Caroline Voet (°1974) is co-founder of the award winning architectural practice Voet en De Brabandere in Antwerp, Belgium. She focuses on heritage, reconversions and the design of cultural buildings, public interiors, scenography and furniture.
She works for clients as the Flemish Architecture Institute (VAi), Museum Plantin Moretus in Antwerp and Manneken Pis Museum in Brussels. She is assistant professor at the KU Leuven, Faculty of Architecture, Campus St-Lucas Ghent and Brussels, where she received her Ph.D. in 2013 on the work of Dom Hans van der Laan. She holds degrees in architecture from the Architectural Association in London and the Henry van de Velde Institute in Antwerp. Her research and teaching focus is onspatial systematic and architectural methodology and has been published in for example ARQ and Interiors Routledge. She wrote for the „Architectural Yearbook Flanders“ and in 2016 she was co-editor of the book „Autonomous Architecture in Flanders“. She recently published „Dom Hans van der Laan. Tomelilla“ (Architectura and Natura) and „Dom Hans van der Laan. A House for the Mind“ (VAi).
About her lecure „In search for an architectural ontology. The work of Dom Hans van der Laan.“:
In 1977, the Dutch Benedictine monk and architect Dom Hans van der Laan (1904-1991) published his treatise Architectonic Space, fifteen lessons on the disposition of the human habitat. At the same time, he built four convents and a house, a typical elementary and austere architecture that strongly communicates through tactility, colour and light. Through philosophical concepts like mass / space, inside / outside, the book tried to define a deep-level structure that would explain how we perceive space and how we build. Is it possible to grasp experience and tactility within a philosophical and rational framework? This lecture unravels the interwoven genealogy of theory, design practice and building. It links Dom van der Laan’s philosophical concepts of dwelling with the concrete experience of his architecture. What is the connection between theory and practice, if any?
Der Vortrag findet in Englischer Sprache statt. | The lecture will be held in English.