Dirk Jaspaert - curator for CDC7 Belgium - Jury Chair

civil engineer-architect

Dirk Jaspaert is founder of BAS (Office for Architecture and Stability), a consulting firm based in Leuven. Together with his team he advises innumerable architectural companies, both in Belgium and abroad, on architectural structural engineering. For instance, Luc Deleu/TOP Office, 51N4E, awg, Neutelings Riedijk Architecten, Robbrecht en Daem, Marie-José Van Hee, Stéphane Beel and David Chipperfield already worked with him. BAS / Dirk Jaspaert is the bedrock of the success of the present-day generation of Belgian architects.

The procedure of BAS is to introduce collaboration between the architect and the stability engineer early in the design process. During this collaboration, expressive, programming and structural ideas are part of the same cycle. This always results in a concept where structure plays an effective, sometimes crucial part.

Dirk Jaspaert lectures at the faculty of Architecture at the KU Leuven (LUCA).

Abdelmajid Boulaioun


Abdelmajid Boulaioun founded the architectural firm ARJM in 1998. He is author of several  public facility projects, among which the library in Boechout (Antwerp) and the KA1 school in Ostend. He designed  urban planning projects and the masterplan for the new port of Nieuwpoort. 

He was awarded several prizes : in 2005 he obtained the Ernest Acker Prize of the Royal Belgian Academy, in 2008 the West-Vlaanderen Prize for the KA1 school in Ostend, and in 2015 – with his design of the new Herstal railway station – the Grand prix d'architecture de Wallonie in the category non-residential buildings.

Since 2005 he teaches architectural design in the Master’s programme of the UCL university.

Niklaas Deboutte


Together with Eric Soors, Niklaas Deboutte runs the Antwerp based architectural office META, founded in 1991 and today employing 15 persons. META was laureate of numerous prizes, among which the Prize for Plastic Arts of the province of Antwerp (1998), the Belgian Architectural Award (2007) and the Belgian Building Award (2013).

Recently delivered projects are the Boshoek social housing estate (Boechout), the Gildenhuis office and housing project (Beveren), the KU Leuven university data center and the Montigny work and apartment building (Antwerp).

Niklaas Deboutte has taught architectural design at the VUB university and the St. Lucas High School in Brussels. Since 2007 he is teaching design studios at the TU Delft (NL).

Goedele Desmet

civil engineer-architect
postgraduate conservation of architectural and urban heritage

After graduation, Goedele Desmet worked at Atelier Massimiliano Fuksas & Sacconi in Rome and Paris (1986-1989). With Ivo Van Hamme and Jean-Michel Culas she is co-founder of BOB361. The portfolio of this Brussels based architectural practice contains a large variety of housing and office designs, including housing projects in Paris. BOB361 was already awarded several prizes. In 2015 their student housing and community centre project Gate 15 in Antwerp won the Belgian Architecture Prize. The same complex received Commendation at The Civic Trust Awards 2016.

Goedele Desmet is also professor at the KU Leuven university.

Christine Fontaine


Christine Fontaine is an architect and currently a teaching staff member at UCL-LOCI-St.Luc Brussels in the international master degree studio. She has worked in Brussels and Vancouver. Today, her practice with ZED architects covers public institution buildings, including day care centres, schools, city halls and social housing. She did a complementary degree in a transdisciplinary program and organizes every year an international pluridisciplinary Intensive Program on the Mediterranean Sea. Christine Fontaine has taught as a visiting professor in Venice, Naples, Istanbul, Newcastle, Vancouver and different schools in France. She also takes part in research groups and has been member of numerous juries in academic and professional contexts.


German jury members to be announced


Tom de Paor

Tom de Paor graduated from UCD in 1991, entering practice the same year. His portfolio has been internationally recognised, with multiple industry awards, extensively published and exhibited internationally including pavilions at the Venice Biennale on five occasions. He was elected Fellow of the Royal Institute of Architects of Ireland and in 2015 he was elected as member of Aosdána.

Kieran McGonigle

Kieran McGonigle established the architectural practice McGonigle McGrath in 2012 with Aidan McGrath, both previously directors of award winning studio, Twenty Two Over Seven

Kieran is a fully qualified ARB registered architect with over 20 years’ experience in practice. He has been Project Architect for a number of RIBA Award winning projects of varying scales and typologies, embracing new build and restoration and re-use of redundant buildings. His own self built home was shortlisted for the Manser Medal in 2008, and awarded the RSUA Liam McCormick Prize in the same year.

The work of McGonigle McGrath is informed by a sensitivity to context and place, a consideration of form, materiality and craft, and an understanding of the quality and simplicity of buildings well made. Their passion for the contemporary is moderated by their experience in conservation and a respect for the vernacular. Their work has been recognised with success in RIBA Awards and RSUA Awards programmes, and ongoing studio work has recently been exhibited in both Belfast and Dublin.

Current projects include a contemporary extension to a listed townhouse to provide a second Home from Home in Northern Ireland for the cancer charity Clic Sargent, a new rational brick dwelling in a natural clearing of ancient oak within a listed and part walled demesne, a new dwelling on the steep banks of the Shimna River in the foothills of the Mourne Mountains, a restoration of a 18th century Sail Loft at Belfast Docks, and the conversion and extension of a 1950’s modernist building in Belfast’s Cathedral Quarter.

Kieran teaches and reviews in both the Degree and Masters of Architecture programmes at Queen’s University Belfast, and has lectured both at Queen’s and at the Belfast School of Architecture.

McGonigle McGrath have recently received an RIBA National Award for their House at Maghera, which also featured in the final stages of reviews for UK’s most prestigious architecture prize, reaching the midlist of the RIBA Stirling Prize 2015.

Eoghan O Shea

Eoghan O Shea is a founding partner of MCOS Architects.

Eoghan studied architecture at UCD and completed his PhD at Trinity.  He has previously worked with a number of Irish practices including Grafton Architects, Bucholz McEvoy, ODOS and Shay Cleary Architects. He has also practised in New Zealand and Hong Kong. 

MCOS Architects was established in 2011 based on principles of inclusion and sustainability.  Eoghan also teaches at SAUL and is currently researching a universal design CPD programme on behalf of the NDA/RIAI in conjunction with SAUL and the IDeA Center, University of Buffalo.   In 2010-11 Eoghan was a co-curator of the Slow Architecture and Place exhibition.

Nathalie Weadick

Nathalie Weadick is Director of the Irish Architecture Foundation(IAF). She is a committee member of the Government Policy on Architecture Advisory Panel (Ireland) and Built Environment Advisor for Irish Design 2015, where she is co curating New Horizon architecture from Ireland with Raymund Ryan at the London Festival of Architecture, the Chicago Architecture Biennial and the Hong Kong/Shenzhen Bi-City Biennale. As director of the IAF she delivers with her team the successful Open House Dublin initiative each October. In 2014 she curated an architecture season in the Irish Museum of Modern Art called The Everyday Experience. In 2010, Nathalie was Commissioner for the Irish exhibition at the 12th International Architecture Exhibition at Venice, and in 2008 she was co- commissioner/curator of The Lives of Spaces at the 11th International Architecture Exhibition at Venice.  From 2004 to 2007 she was Deputy Director of the Architecture Foundation, London. 


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