July 6, 2018
Heritage & Conservation
Last week, our Natalia Burakowska and John Brown were invited to attend student reviews at the Raymond Lemaire International Centre for Conservation at KU Leuven University in Belgium.
Over the past 3 years, we have established a relationship with the course leaders of the Conservation Masters, providing workshops and lectures at our offices in Glasgow on their annual study trip to Scotland. Visiting the department’s home, in a beautiful 16th century castle on the outskirts of Leuven, we were impressed by the breadth and depth of the student work, which focusses on conservation methodology and technical understanding. The course attracts students from across the world, and promotes interdisciplinary collaboration, with students working in groups of multiple nationalities and specialisms to deliver a joint thesis.
Professor Luc Verpoest took the time to show us many projects and exhibitions in Leuven to broaden our understanding of the city and it’s rich architectural history, including notable works by architect Henry van de Velde.
Over the course of the weekend, we were also lucky enough to visit several buildings in Brussels by Victor Horta, with architect Barbara Van Der Wee, who has been responsible for their painstaking restoration over the past 20 years. We were also given a tour of multidisciplinary design practice ‘SUM Projects’ by director Paul Lievevrouw, and an insight into some of their work across the public and private sector in Belgium.
We would like to thank the staff and students at RLICC for their hospitality over the course of the weekend, particularly Luc Verpoest, Barbara Van Der Wee, Paul Lievevrouw, Koen Van Balen and Aziliz Vandesande. We look forward to future collaborations with our friends at the university, and their staff and students.
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