Oana-Maria Bogdan, RO
Architect & Founding Partner
As co-founder of BOGDAN & VAN BROECK, Oana-Maria is questioning the traditional role of the architect. Her involvement in societal affairs, as well as in political debates, contributes to the raising of cultural awareness in the domain of architecture. She is a winner of Europan 7, former member of the Flemish Culture Prize 2007 Jury, the Unesco Experts Committee for the City of Bruges, the Advisory Committee for Architecture and Design of the Flemish Government and the Royal Committee for Monuments and Landscapes of the Flemish Region. In 2016-2017, she took on the position of Secretary of State in Romania for cultural heritage. Her architectural expertise and previous advocacy work in Europe lead her to contribute actively to the construction of the Romanian political party “PLUS”, member of the European political group “Renew Europe”.
Leo Van Broeck, BE
Prof. Engineer Architect & Founding Partner
As co-founder of BOGDAN & VAN BROECK, Leo is advocating for an attractive, dense, and highly qualitative urban space, and is actively contributing to raising awareness on land-use beyond the world of architecture. Since 2016, Leo promotes the architectural quality of the built environment and advise public patrons in the design and realisation of buildings, public space, landscape and infrastructure as Flemish Government Architect (Vlaamse Bouwmeester). In 2019, upon request from the Belgian Youth for Climate movement, Leo coordinated a multidisciplinary Expert Panel aiming at strengthening environmental policies by providing scientific advice for the transition towards a more sustainable living environment.
Thomas Rigby, FR
Thomas graduated as an architect from the University of Westminster in London, after obtaining his Bachelor at the University of Wales and gaining professional experience in Berlin and London. In our team since 2009, Thomas has thoroughly overseen the design and execution of key projects including the reconversion of COOP in Anderlecht, the transformation of the Cosmopolitan in the centre of Brussels, or the development of our vision for densification, mixed-use and living quality in the European Quarter of Brussels. In parallel, his deep understanding of how our practice operates supports our office’s vision, design logics, operational organisation, and project acquisitions.
Tom Boogaerts, BE
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.
Lourenço van Innis, PT/BE
Lourenço obtained his Master in Architecture at the Universidade Lusíada de Lisboa in 2009. Developing both residential and public projects through all stages, he gained experience in Spain and Portugal prior to arriving in Brussels. He collaborated with noAarchitecten before joining our team in 2013. Next to the technical expertise he gathered over the years, his design sensitivity and attention to detail allow him to coordinate complex reconversion projects from early stage down to the last nuance, such as the careful rehabilitation of COOP, an old mill transformed in incubator for enterprises in Anderlecht and the ambitious in-depth transformation of The Cosmopolitan, a 60’s office building converted into a mix-used development in the centre of Brussels.
Marian Pocuch, SK
Marian obtained his Master in Architecture & Urbanism from the Slovak University of Technology after an Erasmus exchange programme at the KU Leuven in Belgium. He joined our team in 2013 after a successful 6 months internship with the support of a Leonardo Da Vinci Scholarship. He contributed intensively to the technical development of key reconversion projects amongst which the Cosmopolitan and the Campus Unesco Koekelberg. From 2016 to 2017, Marian briefly returned to Bratislava, broadening his professional experience developing sports infrastructures. Back since 2018, Marian focuses on challenging densification projects such as Papenvest and Tilburg, with a drive to technically translate sensitive designs into time-lasting realisations.
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.
Thomas Willemse, BE
Engineer Architect & Urban Designer
Trained as an engineer architect, Thomas also holds a degree in Urbanism and Strategic Planning, both from the KU Leuven, where he now teaches within the programme Urbanism and Strategic Planning. He complemented his formal education in urban design with several overseas programmes and broadened his professional experience in the field of landscape working for Bureau Bas Smets in Brussels. In our office since 2015, Thomas combines and adjusts the lens of these complementary fields to develop the right answers to urban challenges, from key local facilities such as Truss, to redevelopment strategies such as our long term vision on the new identity and guiding framework for the Spoorzone Tilburg.
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
After studying in France and Sweden, Sarah graduated as the laureate of the International Master of Architecture of the KULeuven, campus Brussels. She has sharpened a multifaceted background spanning over architecture, landscape, urban design and social endeavours by developing strategic visions and prospective studies for Taktyk – and has been shortlisted finalist of Europan 14. Prior to joining our team, Sarah collaborated with us on the Land-use Series, a recurrent concern in both her academic and professional body of work. In our team since 2015, she designs and coordinates dense and complex projects such as Bijgaardehof, the Cosmopolitan or NovaCity with a logical yet sensitive mind and a practical approach to problem solving.
Martina Schwab, DE
Martina holds a Bachelor in European Studies from Maastricht University and a Master in European Urban Cultures from four joint universities among which the Vrije Universiteit Brussel and the Estonian Academy of Arts in Tallinn. Her professional background in urban anthropology and ethical finance inform and support both the social and the financial aspects of our projects since 2016, when she first joined our team as office manager. Since 2018, Martina focusses on ensuring the steady and coherent trajectories of our work, by overseeing strategic management and acquisitions for both our private and public commissions.
Felix Ballauf, DE
Architect & Architectural 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.
Frederik Deschuytter, BE
Public Relations & Design
Frederik obtained his Bachelor degree of Design: Man & Mobility from the Design Academy Eindhoven, with an ambitious thesis on both the implementation of sustainable power sources in urban areas and a radical new approach towards driverless technologies. As a conceptual designer with experience ranging from copywriting to automotive design at Granstudio or innovative fashion at Iris van Herpen, Frederik draws challenging interdisciplinary links between our practice and other disciplines. Beyond operating as our public relations manager since 2017, Frederik challenges our design process and building methods from early stages to execution with his advanced colour knowledge, expertise in laser techniques and cutting-edge awareness of innovative materials.
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
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.
Nathan Fredrick, BE
Nathan obtained his Master of Engineering: Architecture from the KU Leuven with an exploration of Toronto’s downtown transformation in relation to local production and manufacturing. This eagerness to contribute to the conditions for social life in urban environments trough a more productive, mixed and vibrant city reflects his interest for strategic urban planning and complex buildings of social interest, without losing the eye for user experience. Since joining our team in 2018, Nathan contributes to translate the office’s vision in our most complex projects, such as the proposals for Rabelais – combining schools, sport and housing in Ixelles, or Citygate II – combining housing, schools and manufacturing areas in Anderlecht.
Vanessa Mertens, BE
After an Erasmus exchange at the Oslo School of Architecture, Vanessa followed the Urban Architectural Master at Sint-Lucas Ghent of which she graduated with a conceptual research on how cultural interventions on industrial heritage can support the dynamic redevelopment of the waterfront urban community in Aarhus. Previous collaborations with Eagles of Architecture and LOW architecten sharpened her ability to develop sensible concepts into tangible technical designs, while participatory fieldwork for PT architecten deepened her drive for societal relevance. In our team since 2018, Vanessa contributes to sharpen the essence of challenging mixed-use projects such as Broeders and Calevoet, with a focus on the quality of people’s life.
interior designer, office manager Heidi Bosteels (BE) | arch. Laura Bown (BE) | eng. arch. Karel Burssens (BE) | stud. arch. Manon Coppens (BE) | arch. Matteo Corbellini (IT) | eng. arch. Maxime Czvek (BE) | stud. arch. Anett Farkas (HU) | 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) | 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) | arch. Stefano Privitera (IT) | arch. Barbara Sandra (BE) | 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) | 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)