AD Architecture School Guide: Brussels Faculty of Engineering [Bruface]

ULB Solbosch Campus – Building R42. Image © gm2011.ulb.ac.be, via Bruface Facebook Page

The United States has an architecture school in almost every major university in each of its 50 states. And while it’s true that the choices seem endless, it is also true that there are certain values and approaches that dominate. Ecological architecture, for example, is often not passive, but is technology-laden, which means a large production footprint for materials like PV panels, special types of glass, or other cladding solutions. This is just one example of how industry and pedagogy shape one another and in turn influence the perception of “legitimate” architecture. Teaching architectural history offers another example in which what comprises “relevant” history is all-too-often limited to Euro-American examples. Everything in Asia beyond twenty years ago, whether it is Southeast, South, or East, is usually ignored because – although the names of historical architects may well be known in their own countries, they are not easily translatable for the average English-language author of architecture survey books.

The truth is that even in architecture schools in European nations, approaches and emphases on pedagogical content and styles vary widely. For example, schools in northern Europe have very different views on what is important and how to teach it than schools in western Europe. One school with a very defined point of view is the Faculty of Engineering, or Bruface, created by Vrije Universiteit Brussel in cooperation with the Universite Libre de Bruxelles. There, students can receive a Master of Science in Architectural Engineering; they are trained not just in design, but in engineering, emphasizing a more structural, practical approach.

House VDV / Graux & Baeyens Architects

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Architects: Graux & Baeyens Architects
Location: , Belgium
Area: 480 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Filip Dujardin

Deusjevoo / a2o-architecten

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Architects: a2o-architecten
Location:
Photographs: Courtesy of a2o-architecten

House Cliv / OYO

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Architects: OYO
Location: ,
Area: 180 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Tom Janssens

Studio Koen van den Broek / Tijl Vanmeirhaeghe + Carl Bourgeois

© Filip Dujardin

Architects: Tijl Vanmeirhaeghe + Carl Bourgeois
Location: Deurnsebaan 9, Antwerp, Belgium
Area: 676 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Filip Dujardin

House LKS / P8 architecten

© Luc Roymans

Architects: P8 architecten
Location: , Belgium
Area: 56 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Luc Roymans

House BRZ / P8 architecten

© Luc Roymans

Architects: P8 architecten
Location: , Belgium
Area: 69 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Luc Roymans

La Branche / DMOA Architecten

© Thomas Janssens

Architects: DMOA Architecten
Location: , Belgium
Architect In Charge:
Collaborators: Benjamin Denef, Charlotte Gryspeerdt, Matthias Mattelaer, Lien Gesquiere
Area: 655.0 sqm
Photographs: Thomas Janssens

Apartments Jordaenskaai Antwerp / Crepain Binst Architecture

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Architects: Crepain Binst Architecture
Location: Jordaenskaai, ,
Area: 6,000 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Courtesy of Crepain Binst Architecture

Artevelde College Ghent / Crepain Binst Architectur

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Architects: Crepain Binst Architecture
Location: Kantienberg, Ghent,
Project Manager: Dirk Engelen
Photographs: Courtesy of Crepain Binst Architecture

Telindus Haasrode / Crepain Binst Architecture

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Architects: Crepain Binst Architecture
Location: Heverlee,
Project Manager: Dirk Engelen
Collaborators: Bart Coenen, Veerle Duyck, Leen Luyten
Photographs: Courtesy of Crepain Binst Architecture

Loft MM / C.T. Architects

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Architects: C.T. Architects
Location: , Belgium
Architect In Charge: Nick Ceulemans
Area: 80.0 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Tim Van de Velde

Offices Tiensevest Leuven / Crepain Binst Architecture + ARCHI+I

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Architects: Crepain Binst Architecture, ARCHI+I
Location: , Belgium
Area: 40,000 sqm
Year: 2008
Photographs: Courtesy of Crepain Binst Architecture + ARCHI+I

Loft FOR / adn Architectures

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Architects: adn Architectures
Location: , Belgium
Area: 96.0 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Filip Dujardin

Offices Infrax West Torhout / Crepain Binst Architecture

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Architects: Crepain Binst Architecture
Location: Noordlaan 9, Torhout,
Project Manager: Veerle Scarniet
Area: 10,327 sqm
Photographs: Courtesy of Crepain Binst Architecture

Technology Building in Leuven / de Jong Gortemaker Algra

© Marcel Van Coile

Architects: de Jong Gortemaker Algra
Location: Herestraat 49, 3000 , Belgium
Architect In Charge: THV Ar-Te, – Stabo architecten
Area: 5875.0 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Marcel Van Coile , Toon Grobet

Post Site Aalst / Abscis Architecten

© Thomas de Bruyne

Architects: Abscis Architecten
Location: Werfplein, Werf, , Belgium
Design Team: Vereniging van Studiebureaus
Area: 12,000 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Thomas de Bruyne

Administrative Centre Zwevegem / BURO II & ARCHI + I and Sileghem & Partners

© Klaas Verdru

Architects: BURO II & ARCHI+I, Sileghem & Partners
Location: Zwevegem,
Project Director: Claude Labeeuw
Area: 5,262 sqm
Photographs: Klaas Verdru