Ine Wouters

Professor of Renovation History

Professors Architectural Engineering (æ-LAB)
  • Current position Professor of Renovation History
  • Contact Vrije Universiteit Brussel
    Faculty of Engineering Sciences
    Department of Architectural Engineering
    Pleinlaan 2
    Building K - Room 1.04
    BE-1050 Brussels
  • Phone 32 (0)2 629 37 96
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  • Website www.vub.ac.be

Ine WOUTERS has a Master of Science in engineering: architecture (VUB, 1996). She became a research assistant in the department of Architectural Engineering of the VUB (1996-2002) and finished her PhD in engineering about ‘Renovation of fireproof mills in Brussels: building technology and fire safety’ in 2002 at the VUB. After her PhD she combined her work as post-doc assistant at the VUB during one year with a position as lecturer at the School of Architecture Provinciaal Hogeschool Limburg (PHL). From 2003 she holds a full position as lecturer at the department of Architectural Engineering at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel and gives (among other) courses on Building technology and Structural renovation techniques and Research methodology. She was head of the Research Lab of Architectural Engineering (2008-2014) and is now head of the Department of Architectural Engineering since 2011.

Her personal research focuses on building techniques and materials in the nineteenth and twentieth century, focusing on developments in building with cast iron, wrought iron, mild steel and early reinforced concrete. By focusing on typologies (fire proof mill construction, warehouses, roof trusses, small suspension bridges, glass houses, …) the evolution during a time period is studied. 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 are ‘translated’ to be applied during the assessment of historic structures by architects and engineers who are not familiar with nineteenth and twentieth century ways of building and designing.

She is a member of 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) as well as a member of the editorial staff of Erfgoed voor Industrie en Techniek.