Michael Ryckewaert

Professor of Urbanism

Professors Cosmopolis Centre for Urban Research
  • Current position Professor of Urbanism
  • Contact Vrije Universiteit Brussel
    Faculty of Sciences and Bio-Engineering Sciences
    Department of Geography
    Pleinlaan 2
    Building F - Room 4.57
    BE-1050 Brussels
  • Phone +32 (0)2 629 35 49
  • E-mail
  • Website www.cosmopolis.be

Michael Ryckewaert is the programme director of the MSc Urban Design and Spatial Planning (STeR) at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel and associate director of the Cosmopolis Centre for Urban Research. His current research focuses on housing and spatial policy in various policy oriented and fundamental research projects, but he also has a keen research interest in urbanism history. His previous research focused on housing and social exclusion in the urban landscape.

Key publications

Ryckewaert, M., (2015) Regulate, recover and re-use: a new eco-node at the foot of montjuïc, in: Grulois, G., Casabella, N., Crosas, C., Perea, J. (eds.) UpCycle Barcelona: Cogenerative Design Strategies for a Sustainable Urban Metabolism Reports on Research by Design, Brussels: Université Libre de Bruxelles, 122-125.

Ryckewaert, M., (2014) From demographic challenge to doom scenario? Speculations on changing housing preferences, the impossibility of affordable urban housing for families and house sharing out of need, Ruimte en maatschappij 6(1): 1-13.

Ryckewaert, M. (2012) Building a hybrid highway system. Road infrastructure as an instrument of economic urbanization, Transfers. Interdisciplinary Journal of Mobility Studies 2(1): 59-86.

Ryckewaert, M. (2011) Building the economic backbone of the Welfare State in Belgium. Infrastructure, Planning and Architecture 1945-1973, Rotterdam: 010 Publishers. 

Ryckewaert, M. (2010) The Ten-year Plan for the port of Antwerp (1956-1965): a linear city along the river, Planning Perspectives. An International Journal of History, Planning and the Environment 25(3): 303-322.

Educational background 

2003-2007: PhD in engineering - architecture, KU Leuven

1998-2000: Master in Urbanism & Strategic Planning, KU Leuven and Ghent University

1990-1995: MSc in Engineering: Architecture, KU Leuven

Previous positions/employment 

2011-2013: Assistant professor, Erasmushogeschool Brussel / Research fellow, Cosmopolis, Vrije Universiteit Brussel / Postdoctoral research associate, Department of Architecture, KU Leuven

2008-2011: Postdoctoral research associate and assistant, Department of Architecture, KU Leuven

1998-2007: Researcher and teaching assistant, Department of Architecture, KU Leuven

1998-2007: Registered architect

1995-1998: Project architect, De Smet Vermeulen architecten, Stéphane Beel architecten, Peter Kint architecten