Miguel Valério (PT) | arch. Lourenço van Innis (PT) | stud. arch. Nik Vandewyngaerde (BE) | arch. Stephanie Vander Goten (BE) | resp. communication / arch. Tessy Vanmechelen (BE) | eng. arch. Matthias Van Rossen (BE) | arch. Louisa Vermoere (BE) | arch. Simon Verstraete (BE) | eng. arch. & urban designer Thomas Willemse (BE)