Paula Fuentes Gonzalez


Paula Fuentes Gonzalez

From May 2019 to April 2021 arch. dr Paula Fuentes was appointed as post-doctoral researcher at the department of Architectural Engineering at VUB, funded by a Marie SkÅ‚odowska-Curie Individual Fellowship under the supervision of prof. Ine Wouters. Paula developed the project "Brick vaults and beyond: the transformation of a historical structural system (1830-1930)". The aim of this project is to study the evolution of vault construction in Belgium in the 19th and 20th centuries, taking into account the changing context of the young industrializing country. The results of the research were presented in a two-days symposium and published in the open access book 'Brick vaults and beyond. The transformation of a historical structural system from 1750 to 1970'.

Architect Paula Fuentes finished her PhD Dissertation in 2013: "Crossed-arch vaults between 10th and 16th centuries. Geometry, construction and structural behaviour." From 2005 to 2007 she worked in an Architecture Office. From 2010 to 2015 she was Assistant Lecturer in the School of Architecture, Department of Building Structures, Polytechnic University of Madrid. From 2015 to 2016 she worked as freelance making technical reports in historical buildings. From October 2016 to April 2019 she was research associate at BTU Cottbus-Senftenberg and member of the DFG Research Training Group 1913 "Cultural and Technological Significance of Historic Buildings", where she developed the post-doc research project: "The Art of Vaulting. Design and Construction of Large Vaults in the Mediterranean Gothic".

Her research interests are focused on history of construction, masonry structures and surveying and drawing of architectural heritage. On these subjects she has published several articles in specialized journals and international conferences.