Lecture Announcement: Creating Meaningful and Captivating Architecture

Date:           April 17, 2024
Time:          12:30 – 1.30PM (BE time) / 7.30 – 8.30 AM (EST) / 6.30 – 7.30 PM (ICT)
Location:     University of Hasselt, Room E_B05 ARK faculty, Campus Diepenbeek
Livestream: via Google Meet
Speaker:     Steve Van Aelst, Director Architecture, VA.NG Van Aelst I Nguyen & Partners

The Department of Architecture at the University of Hasselt is thrilled to invite you to an inspiring lecture titled “Creating Meaningful and Captivating Architecture,” delivered by Steve Van Aelst, co-founder, and Director Architecture at Van Aelst I Nguyen & Partners (VA.NG). With an international career spanning over 20 years, Steve has been Leading various type mixed-use, hospitality and cultural award-winning projects.

Lecture Overview:
In the ever-evolving landscape of architecture, the creation of spaces that resonate with individuals on a personal and communal level is more critical than ever. This lecture delves into the heart of what makes architecture truly captivating and meaningful. Steve will share his unique insights and experiences, highlighting the importance of context, sustainability, and innovation in contemporary design. Attendees will be guided through a journey of exploration, from conceptualization to realization, with real-world examples that showcase how architecture can transcend its physical form in an international context.

Key Topics Include:
– Understanding Local Constraints
– The role of historical context in contemporary design
– Integrating sustainable practices for future-proof architecture
– Embracing technological advancements while preserving architectural integrity
– Intercultural Collaboration, differences and similarities
– Steve’s personal design philosophy, storytelling and notable projects

Who Should Attend:
This is a ‘open lecture’ and free for everyone to attend. The lecture is also in collaboration between the University of Hasselt, Belgium with CPUT, South Africa. The lecture can also be followed through livestream. The link will be shared in advance. The lecture is for architecture students, practicing architects, urban planners, and anyone with a keen interest in how the built environment shapes and is shaped by human experiences. Whether you are just beginning your journey in architecture or are a seasoned professional, this lecture promises to ignite your passion and expand your understanding of what it means to create truly impactful spaces in an Asian context.

Attendance is free, but registration is required. Please RSVP by April 15, 2024, to secure your spot. For virtual attendees, a link will be provided upon registration.


Don’t miss this opportunity to gain invaluable insights from a Belgian Architect working in an International Context. Join us for an evening of learning, inspiration, and conversation as we explore creating meaningful and captivating architecture within a global context.