Ruben Van Vooren

Ruben Van Vooren

Ir. arch. Ruben Van Vooren (°1994) is a PhD researcher at Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB), Architectural Engineering. His research, under the supervision of prof. dr. ir. arch. Waldo Galle and prof. dr. ir. arch. Niels De Temmerman and in cooperation with Bureau Bouwtechniek, focuses on the role of consultancy to enable circular valorisation of building components and materials in large-scale building renovations.


PhD research

Enabling circular valorisation of building components and materials: the role of consultancy processes.

Date2021 - 2025
SupervisorsWaldo Galle and Niels De Temmerman

As a strategy for smart resource management, circular construction includes valorising our present building stock. This research focuses on consultancy processes to facilitate high-value recovery of building elements. Through case studies it searches for levers and opportunities to enable preservation, reuse, remanufacturing, repurposing or (closed-loop) recycling of existing building components and materials. Facade renovations of large-scale office buildings are used as a test-environment to study these processes and collaborations.