Pieter Martens

Professor of Architectural History

Professors Art Studies and Archaeology (SKAR) Architecture Heritage & Preservation History
  • Current position Professor of Architectural History
  • Contact Vrije Universiteit Brussel
    Faculty of Arts and Philosophy
    Art Studies and Archaeology (SKAR)
    Pleinlaan 2
    Building C - Room C.5.435
    B-1050 Brussels

  • Phone +32 (0)2 629 13 76
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Pieter Martens (°1976) teaches courses in Architectural History and Architectural Preservation. His research deals with the history of architecture and urbanism in early modern Europe and concentrates mainly on sixteenth-century military architecture, engineering, siege warfare, and urban iconography.

He graduated in 1999 as architectural engineer at the University of Leuven and studied also at the Sapienza University of Rome. His PhD thesis (2009) received the Erik Duverger prize (KVAB, 2009) for its use of archival sources and the Justus Lipsius award (ICOMAM, 2011) for its contribution to military history. He has held postdoctoral research fellowships of FWO (KU Leuven, 2010-2013) and FNRS (UCL, 2013-2016) and was also the coordinator of PALATIUM, a European research networking programme on court residences (ESF, 2010-2015). He is a Laureate (Class of Arts) of the Royal Academy of Belgium (KVAB, 2015), a member of the the Young Academy of Belgium (Jonge Academie, 2014-2019), and a member of the Royal Academy of Archaeology of Belgium.

Key publications

Pieter Martens, “Hieronymus Cock’s View of Antwerp (1557): Its Genesis and Offspring, from Antwerp to Italy”, Simiolus (Netherlands Quarterly for the History of Art), 39 (2017) 3, pp. 171-196.

Pieter Martens, “Ingénieur (1540), citadelle (1543), bastion (1546): apparition et assimilation progressive de termes italiens dans le langage de l’architecture militaire aux Pays-Bas des Habsbourg”, in: Marie Madeleine Fontaine, Jean-Louis Fournel (eds), Les mots de la guerre dans l’Europe de la Renaisssance, Genève: Droz, 2015, pp. 105-140, 347-349.

Pieter Martens, “Lepoivre, Pierre: architect, ingenieur, vestingbouwkundige en geograaf”, Nationaal Biografisch Woordenboek, Vol. 21, Brussels, Koninklijke Academiën van België, 2014, pp. 656-670.

Pieter Martens, “Siege warfare (early modern)”, in: The Encyclopedia of War, ed. G. Martel, Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell, 2012, vol. IV, pp. 1987-1994.

Pieter Martens, “La destruction de Thérouanne et d’Hesdin par Charles Quint en 1553”, in: Gilles Blieck, Philippe Contamine, Christian Corvisier, Nicolas Faucherre, Jean Mesqui (eds), La forteresse à l’épreuve du temps. Destruction, dissolution, dénaturation, XIe-XXe siècle, Paris: Comité des travaux historiques et scientifiques, 2007, pp. 63-117.

Education

2009 : PhD in Engineering Sciences: Architecture, KU Leuven

1999 : Master of Science in Engineering: Architecture, KU Leuven

1996 : Bachelor of Science in Engineering: Architecture, KU Leuven