Meet the team
of Europan Belgium

Olivier Bastin

Founder of L’Escaut Architectures in 1989, Olivier Bastin is an architect and scenographer. After teaching in several faculties of architecture, scenography and visual arts (1994−2009), he inaugurated the role of Bouwmeester Master Architect of the Brussels Region from 2009 to 2014. He is now a member of the Royal Academy of Arts and Letters and President of the

Federation of Architects of Belgium. L’Escaut Architectures is developing theater, landscape and housings projects, and hosting artist’s residencies.

Benoît Moritz

Founder of the urban planning and architecture agency MSA. He holds a Master’s degree in Urban Planning from the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya in Barcelona and a degree in Architecture from La Cambre School of Architecture. He is professor at the Université Libre de Bruxelles since 2014 and a member of Classe des Arts of the Royal Academy of Belgium since 2017. He has received numerous awards and distinctions, including the Belgium Architectural Awards, the Pyblik” Prize awarded by the Government of the Brussels-Capital Region and the Mies van der Rohe (2017-Emerging Architect category). He founded the Louise research centre within the ULB Faculty of Architecture and he coordinates the Metrolab.Brussels research initiative, and was the initiator of the International masterclasses Re-Work, End of Line and In-Out Building Hospitality. He publishes, often in collaboration, numerous articles in national and international scientific journals. He gives conferences in Brussels, Barcelona, Graz, New York or Bordeaux. From 2020, he is Secretary of the Board of Directors of Europan Belgium.

Maarten Van Acker

Professor of Urban Design at the Faculty of Design Sciences and director of the Research Group for Urban Development at the University of Antwerp. His research focuses on vital urban design and healthy infrastructure projects. Maarten is also board member at JUXTA architectuur, a leading architecture studio in Flanders. He coaches several cities, real estate developers and architecture offices with the realization of complex urban development and infrastructure projects and is member of several urban planning commissions. Maarten is present in the public debate and often featured in the media. He serves as a columnist for the Antwerp newspaper and is member of several editorial boards. He is the author of several publications such as From Flux to Frame, Highway x City, Passages, In Via Veritas, KempenAtlas, Spoorboek, Groene Singel, Zaaien op Beton, Turnhout 2012, Bouwblokkenboek. He is trained as an engineer-architect and urban planner and holds a PhD for his research on the impact of infrastructure design on urbanization since the 19th century. In New York, Maarten continued at The New School for Design his post-doctoral research on urban (infra)structures. Maarten is currently working on a new publication on the impact of new mobilities on the public space of our cities.

Audrey Contesse

Architect and an art/​architectural historian. She is the founding director of the Cultural Institute of Architecture Wallonia-Brussels (ICA). For more than ten years now, she has dedicated herself to the promotion of high-quality architecture through different publications and exhibitions, and as editor-in-chief of the magazine A+ Architecture in Belgium (from 2010 till 2015). Audrey has published in international architectural reviews such as L’Architecture d’Aujourd’hui, D’A, Werk, bauen + wohnen, etc. and was part of the editorial committee of Flanders Architectural Review N°12. Tailored Architecture (2016) and Inventories#1 Architectures Wallonie-Bruxelles (2013). She has curated the architectural exhibitions: Unbuilt Brussels #2 — (re)compose the city (Brussels, 2018), entrer: five architectures in belgium (Paris-2015, Geneva-2016, London-2017, Montréal-2018) and was one of the co-researchers of the exhibition Usus/​Usures in the Belgian Pavilion of the Venice Architecture Biennale 2010.

Aglaée Degros

Professor and Head of the Institute for Urbanism at Graz University of Technology and Science Fellow at the Vrije Universiteit in Brussels. She was born in 1972 in Leuven/​Belgium and studied architecture in Brussels, Karlsruhe and Tampere. In 2001, together with Stefan Bendiks, she founded Artgineering”, an office in Rotterdam dedicated to improving the relationship between landscape, city and infrastructure. Artgineering moved to Brussels in 2014 and opened a branch in Graz in 2019. Degros has held various teaching positions and visiting professorships at the Delft University of Technology, the Rotterdam Academy of Architecture, the Vrije Universiteit in Brussels, the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna and the Vienna University of Technology, Poly Milano (2022) among others. She is co-editor of Public Space and the Challenges of Urban Transformation in Europe” (2013) and co-author of” Traffic Space is Public Space” (2019). She is a regular jury member in international urban planning and design competitions. She is member of scientific committee of Europan Europe since 2015. 

Roeland Dudal

Roeland Dudal (1977) is founding member and director of Architecture Workroom Brussels – a cultural platform for innovation in the field of architecture and urban and regional development. He studied architecture at the University of Ghent. From 2001 to 2003 he was coordinator of the urban think tank Studio Open City (Brussels). From 2004 to 2009 he was project leader for the Flemish Architecture Institute (Antwerp). During that period he was responsable for the organisation of the Day of Architecture in Flanders, and he was co-curator and producer of several exhibitions and publications on Architecture in Flanders, focusing on emerging practices and prospective design. He teaches architectural and urban design at the KULeuven Faculty of Architecture Campus Ghent and Brussels.

Joachim Declerc

Founding partner of Architecture Workroom Brussels (AW). Engineer-Architect from Ghent University and post graduated from the Berlage Institute in Rotterdam, where he leads the professional research and development programme since 2008. He is guest professor at Ghent University since 2014. The thread running through Joachim’s work is the use of design and spatial development as levers for the realisation of important social transitions. From AWB he focused on visionary housing, productive landscapes, caring neighbourhoods and the productive city aiming to create the space and conditions for innovative architecture and research by design. He has been curator of numerous exhibitions and biennales like IABR International Architecture Biennale Rotterdam (2007, 2012, 2018 & 2020); the Belgian pavilion at the 13th Venice Architecture Biennale (2012) and the Brussels Urban Landscape Biennale (2018). Through the Open Space Platform and the Open Space Movement, he helped develop the methodology for setting out diverse transformation programmes in Flanders.

Sedaile Mejias

Architect-Urbanist. She holds a Master degree in Human Settlements (2012) and a Master degree in Urbanism and Strategic Spatial Planning from (2013) KULeuven. She holds a degree in Architecture from the USB Caracas (2008). She is part of the team of urban and landscape designers, planners and experts of the former Urban Habitat Unit – now BUUR PoS- at Sweco Belgium. Complementary to her experience in the fields of architecture and urbanism she has collaborated with different NGO’s locally and internationally, among them the UNRWA (2013). Since 2016 she is the co-founder of Cakri, a non-profit organization engaged in the development of cultural projects related to the temporary conception of public space from where she co-founded, coordinated and curated (2016−2018) the Brussels Street Photography Festival (BSPF) among other projects. In 2020, she joined the team Europan in the assistance of the implementation of the competition in Belgium.