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Faculty of Architecture La Cambre-Horta (ULB), Room Fl4.6
19 Place Flagey
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 these issues 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.
PhD Simon Bertrand
PhD Lyna Bourouiba
PhD Victoire Chancel
PhD Lieven De Boeck
PhD Sonia Melani Miller
PhD Alessandra Bruno (Promotor: Ludivine Damay)
PhD Alberto Squizatto (Promotor: Salvator-John Liotta)
architectural history of modernism and postmodernism
architectural theory: aesthetics and epistemology