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Raymond Lemaire International Centre for Conservation

Open Day - 12/3/2016


Interested in immovable heritage and conservation ?
Would you like to join an international and multidisciplinary program ?

Meet staff and students during our OPEN DAY session !
When ? Saturday, March 12 2016 at 14h00
Where ? RLICC Studio De Molen 00.12 - Kasteelpark Arenberg 51 - 3001 Heverlee (Leuven).

Please register before March 9 : Register now

We're looking forward to welcoming you !


40 years Raymond Lemaire International Centre for Conservation


In 1976 the late Prof. Raymond Lemaire established an institute to disseminate the interest in built cultural heritage preservation worldwide through interdisciplinary training and to promote reflection on the integration of heritage in today's society – for tomorrow's generations. His legacy drew the attention of many generation of historians, architects, engineers, heritage theorists, policy makers, academics and practitioners from all over the world seeking guidance, validation and sometimes inspiration for their efforts in protecting cultural heritage.

In 2016 the Raymond Lemaire International Centre for Conservation (RLICC, University of Leuven) will celebrate its 40th anniversary ! It would like to celebrate achievements in built heritage preservation training, research and consulting with alumni, with professionals in the field and with representatives of authorities and organization is has collaborated with. No less than 800 students from 70 countries have studied heritage preservation in the spirit of interdisciplinary and international learning as the late Prof. R. Lemaire established it in 1976. Many of those alumni work in the heritage field, have leading positions in national or international organisations, manage or work in architectural offices, in private consultancies, at academic institutions or for public authorities.
We hope to meet them and to hear their voice at the celebration of the 40th anniversary on Monday September 12, 2016.

We are very pleased to invite you to join us at this celebration : register here.
(a more detailed program of the celebration of this anniversary will be shared shortly)


Master of Science in Conservation of Monuments and Sites : apply now !

-       Have you always been interested in heritage and conservation?
-       Do you have an initial master’s degree (or equivalent) in architecture, (art)history, archaeology, geography, civil engineering or other relevant discipline ?
-       Would you like to join an international & multidisciplinary program ?

Then maybe the advanced “Master of Science in Conservation of Monuments and Sites” (MCMS) might be just the right program for you .

This English taught program starts in September and is spread over three semesters.

Interested ?
More information about this master after master program, application requirements & deadline can be found in the left window pane.


RLICC Newsletter Issue 16, Autumn 2015



by Koen Van Balen, Director of the RLICC

Major events today pose new challenges to us as citizens and as professionals. Some seem far away from our daily personal life or professional concerns. What about the massive migrations going on from various continent to Europe or within Europe? One of the pressures that initiate those migrations come from imposing regimes that disregards tolerance and diversity. They can't live with a the idea that societies are constructions based on diverse rich historical and continuously evolving cultures. Their leaders justify imposed rules and acts of destruction with so called religious rules resulting into a society based on intolerance, unilateral discrimination of women and of people with divergent (religious) opinions. They wipe out heritage as to create uniform, unilaterally constructed images of reality, in an attempt to justify intolerance by "what has always been" and was given by "a god". In short it seems that the transcendence of heritage with its socio-economic, cultural and historical layers is an obstacle while at the same time attempts are made to create a new "heritage" that is justified by beliefs and interpretation of "ancient" (religious) writings.

Download the Newsletter


New book publication : Heritage counts

The Heritage Counts conference was a very successful 2nd edition of our yearly Thematic Week, thanks to the enthusiastic discussions among international and interdisciplinary participants as well as the link with the Cultural Heritage Counts for Europe project, funded by the EU Culture Programme (2007-2013) and the support of this project's lead partner, EUROPA NOSTRA.

Taking into account the many fruitful discussions and positive messages on the relevance of this topic, we have been working hard on developing a rigorous publication that encompasses the conference's content and quality. After an extensive editing process, we are glad to announce that the "Heritage Counts" publication with Guaranteed Peer Reviewed Content (GPRC) is in print at this very moment !


Koen Van Balen and Aziliz Vandesande (Eds.),
"Heritage Counts", Reflections on Cultural Heritage Theories and Practices.
A series by the Raymond Lemaire International Centre for Conservation, KU Leuven, vol. 2,
Garant: Antwerp – Apeldoorn, 2015 - ISBN 978-90-441-3330-1 | 320 pp. Full color, illustrated | 20x25 cm

The publishing company offers a discount pre-subscription offer until 15th December 2015 : € 39 (VAT & shipment included)
As from 15th December :  € 49, VAT included, shipment € 5.

Please consult the complete table of content and pre-subscription form to place your order.

We hope that the valuable contributions in the publication will be to your interest and that you can disseminate this information in your networks to maximize the awareness of this topic !
For more information or questions : This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Garant: Antwerp – Apeldoorn, 2015 - ISBN 978-90-441-3330-1 | 320 pp. Full color, illustrated | 20x25 cm
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Master of Science in Conservation of Monuments and Sites

Katholieke Universiteit Leuven

Master of Conservation

Erasmus Mundus Action 2 for South Africa


Students from South Africa who would like to study at the RLICC can apply for a ema2sa or 'Erasmus Mundus Action 2 for South Africa' scholarship.
Please visit  www.ema2sa.eu for more detailed information