Sofie De Caigny, Director, Flanders Architecture Institute

On the programme this week we’re joined by Sofie De Caigny, Director of VAi, the Flanders Architecture Institute.  

The VAi is based in Antwerp – across two buildings – with gallery space and public programmes taking place in the International Arts Campus deSingel.

Sofie De Caigny. Image Credit: Dries Luyten

As well as their extensive public programme, every two years the institute produces the Flanders Architecture Review, a major publication presenting a generous selection of recently completed projects across Flanders and Brussels.  Now in its 14th edition the review presents as snapshot of the architecture of a certain place and time, with an analysis of the trends and successes. 

I spoke to Sofie last week down the line from Antwerp, where the VAi’s offices are slowly starting to re-open. 

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CIVA is the Brussels architecture centre, based at the Kanal Centre Pompidou, and old Citroen Factory in the north of Brussels. 

Place Flagey, in Brussels was redeveloped in the 2000s from an ugly car part to new public square.  The European Commission’s Berlaymont HQ Building was renovated over 10 years. 

Sofie mentions a number of emerging architects: Architecten de vylder vinck taillieu, noAarchitecten, Coussée en Goris architecten, Bovenbouw Architectuur, Eagles of Architecture, Schenk Hattori

Zaha Hadid Architects’ Port Authority Building in Antwerp was opened in 2016.  The MAS museum by Neutelings Riedijk Architects opened in Antwerp opened in 2010. 

Wallpaper* Magazine’s coverage of Antwerp is here with the city guide here.

The Flemish Government Architect is the Vlaams Bouwmeester.

ICAM is the international confederation of architectural museums. We mentioned the link with our interview with Giovanna Borasi of the Canadian Centre for Architecture.