The symposium ‘Architectural history as [applied] science’ is organized on the occasion of the retirement of Prof. Luc Verpoest (KULeuven) on 1 October 2010. It takes place in Leuven on 9 and 10 November 2011 (Provinciehuis Vlaams-Brabant, Provincieplein 1, 3010 Leuven).
After graduating as an architect-engineer at the KULeuven in 1969 and the completion of a PhD on architectural education in Belgium in 1984 at the same university, Luc Verpoest took up a professorship in architectural history, 19th-20th centuries and history and theory of conservation. In different constellations, within the KULeuven Departments of Architecture and of Art History and within the Raymond Lemaire International Centre for Conservation, he taught several generations of students and developed research with a focus on the history of architectural education, architectural historiography and the history and practice of conservation in Belgium. Together with KADOC, the Documentation and Research Centre for Religion, Culture and Society of the KULeuven, he established groundbreaking research into the Belgian Catholic Gothic Revival. Furthermore, he is chairman of Monumentenwacht Vlaanderen, co-founder of DOCOMOMO Belgium and member of various organisations which focus on the history of architecture and conservation practice. His alumni, colleagues and friends, therefore, took the initiative to organize a symposium following Luc Verpoest’s retirement on 1 October 2010. The theme ‘architectural history as [applied] science’ derives from Luc Verpoest’s different occupations in both ‘pure’ and ‘applied’ scientific research in architectural history.
The symposium opens with a keynote speech by Prof. Andrew Leach (Griffith University, Australia), author of Manfredo Tafuri. Choosing History (2007) and What is Architectural History? (2010) on Wednesday evening 9 November. On Thursday 10 November, 11 speakers present their papers in 4 thematic clusters: (1) Architectural history and visions of architecture, (2) Architectural history and the culture of architects, (3) Architectural history and the definition of architectural identity, and (4) Architectural history and the historical imagination. Each cluster of papers is followed by a response of, respectively, F. H. Schmidt (VU Amsterdam), Judi Loach (Cardiff University), Gabi Dolff-Bonekämper (TU Berlin) and David Vanderburgh (UCL Louvain-la-neuve). The closing debate will be moderated by Prof. Krista De Jonge (KULeuven – Dept. ASRO and RLICC)
There is no registration fee for the symposium, but registration is compulsory. Please find the Registration form on http://kadoc.kuleuven.be/nl/acti/stu/architectural_history_applied_science.php
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