Rika Devos

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Rika Devos is an engineer architect and holds a PhD in engineering sciences: architecture from Ghent University (2008). She teaches history of construction and architecture, theory of architecture, design studio and is involved in the academic coordination of the training in architectural engineering at ULB. Prof. Devos leads the AIA laboratory of BATir and is founding member of the joint ULB-VUB research group Construction Histories Brussels (http://chsb.ulb.be/). Her research focusses on exhibition architecture with particular interest in the role of modern architecture in the presentation of national identities. Her expertise in the history of modern architecture and construction deals primarily with historiography, as well as questions on collaboration, design tools and notions of knowledge exchange. 

Key publications

DEVOS Rika, Alexander ORTENBERG and Vladimir PAPERNY, eds., Messages of Peace. Images of War : Architecture of Great Exhibitions 1937-1959 (Surrey/Burlington: Ashgate, 2015), 256 pags.

DEVOS Rika and Bernard ESPION, “The hanging roofs of Expo 58: demonstrations of knowledge, prestige and ideals,” ICE – Engineering History and Heritage 165, EH3 (theme: Exhibitions, Bill Addis, red., 2012): 187-196.

DEVOS Rika, “Expo 58: the catalyst of Belgium’s Welfare State post-war governmental complexes?” Planning Perspectives 26, n.4 (2011): 649-659.

DEVOS Rika, “A Cold War Sketch. The visual antagonism of USA vs. USSR at Expo 58,” Belgisch Tijdschrift voor Filologie en Geschiedenis - Revue belge de Philologie et d’Histoire 87 (2009): 723-742.

DEVOS Rika and Mil DE KOONING, eds., L’Architecture moderne à l’Expo 58. ‘Pour un monde plus humain.’ (Bruxelles: Fonds Mercator/Dexia, 2006), 352 pages.