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University of Leuven, The Department of Architecture, Urbanism and Planning

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The Department of Architecture, Urbanism and Planning (ASRO) is part of the Faculty of Engineering of the K.U.Leuven,
Located in the unique setting of the Arenberg Park, a lush and historic greenbelt close to the city centre, the venue is reflecting the Department’s own fascinating history.

Through various reforms including the recent BAMA-reform, the Department has progressively developed into an up-to-date organisation, employing some 100 staff in four research units, four colleges and two centres.

Research at the ASRO department is conducted by four divisions:

  1. Architectural History and Conservation
  2. Theory of Urbanism and Architecture (OSA)
  3. Design and Building Methodology
  4. Planning and Development

These research divisions are guided by professors; further staff includes junior researchers, PHD students and post-doctoral researchers. Scientific projects are being financed by different organizations such as FWO (Research Foundation – Flanders), ‘Bijzonder Onderzoeksfonds’ (a university fund financed by the Flemish Government), IWT (Institute for the Promotion of Innovation by Science and Technology in Flanders), European funds, etc. Research at ASRO is fundamental as well as applied, and covers the wide range of the built environment. This fosters a diversity of mutually enriching and complementary approaches. We mention in particular the focus on development contexts, mainly in the Planning & Development and OSA divisions.

University of Leuven, ASRO Department of Architecture & Urban Planning, local contact Prof. Hilde HEYNEN,

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