Ine Wouters

Ine Wouters

Ine WOUTERS (°1972) is a professor at the Department of Architectural Engineering at Vrije Universiteit Brussel, holds a Master's degree in Architectural Engineering (1996) and a PhD in Engineering (2002). She teaches on construction techniques, construction history, structural renovation and research methods. Her research focuses on the nineteenth and twentieth centuries: she studies the history of construction materials, the evolution of production processes, the motivations behind material applications, and the actors involved. Her goal is to provide new insights into construction history and the built heritage, evaluating historical value and addressing renovation and reuse. She co-organized the first International Summer Schools on Construction History (CH.ESS 2011-13, held in Cambridge, Brussels, and Munich), SAHC2016 in Leuven and the sixth International Congress on Construction History in Brussels in 2018. She is a member of various international societies of industrial heritage and construction history. 

Supervised PhDs

  • Construction History meets Colonial History. Technologies, building materials and debris
  • by Igor Bloch
  • From demolition towards preservation: a paradigm shift for building in Brussels
  • by Louise Huba
  • Reviving the circular building industry. Looking into construction, demolition and reuse from the past to the future.
  • by Lara Reyniers
  • The Brussels housing stock (1975-2000): materiality and heritage value
  • by Marylise Parein
  • History and heritage of the Belgian power industry (1885-2015)
  • by Pieter De Raedt
  • Hidden Innovation. Roof Frame Design and Construction in Parish churches of Brussels and Charleroi (1830-1940)
  • by Romain Wibaut
  • Built to construct: learning from the architecture of construction workplaces in the Brussels-Capital Region
  • by Frederik Vandyck
  • Roofs with Roots. The historical developments of timber roof structures in 19th- and early 20th-century Belgium
  • by Louis Vandenabeele
  • Preserving historical urban warehouses in Ghent, Brussels and Antwerp by understanding their architecture and technology.
  • by Marianne De Foss√©
  • Becoming Professional Practitioners. A History of General Contractors in Belgium (1870-1970)
  • by Jelena Dobbels
  • Riveted connections in historical metal structures (1840-1940). Hot-driven rivets: technology, design and experiments.
  • by Quentin Collette
  • Occupancy and Activitiy Modelling for Building Energy Demand Simulations, Comparative Feedback and Residential Electricity Demand Characterisation
  • by Dorien Aerts
  • Contribution of the glass cladding to the overall structural behaviour of 19th century iron and glass roofs
  • by Leen Lauriks
  • Mapping material experience in architecture: Characterization of material warmth
  • by Lisa Wastiels
  • Kunio Maekawa. A Japanese modernist in search for architectural identity
  • by Hera Van Sande
  • The Structural Assessment of the Metal Roof Trusses in Brussels Model Schools (1860-1920)
  • by Michael de Bouw


PhD research

RENOVATIE van de FIREPROOF MILL in BRUSSEL bouwtechniek-draagvermogen-brandweerstand (Assessment of fireproof mills in Brussels: building technology-capacity-fire resistance)

Date1998 - 2002
SupervisorsMarijke Mollaert and Vandevelde Paul