Treasurer of the board of directors

Bernard Sintobin

Bernard Sintobin (° 1952, Izegem) has a degree in civil engineering and completed his education at the Vlerick Business School. He was active for 35 years in diverse industrial sectors (textile, brewing, packaging) as commercial director, general director and managing director, mainly in family and medium sized enterprises. At the same time he was also a volunteer with Amnesty International: he was director of Amnesty Flanders for 7 years, and a member of the International Board of Amnesty International from 2009 to 2015. As international treasurer, he was also chairman of the Finance & Audit Committee and the Remuneration Committee. From 2016 until 2020 he was the COO of the nonprofit Wereldmediahuis, the publisher of MO* Magazine. He also held a number of governance positions in the nonprofit sector.

Secretary of the board of directors

Véronique Patteeuw

Dr. Ir. Architect Véronique Patteeuw (°1974, Borgerhout) is maître de conférence at the Ecole Nationale Supérieure d’Architecture et du Paysage de Lille and visiting professor at KULeuven. She was a visiting professor at Harvard GSD, Rotterdam Study Abroad Program and lectured at Columbia University New York, IIT Chicago and EPFL Lausanne amongst others. Since 2005, she is the academic editor of OASE, Journal for Architecture. Patteeuw’s work focuses on the history and theory of architectural representation and the history and theory of postmodern architecture. Her phd entitled “Architects without Architecture” questioned the role of architectural journals as spaces of architectural production in the decade preceding 1968 at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts (Paris). She recently co-edited Critical Regionalism Revisited (NAi Publishers 2019), The Architecture of the Architecture Magazine (NAi Publishers, 2018), and Mediated Messages: Periodicals, Exhibitions and the Shaping of Postmodern Architecture (Bloomsbury, 2018). She currently conducts research on the collages of OMA as forms of architectural production.

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Aslı Çiçek

Aslı Çiçek (° 1978, Istanbul) obtained her master diploma in 2004 from the Architecture and Design department of Academy of Fine Arts in Munich. In 2005 she settled in Belgium where she worked as project architect at Gigantes Zenghelis Architects and Robbrecht en Daem architecten. She is associate professor at Hasselt University, Faculty of Architecture and Arts and guest professor at Ghent University, Department of Architecture and Urban Planning. Between 2009 and 2020 she has been a tutor in several design ateliers at KU Leuven Faculty of Architecture, in the campuses Brussels and Ghent. She regularly contributes to architectural magazines and publications, was the co-editor of the 11th Flemish Architectural Review and is since 2017 in the editorial board of OASE architecture journal. In 2015 she founded her practice with a focus on exhibition architecture. She lives and works in Brussels.

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Stijn Oosterlynck

Stijn Oosterlynck (° 1979, Izegem) is professor of urban sociology at the University of Antwerp (UA). He teaches courses on urban studies  and on poverty and social inequality. Stijn is head of the Centre for Research on Environmental and Social Change and chairman of the Antwerp Urban Studies Institute, an interdisciplinary research platform that brings together all the urban researchers at UA. He conducts research into new forms of solidarity in diversity in cities, the politics of urban development and planning, social mix and segregation, the governance of urban diversity local social innovation and the restructuring of the welfare state,  and civil society innovation. He is the Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Antwerp based housing cooperative Collectief Goed and Rataplan vzw.

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Ruth Joos

Ruth Joos (° 1976, Dendermonde) has been working at VRT Radio since the beginning of the century. She began her career at VRT as a theatre critic for the then newly reformed Klara. For three years she presented the cultural programme for young people “Mecca” at Studio Brussel. In 2007 and 2008 she was jury president of the Golden Owl Prize for Literature. In 2007 she moved to Radio 1 where she first presented the cultural programme “Mezzo”, and from 2010 to 2013 the talk show “Joos”. Joos then contributed to “Studio de stad” on Canvas and to the Radio 1 programme on the 2014 World Cup. Since April 2015, she has been one of the presenters of the radio programme “The World Today”. She writes and interviews about literature for newspapers, magazines and cultural centres in Flanders and the Netherlands.

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Guy Gypens

Guy Gypens (° 1962, Herk-de-Stad) is currently Head of Performing Arts at KANAL-Centre Pompidou in Brussels. After obtaining a master’s degree in economic science and an MBA in marketing & human resource management he became the administrator at the Beursschouwburg in Brussels from 1987 to 1991. From 1991 until 2007 he was Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker and her dance company Rosas’ general manager. Simultaneously, he worked for some years as theatre company tg STAN’s and contemporary music ensemble Ictus’ manager. From 1996 to 2000 he also directed the Springdance Festival in Utrecht. From 2007 until 2019 he was the general and artistic director of the Kaaitheater arts centre in Brussels.

Chairman of the board of directors

Michiel Dehaene

Michiel Dehaene (° 1971, Leuven) is associate professor in urbanism at the department of Architecture and Urban Planning of Ghent University where he teaches courses in Urban Analysis and Design. (1971) He holds a Master Degree in Engineering-Architecture (KULeuven 1994), a Master of Architecture in Urban Design (Harvard University 1997) and a PhD in Architecture and Urbanism (KULeuven 2002). He is an expert on urban and sub-urban renewal, the (planning)history of dispersed urban development, sustainable cities and food planning. He is the chairman of the Flemish Jury of Urban Renewal Projects in Flanders. He is a cofounder of the ‘Stadsacademie’(urban academy), a transdisciplinary co-laboratorium of Ghent University and the City of Ghent working with students, academics, civil servants and civil society based partners on wicked, sustainability related urban questions. His long term work has been structured around the incorporation of urban theories and theories of urbanization within the fields of planning and design, moving away from normative design theory. This work includes systematic work on urban development models and territorial strategies that support the agroecological production of food. With Chiara Tornaghi he leads the JPI SUGI Urbanising in Place project on the development of an Agroecological Urbanism.