Wouter Van Acker

Promotor:
PhD Simon Bertrand, "Les rencontres de la critique sociale et de la théorie de l’architecture en France et en Angleterre au XIXe siècle et leur dépassement dans l’œuvre écrite de William Morris"
PhD Lyna Bourouiba, "Le « degré zéro de l’écriture » architecturale dans l’oeuvre historiographique et critique de Bruno Zevi : dépasser l’antagonisme entre architecture savante et architecture populaire"
PhD Victoire Chancel, "L'architecture du projet : Un diagnostic épistémologique du projet architectural à
l'heure de la gestion de projet"
PhD Lieven De Boeck, "The Archive of Disappearance: a typology"
PhD Sonia Melani Miller, "Between Communism and Reformism: Transfer of Knowledge and Cultural Warfare -The Politics of Cold War Aesthetics in Kevin Lynch and Aldo Rossi's Reading of the City 1960-1980."

Co-promotor:
PhD Alessandra Bruno (Promotor: Ludivine Damay), "Enseigner l’architecture, entre le dire et le faire"
PhD Alberto Squizatto (Promotor: Salvator-John Liotta) "Understanding and Evaluating Bottom-Up Urban Regeneration. Cultural Projects as Drivers for Urban Change in Favara and Amsterdam"

Président du Comité d'accompagenement:
Anne-Laure Iger, "Entre activisme et institutionnalisation, les mutations de l’exposition d’architecture,
à Bruxelles, entre 1930 et 2018"
Olivier Sire, "Urbanisme tactique : Morphologie des possiblesRecherche par le projet à Bruxelles"

Post-doc:
Pauline Lefebvre, "Une architecture aux tactiques silencieuses. Suivre le réengagement politique de la
discipline sur le terrain de la pratique architecturale."

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Van Acker
Wouter
Academic - Co-director hortence
+32 (0)2 639.24.67

Faculty of Architecture La Cambre-Horta (ULB), Room Fl4.6
19 Place Flagey
1050 Brussels
Belgium

Wouter Van Acker is engineer-architect, associate professor at the Faculty of Architecture La Cambre Horta (ULB) and co-directs the research group hortence. Before he was lecturer in architectural history and theory at Griffith University, and doctoral and postdoctoral researcher at Ghent University. His research focus is the history of epistemology and aesthetics in architecture in the twentieth century, and in particular the problem of returns and late style in postmodernism. His PhD dissertation (Ghent 2011) explored the architecture of knowledge in the work of Paul Otlet (1868-1944), Patrick Geddes (1854-1932) and Otto Neurath (1882-1945). He has edited a special issue of the journal Library Trends on “Information and Space. Analogies and Metaphors”, a book on the Ghent Universal Exhibition of 1913, a book on the transnational history of the UIA (Bloomsbury, 2019), and more recently on Architecture and Ugliness (Bloomsbury, 2020). His research has been published in academic journals such as Perspectives on Science, Knowledge Organization, Revue Belge de Philologie et d'Histoire, Stadsgeschiedenis, Fabrications, arq, and contributions to conference proceedings (SAHANZ, EAHN, Conferences of Design History Society, U&U,...). He is Review Editor (post-1800) of the journal Architectural Histories since 2017.

Van Acker, W. (2018). ‘Peter Corrigan, the Bodgie Wolf, and Other Larrikin Tygers of Wrath,’ 28 (1), Fabrications, p. 3-24. doi:10.1080/10331867.2017.1410518

Van Acker, W., Leach, A., King, S., & Clarke, A. (2019). ‘Can’t Touch This,’ arq. Architectural research quarterly, 23(1), 63-72. doi:10.1017/S1359135519000058.

Van Acker, W. (2020). ‘Ugliness, or the Cathectic Moment of Modulation between Terror and the Comic in Postmodern Architecture,’ in: Van Acker, W. & Mical, T. (Eds.), Architecture and Ugliness. Anti-aesthetics and the Ugly in Postmodern Architecture. London and New York: Bloomsbury Academic.

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Promotor:
PhD Simon Bertrand, "Les rencontres de la critique sociale et de la théorie de l’architecture en France et en Angleterre au XIXe siècle et leur dépassement dans l’œuvre écrite de William Morris"
PhD Lyna Bourouiba, "Le « degré zéro de l’écriture » architecturale dans l’oeuvre historiographique et critique de Bruno Zevi : dépasser l’antagonisme entre architecture savante et architecture populaire"
PhD Victoire Chancel, "L'architecture du projet : Un diagnostic épistémologique du projet architectural à
l'heure de la gestion de projet"
PhD Lieven De Boeck, "The Archive of Disappearance: a typology"
PhD Sonia Melani Miller, "Between Communism and Reformism: Transfer of Knowledge and Cultural Warfare -The Politics of Cold War Aesthetics in Kevin Lynch and Aldo Rossi's Reading of the City 1960-1980."

Co-promotor:
PhD Alessandra Bruno (Promotor: Ludivine Damay), "Enseigner l’architecture, entre le dire et le faire"
PhD Alberto Squizatto (Promotor: Salvator-John Liotta) "Understanding and Evaluating Bottom-Up Urban Regeneration. Cultural Projects as Drivers for Urban Change in Favara and Amsterdam"

Président du Comité d'accompagenement:
Anne-Laure Iger, "Entre activisme et institutionnalisation, les mutations de l’exposition d’architecture,
à Bruxelles, entre 1930 et 2018"
Olivier Sire, "Urbanisme tactique : Morphologie des possiblesRecherche par le projet à Bruxelles"

Post-doc:
Pauline Lefebvre, "Une architecture aux tactiques silencieuses. Suivre le réengagement politique de la
discipline sur le terrain de la pratique architecturale."

architectural history of modernism and postmodernism
architectural theory: aesthetics and epistemology
art-architecture