Oana Bogdan, RO/BE
Until the end of 2022, the Romanian-Belgian architect Oana Bogdan was operating as Bogdan & Van Broeck with co-founder Leo Van Broeck. The Brussels-based practice reconfigured under the name &bogdan, which stands for cooperation and promotes the “follow me I’m right behind you” type of leadership. Bogdan’s problem-solving mentality and cooperative ethos come together to create spatial conditions for collective life. Here she questions the architect’s traditional role, believing that the profession’s skills can be used to navigate the complexity of many areas of life. Embracing this ability to translate to other contexts, Bogdan took on the role of Secretary of State for cultural heritage in the Romanian Government which assumed leadership of the country in 2016. In 2021 she was appointed Chairwoman of the ‘Good Living’ Expert Committee in charge of the reform of Brussels Region’s building code.
Tom Boogaerts, BE
architect, executive director
Tom graduated from the Sint-Lucas Hogeschool in Brussels and collaborated for two years with Europan 6-winners UR architects prior to joining our office in 2010. His background is comprised of an amalgam of architecture, urbanism, landscape and design research, with a strong focus on social relevance enabling him to navigate between studies, design assignments and execution. Together with other experts, Tom coordinated our research project “Urbanity Task Force”. Next to his dedicated design and management of operations up to 30.000m², such as Den Travoo or the Campus Unesco Koekelberg, Tom’s in-depth knowledge of the architectural world supports our team on the related technical, legal and financial frameworks.
Sarah Poot, BE [1987-2023]
Sarah was a sensitive friend, exceptionally strong woman, brilliant architect and pillar of &bogdan who passed away way too early. She honoured us with her brilliance and dedication for eight years, whether it was strategically thinking about the future of &bogdan, lecturing about our work, leading winning projects or doing research by design for the reform of new urban regulations of Brussels Region.
Sarah embodied our international and multidisciplinary mindset. She studied in France and Sweden, graduated as the laureate of the International Master of Architecture of the KU Leuven campus Brussels, and was shortlisted finalist of Europan 14. Collaborations with Taktyk and Atelier Matador allowed her to sharpen a multifaceted background spanning over architecture, landscape, urban design and social endeavours. Prior to joining our team in 2015, Sarah collaborated with us on the Land-use Series, a recurrent concern in her body of work. She designed and coordinated complex projects such as Bijgaardehof, The Cosmopolitan or NovaCity, with a logical yet sensitive mind and a practical approach to problem solving. Her constant strive for quality inspired our team and partners, behind – and beyond – the scenes.
Felix Ballauf, DE
Besides being trained as an architect at the Bauhaus-University in Weimar, Felix holds a degree in architectural history from the Bartlett, London. Next to previous professional experiences including academic teaching, he has been publishing his awarded work on architectural history and theory since 2013. Since he joined our team in 2016, Felix broadens the scope of our designs, by enfolding them in a rigorous body of references reflecting about time, space and aesthetics. As our BIM manager, Felix makes sure that these timeless dimensions are embedded in our projects through the most recent technologies of the building sector and implements his analytical expertise in complex projects such as Calevoet and Rabelais.
Marta Pawlowska-Deib, PL
Marta graduated with a Master in Architecture and Urban Design at the Silesian University of Technology in Poland. Her academic body of work and previous professional experiences in the Netherlands have allowed her to deepen a technical yet sensitive approach to urban design, where territorial water structures overlap with the consolidation of public spaces. Since she joined our team in 2016, her derived understanding of how spatial parameters affect the construction of societies allowed her to empower local communities through design: for instance with the adaptive reuse of parish churches in Flanders, or the implementation of the collective ambitions of the 58 households and the local healthcare centre of our project Bijgaardehof.
Andreea Rădulescu, RO
Andreea completed her Master of Architecture in Bucharest including a year long Erasmus exchange in Madrid. Her internship at Henning Larsen in Germany and a first post-graduate position at the award-winning Bucharest-based architecture studio STARH allowed her to develop her meticulous sense of detail. She relocated in Belgium in 2018 and sharpened her critical mindset with DierendonckBlancke architecten and TRANS architectuur stedenbouw. In our team since 2020, Andreea’s interest in collections and memories of any kind insuflates creative and poetic solutions in the development of our projects at all stages.
Hanna Smulczyńska, PL
engineer architect, landscaper
Hanna obtained her Master in Architecture at the Poznan University of Technology, with an in-depth research on the ecological impact of urban design, architecture and green public spaces in the city. She also holds a Bachelor’s degree in landscape architecture from the Poznan University of Life Science. In parallel with her studies she gained two years of experience at the PLANINO Architekci in Poznan, which she reinforced with an internship at U/Define in Bruges after graduation. Driven by values such as improving the quality of our (living) environment through a better sharing of space between humans and nature, Hanna’s skills and eagerness to master the BIM technologies anchors our projects in an intense co-creation process since she joined our team in 2021.
Aaron Swartjes, BE
Aaron graduated as the laureate from the International Master of KULeuven campus Sint-Lucas Brussel. His master dissertation unfolded an architectural strategy for community empowerment and self-managed regeneration of a deteriorating neighbourhood in Havana, Cuba. Internships in Belgium and Ecuador allowed him to position concepts in a regional and international framework embedded in a deep understanding of the local reality and social aspects of the relevant community. Prior to joining the team in 2021, Aaron focussed on projects redefining urban economy, culture in the city and collective living with TRANS. Aaron thrives when given the opportunity to enhance the value of collective space and social relevance of our projects.
Julia van de Graaf, BE
Julia’s Master in Architecture at the Federal Polytechnical School of Lausanne strongly focused on the urban social context. Collaborative research allowed her to experiment with spatial architectural mechanisms that have the potential to become social catalysts, such as the project «Four banal», an urban installation that requalifies public space and fosters encounters around food sharing. During her 2 years of collaboration at the Architecture and Scenography Studio YKRA in Geneva, she developed a sensibility towards materiality, composition and storytelling. In our team since 2021, Julia’s dynamism and critical thinking enrich our projects in many creative ways, within the perspective of future users.
Tom Maindiaux, BE
Tom graduated as an engineer architect at UCLouvain, with an international exchange at the Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú. Tom’s master thesis focussed on the cross-section of two so-called “ends” of the spectrum of our daily body of work : urban (infra)structure as a social catalyst on one side, spatial phenomena and materiality on the other. In addition to previous experiences in architectural offices in Antwerp and Brussels, Tom is also completing a master’s degree in philosophy. Since he joined our team in 2022, these two complementary fields of expertise come together when it comes to ensure the consistency and relevance of our projects, as he reflects on ways to build and builds ways of thinking.
Quinten Malfait, BE
Quinten graduated as a laureate from KU Leuven, Brussels Faculty of Architecture, in 2021. His thesis examined contemporary forms of religion and the ‘re-valuation’ of postwar churches in Flanders. In addition, he obtained an advanced master’s degree in Cultural Anthropology where he further explored the interwovenness of both disciplines. Hence, his sensitivity for the complex entanglements between human and nonhuman actors in our urban atmospheres. Quinten’s design-thinking focuses on the idea and image of ‘places’, which to him is a common language between the city and its citizens. Since 2022, his engagement in the team is in correspondence with the office’s core values of collective ‘life’.
María Rodríguez, ES
Maria graduated as a laureate in 2017 from the Polytechnical School of Madrid (ETSAM), including a year on Erasmus in Paris (ENSAPB). After initial professional experiences in Madrid and Paris, she collaborated for five years with Ouest Architecture in Brussels, where she coordinated various renovations of private and cultural projects, including the transformation of a former classified cinema into a Laboratory for Artistic and Civic Activities. She shaped her approach to architecture during her master’s thesis, “The Extraordinary of the common”. Maria sees each project as an opportunity to catalyse the potential of the existing conditions, approach that enriches our projects since she joined the team in 2023.
Cente Van Hout, BE
Cente obtained a Master’s degree in Architecture from the University of Hasselt, where he graduated with his proposal to liberate a Flemish allotment from its property and household structure. His work reflects a desire to explore new ways of living in which economic and political dynamics can be challenged. Hence, he expresses himself in the form of dialogue, which he mediates through essays, drawings, and podcasts. In recognition of his critical approach and storytelling skills, Cente was awarded the Prix Godecharle for his proposal on the Brussels north area. On top of this, he has collaborated with a2o on multiple cultural and contemplative projects, including the transformation of a crematorium in Wilrijk. He joined the &bogdan team in 2023, where he shares their passion for innovative and critical thinking.
Isis Desmaison, FR
Isis graduated in 2017 from the ENSA Lyon, specializing in “ALT” Architecture, Strategy and Emerging Practices. This Master, based on alternative ways of doing architecture, led her to join a group of young scenography designers. It therefore became essential to question practice and experiment. Later, she co-founded Bâbord collective, which built a floating platform. This in-situ research tool, was sailing for re-appropriation of the Brussels Canal and its surroundings. Her thesis entitled “Towards a new way of making cities” enabled her to understand the mechanics of today’s territories. She joined the office in 2023 to play an active role into designing in a qualitative & responsible way, because matter matters.
&bogdan was born at the end of 2022 out of BOGDAN & VAN BROECK, founded by arch. Oana Bogdan (RO/BE) and prof.eng.arch. Leo Van Broeck (BE) in 2007.
arch. & urban designer Emilie Bechet (BE) | interior designer, office manager Heidi Bosteels (BE) | arch. Laura Bown (BE) | eng. arch. Karel Burssens (BE) | eng. arch. Andriy Bruyninckx (BE) | public relations & graphic design Sarah Cleeremans (BE/US) | stud. arch. Manon Coppens (BE) | arch. Matteo Corbellini (IT) | arch. Loïc Croegaert (BE) | eng. arch. Maxime Czvek (BE) | public relations & design Frederik Deschuytter (BE) | stud. arch. Anett Farkas (HU) | eng. arch. Nathan Fredrick (BE) | arch. Léonard Gallegos (BE) | stud. arch. Léonore Grec (FR) | arch. Olivier Herman (BE) | public relations resp. Tine Holvoet (BE) | arch. Valentin Ionescu (RO) | eng. arch. Laura Janssens (BE) | cultural expert, office manager Bastien Lauwers (BE) | eng. arch. Michael Lefeber (BE) | arch. Sofie Liesenborghs (BE) | arch. Vanessa Mertens (BE) | eng. arch. & urban designer Muriel Mulier (BE) | arch. Batiste Museo (FR) | stud. arch. Stefan Nechita (RO) | arch. Zebulon A. Nelessen (USA) | stud. arch. Hannelore Pauwels (BE) | stud. arch. Natalia Petkova (GB) | stud. arch. Joanna Plak (PL) | eng. arch. Marian Pocuch (SK) | arch. Ionut Popa (RO) | arch. Stefano Privitera (IT) | arch. Thomas Rigby (FR) | arch. Barbara Sandra (BE) | urban anthropologist, office manager Martina Schwab (DE) | service designer Agata Smok (PL) | arch. Zora Starcevic (RS) | eng.arch. Miguel Steel Lebre (PT) | arch. William Riche (BE) | eng. arch., computational designer Dimitrie A. Stefanescu (RO) | arch. Linde Stellamans (BE) | eng. arch. Philip Stessens (BE) | arch. ass. Steven Stessens (BE) | arch. Aron Sümeghy (HU) | admin. ass. Valérie Talamini (BE) | eng. arch Pieter Thibaut (BE) | arch. Maarten Tierens (BE) | arch. Charlotte Truwant (FR) | arch. Félicien Umbreit (BE) | arch. Miguel Valério (PT) | arch. Lourenço van Innis (PT) | eng. arch. Erik Vandenpoel (BE) | stud. arch. Nik Vandewyngaerde (BE) | arch. Stephanie Vander Goten (BE) | resp. communication / arch. Tessy Vanmechelen (BE) | eng. arch. Matthias Van Rossen (BE) | arch. Louisa Vermoere (BE) | arch. Simon Verstraete (BE) | eng. arch. Ken Vervaet (BE) | eng. arch. & urban designer Thomas Willemse (BE)