Gérald Ledent is an architectural engineer who graduated from UCLouvain, Belgium, and OSU, USA. He is an associate professor at UCLouvain in Brussels, where he teaches theory as well as in various studios. He holds a PhD in architecture; his thesis, entitled Potentiels Relationnels, explores the relationships between spaces and uses in domestic space. Dr Ledent plays a co-coordination role in the Uses&Spaces research team, in which his research interests focus on the relationship in architecture between uses and spaces, housing typo-morphologies and research by design. He has extensive experience in the fields of public buildings and collective housing developments in Belgium and abroad. He is also the co-founder of KIS studio (Keep It Simple studio), which aims to avoid unnecessary complexity in order to focus on the essentials.
Olivier Masson is a civil engineer architect, with a PhD in applied sciences. He is a professor in the UCLouvain Faculty of Architecture, Architectural Engineering and Urban Planning, where he teaches architectural design, architectural history, analysis and composition of buildings and research seminars. His research domain is environmental design with special interests in the elderly and educational spaces. His works are carried out within the Uses&Spaces Research Group and the Louvain4Ageing and Louvain4Education multidisciplinary platforms.
Chloé Salembier is an ethnologist and lecturer at UCLouvain. She teaches social sciences and co-coordinates the Uses&Spaces research team. She develops research on housing at different scales based on qualitative methodologies at the crossroads of human sciences, architecture and urban planning. These current research themes focus on precariousness, gender and the notion of commons.
Damien Vanneste is associate professor at the Catholic University of Lille (France). He works in the research team HADéPaS (specialized in participatory research on disability and ageing). His work focuses mainly on sociological studies about the links between ageing, housing and territories. He also teaches at UCLouvain (Belgium), where he is a member of the Uses&Spaces research team. He has recently published an article in the anthology D’une ville à l’autre. La comparaison internationale en sociologie urbaine (Editions La Découverte, Paris). He has also coordinated with Sébastien Fevry the most recent issue of the journal Les Politiques sociales, whose title is ‘Art, médiation culturelle et territoires’.