Anne-Françoise Morel (°1983) has an MA in Art History and a PhD in History of Architecture from the University of Ghent (Belgium). In 2012 she also obtained the Alfred Cahen award for her Postgraduate studies in International Politics (CERIS, Brussels). Her research focuses on the ritual construction of meaning in architecture, on architectural transfers operating through travel guides and on early modern aesthetics. Her book volume “Glorious Temple and Babylonic Whores, the Architecture of Stuart Church Building in England through the Lens of Consecration Sermons” should be published in 2016. Morel initiated and supervises the project “Imagining the Orient before Orientalism: Georgian Travellers and the Emergence of Taste in 18th Century British Architecture” which is conducted by Lobke Geurs (drs.). As a long-time member of the GEMCA (Group for Early Modern Cultural Analysis, UCLouvain) Morel is also involved in the study of the use of architectural metaphors in the texts of Maximilian Sandaeus, a book volume will appear in 2016 published by Champion (Paris).
Since 2011 Morel has worked at several national and international institutions as a post-doctoral researcher including the Yale Center for British Art Studies, the UCLouvain and Ghent University. Her research was awarded and funded by the F.W.O., the F.N.R.S., the Francqui Foundation and the Paul Mellon Centre.
Since October 2015 Morel is appointed Assistant Professor at the KULeuven department and Faculty of Architecture. She teaches History of Architecture and History of interior Architecture and is envolved the department’s research track in Early Modern Architectural History and Theory.