Charlotte Ardui is a PhD candidate for the KU Leuven Faculty of Architecture. She works on the research project RE[ ]CHURCH in which she focuses on the intrinsic potential for adaptive reuse of post‐war church buildings. The overall goal is to build a methodological framework for systematic uncovering of spatial, cultural and social potential of modern religious patrimony through research-by-design. Afterwards, this framework will be tested and valorized in a number of hypothetical cases through full-scale interventions and hands-on workshops. Charlotte is also a teaching assistant in an international design studio called ‘OMG-Van God Los’ (2020, KU Leuven). This studio will offer a laboratory setting for the research project.
Since completing her studies in Architecture at the University of Antwerp (2009-2016) Charlotte has been interested in translating conceptual strategies into the actual stacking of bricks. Therefore when not at the construction site, she participated in (international) design competitions and workshops. Furthermore, Charlotte is a laureate of the ‘Meesterproef 2017–adaptive reuse’, where she suggested a set of low-tech process-based transformations and a new use for an ancient dovecote in Wilrijk.
RE[ ]CHURCH is supervised by prof. dr. Sven Sterken and dr. Roel De Ridder.