Ine Wouters

Ine Wouters

Ine WOUTERS (°1972) has a Master of Science in engineering: architecture (VUB, 1996) and a PhD in engineering VUB (2002). After her PhD she combined her work as post-doc at VUB with a position as lecturer at the School of Architecture Provinciaal Hogeschool Limburg (PHL). From 2003 she holds a position at the department of Architectural Engineering at Vrije Universiteit Brussel and gives (among other) courses on Building technology, Structural renovation techniques and Research methods. She was head of the Research Lab of Architectural Engineering (2008-2014) and is since 2011 head of the Department of Architectural Engineering.
Her research focuses on construction materials and building techniques in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. She is interested in the evolution of the production process, the changing motivations to apply certain materials and the actors involved. Next to archive and literature study, the buildings and structures itself are an important object in her research. She aims to deliver new insights in the history of construction and the built heritage which can be applied when determining the historical value of a building.The historical insights often serve as inspiration to tackle current issues.  

She (co)-supervised the PhD work of Lisa Wastiels (2010, FWO), Michael de Bouw (2010), Leen Lauriks (2012, IWT), Quentin Collette (2014, FWO), Dorien Aerts (2015, Innoviris), Louis Vandenabeele (2018, IWT), Jelena Dobbels (2018, SRP), Marianne De Fossé (2018, FWO), Frederik Vandyck (2020, IRP), Katerina Chalvatzi (2020, ETHZurich), Romain Wibaut (2021, FWO) as well as the ongoing work of Pieter De Raedt, Marylise Parein (Innoviris), Lara Reyniers (FWO), Louise Huba (Innoviris), Igor Bloch (EOS) and Kylie Russnaik (ETHZurich).

She is member of the Brussels Research Centre for Construction Histories (CHsB), the Construction History Society (CHS), the International Committee for the Conservation of the Industrial Heritage (TICCIH), the International Council on Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS Vlaanderen-Brussel), the Gesellschaft für Bautechnikgeschichte and the Flemish Association for Industrial Archaeology (VVIA).

She was involved in the organisation of the International Conference on Structural Analysis of Historical Constructions (SAHC2016 in Leuven), the International Congress on Construction History (6ICCH  2018 in Brussels), the lecture series on 'Les métaux ferreux dans la construction (FABI 2015-17)' and the newly developed program in 'Conservation et restauration du patrimoine architectural/Conservatie en restauratie van het architecturaal stedelijk en landschappelijk erfgoed' (2017-...). In 2021 she co-organised with Paula Fuentes the international symposium 'Brick vaults and beyond'.

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