Inge Bertels

Inge Bertels

Inge Bertels is a historian (KU Leuven, 1998) and master in Conservation (R. Lemaire Centre for Conservation KU Leuven, 2000). In 2008 she defended her PhD Building the City, Antwerp 1819-1890 at KU Leuven. Between 2008-2019 she was professor at VUB and teached courses in architectural history, urban history, construction history and monument care at the Department of Architectural Engineering.

Her personal research focuses on the intersection of nineteenth- and twentieth-century construction history and urban history. Between 2008-2019 the following PhD students completed their doctoral dissertation under her (co-)supervision: Bart Tritsmans (UAntwerpen-VUB, 2014), Jelena Dobbels (VUB, 2018), Louis Vandenabeele (VUB, 2018) and Marianne Defossé (VUB, 2018).




Supervised PhDs

  • Architects' houses in Brussels. Strategies for valorization.
  • by Linsy Raaffels
  • History and heritage of the Belgian power industry (1885-2015)
  • by Pieter De Raedt
  • Building Brussels. Construction Entrepreneurs in a Transforming Urban Space (1830-1970)
  • by Matthijs Degraeve
  • 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 Fossé
  • Becoming Professional Practitioners. A History of General Contractors in Belgium (1870-1970)
  • by Jelena Dobbels
  • Layerd Landscapes. Urban green spaces between policy and perception, Antwerp 1859-1973
  • by Bart Tritsmans


PhD research

Building the City, Antwerp 1819-1880 (KULeuven, 2008)

Date2002 - 2008