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Frederik Berte - f(Be) Master of Architecture 2013 - University of Cincinnati DAAP, USA Bachelor in Product Development 2010 - Artesis Antwerp, BE Master of Interior Architecture 2009 - Wenk Sint-Lucas Gent, BE

index Master of Architecture architecture . thesis - tripologies | showcasing collaborative & creative production . SEC wellness centre at Cranbrook Academy of Art, Michigan (USA) . 2-week Urban Land Institute Gerald D. Hines competition, Houston TX (USA) . Why Tall competition, Mumbai (India)

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product development . Lounge chair . Light . Table . Fabric casting (Concrete modular systems) . Fabrication seminar - modular screen + storage system

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professional work . internship at Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture . internship at Gensler, Houston TX (USA) . internship at Frederic Schwartz Architects, NYC (USA) . internship at Fabiaan Van Severen, Gent (BE)

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Past work from Belgium Bachelor + Master of Interior Architecture . Master project - temporary place of refuge . De-fold - reconversion of Sint-Jansbaptist church, Gent (BE) . Sculpture - repetition on the monastery’s attic

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Bachelor in Product Development

Frederik Berte - f(Be)

. Near Field Communication in the school environment . Shirtmask - anti stigmatization of the mouth mask

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Thesis - tripologies: showcasing collaborative & creative production | Master of Architecture ‘13 [in progress]

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Young generations, such as the millennials are growing up in a dynamic, yet

complicated era, exposed to continuously accelerating advancements in technology and mobility, making the world seemingly smaller every day. Simultaneously, higher education is at crossroads, desperately trying to reinvent itself in this new age of ever continuing developments, slowly pushing itself towards

integrating corporate models, and making way for a globalized talent and knowl-

Create an institution that complements the european higher education system, adding to its competitive character on a global scale .

edge economy. youth unemployment CreateHigh a destination, where throughout the world reveals the

research, work, living and atmosphere. large gap between the academic and corporate recreation become an intertwined experience This ‘tripologies’ thesis proposes to blur. the boundaries between three segments of life that are universally experienced segregated and isolated into one interactive environment, saturated with creativity, talent and knowledge capital.

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The combination and hybridization of residential life, work environment and hospitality will each contribute to an incubator where young urban professionals and graduate students can pursue and develop their dreams, materialize innovations, and expand their starting professional network to make them happen. The key focus of this future development revolves around the synergy that emerges from the collaboration of talented individuals and the interaction of their ideas. This tripologies thesis will propose a much needed framework; one which can provide for when these creative minds collide, socialize and inspire each other.

Create a framework that Provide a unique living Currently, precedents are omnipresent that show incredible results through colallows for social contact & experience, where the laborations between various fields and expertises. networking, resulting in notion of ‘neighborhood’ research development & is placed back in the The project site has been chosen in the United Kingdom, more specifically at collaboration . city context .

King’s Cross, which is rooted along a key transportation hub in London. This is

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an ideal location to experiment with the ideas of the tripologies concept. The goal is to create an intercultural and multidisciplinary springboard for young academics and professionals to launch their (global) careers, forming a figurative bridge between the academic and the business world.

Promote the mingling of cultures and disciplines to enhance the sparking of ideas .

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Create a showcase of design talent, connecting young individuals to a target market or future employer .

talent, connecting young individuals to a target market or future employer .

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showcasing the connections between the various parts of tripologies.

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atmosphere image - teaser

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wellness center at Cranbrook Academy of Art - SEC part I | Master of Architecture Fall ‘10 | project docent : Terry Boling

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On the Eastern side of the wellness center a small space is designated where people can gather around, organize performances and make use of the hill as seating, which is created by the change in topography and all ready present. The Eastern side shows the deformation from the present roundabout form to an angled variant. It also has the highest points of the building, which seems to sink into the ground on the opposite Western side. This side is where people get dropped off or enter the site nowadays. The low side of the building lures the visitors to the building with a soft edge and trees piercing over the roof, triggering the interest of the passerby.



Between the walls of nature and built environment is a large grass lawn, only interrupted by the aforementioned roundabout, a street and a fountain. Sparsely spread over the lawn, are the beginning pieces of what could become a sculpture garden, which represents the character that surrounds the art school. The first scheme of this building is conceived as if the structure itself is a sculpture. It also takes over a space that does not work well in the current conditions. It controls the circulation and perception of space in its environment. On the Western side, it forms the last of four edges to create a human-scaled plaza. The building facade looks towards the natatorium, designed by the architects Tod Williams & Billie Tsien. The other two edges are formed by a pine tree forest and an older school building that is partially covered by a secondary plant border in front of it.


On the Eero Saarinen masterplan campus of Cranbrook, Michigan, a wellness center is designated. The site is considered as the ‘backside’ of the campus, where new buildings have risen out of the ground in the latest years, but failed to revitalise this space. Everything seems in balance with the bordering nature, except for the vehicular intrusion into the historic part of the campus. This happens through a roundabout which serves little function.




The angle of the building has multiple purposes. Firstly, it blocks views into the private courtyard that is used by the spa, while framing the sky and directing the eyes of the visitor towards the treetops as well as the sky on the Northern Side. It also allows for cross ventilation throughout the building. The sculpted building disappears into the ground. The exterior perimeter consists of a uniform frosted channel glass facade, that permits light deep into the building but keeps unwanted eyes away. The interior design is a sloping slab , that slowly brings the visitor deeper into the ground, with the warmest wellness spaces at the deepest point below the surface, where the least direct light is found as well. Summarized, the hospitality spaces of the program are located near the entrance above ground and on a second floor. Then there is a transition to the pure wellness spaces that descent into the ground.

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wellness center at Cranbrook Academy of Art - SEC part II | Master of Architecture Spring ‘11 | project docent : Patricia Kucker

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under foot plan of new design on campus p. 12

The second design of the wellness center goes back to the formal building forms that are present on the campus, but it challenges the current structure, by putting itself dominant on the site. The users of the campus can’t avoid it, but are confronted and are forced to make directive choices. The basement level is entered through a staircase and opens up onto a warm and open space that is accentuated by a monumental, radiating lighting element piercing through an opening in the ceiling to the ground floor. When descended from the stairs , the visitor looks onto the nook that features the saunas and steam rooms. The attention of the wellness guest is immediately drawn to the left, where an abundance of light falls into the space. The wellness spaces are organized around the outdoor pool, that also features a covered area with lounge seating and a heated whirlpool. Inside, alongside the outdoor pool, divided thermally but not visually, is an aromatic pool that continues underneath a bridge which connects to the hot pools zone. This side is divided by semi-low and high walls to create a very intimate and dark atmosphere. Here is also a sculptural staircase that serves as the fire escape from this floor. The ground floor entrance is located at the Western side of the building. The monumental staircase from the basement meets one that comes from the second floor. It is located at an extension of the South wall to draw attention to the entrance. Here, the visitor is welcomed at the reception, with a bordering workspace for the personnel. All the spaces are designed around the atrium that looks down on the outdoor pool, one floor below. Two studio spaces are designed as two storey volumes that pierces through the building, where people can exercise in group activities. Three therapy rooms are also included on the ground floor, which together with the studios form the dry activity spaces in the project. The last zone on the ground floor is the dressing area that forms the transition towards the wet wellness spaces one floor down. The second floor is designed as the guest floor and features amenities as private sleeping rooms, a library, a lounge area, work pods, an outdoor terrace, a kitchen and dinner zone.










wellness center atmosphere .

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section cut through building .


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The wall construction of the new wellness design features massive lime stone walls as the exterior finish. It gives the building its monumental and contemporary character as a sculpture, while relating back to the existing materials, used on the campus. EXTERIOR WALL ASSEMBLY Shingled stone cladding panels (10’ x 2.5’) connected to a HSS4 (4”) steel tube substructure, with welded C-profiles to carry the loads to the steel tube substructure. Behind this is a membrane to prevent moisture and air from entering the building which is attached to 2” of insulation. The bearing structure consists of a 12” CMU concrete block wall with steel reinforcement. The interior finishes onto this bearing wall, differ from space to space within the building. FLOOR ASSEMBLY The finish of the floor is different according to each space. Underneath the floor finish is a 5.25” concrete slab with radiant heating on 3” of hard insulation. This rests on a 3” steel deck that bridges the 18” structural I-beams with secondary 10” wide flange W10x30 that are placed 72” on center. Underneath is a 24” lowered ceiling in the basement.

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wellness center atmosphere .

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ULI / Gerald D Hines competition - 2 week design competition | Master of Architecture Winter ‘12 | competition at University of Cincinnati, USA

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nexus was developed throughout an intense twoweek design competition with an inter-disciplinary team. The goal was to create a more pedestrianoriented development connected to downtown and various other districts in Houston, TX. Competition in collaboration with Danny Ruberg, John Ritter, Ico Abreu and Jonathan Sutton.

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Develop a connected pedestrian environment in downtown Houston • Extend the public greenway to the Buffalo Bayou master plan • Create a mixed use podium of connected public spaces and separate from car culture • Maintain a convenient access to the site, in close proximity to parking Promote public transportation use • Provide on site bus stop • Link paths to the University of Houston Light Rail station Cultivate the diversity of Houston’s economy & culture • Implement international offices for business and trade • Promote cultural exchange between local and international arts communities • Utilize public spaces adjacent to site (Houston Ballet, Music Hall and Market Square Park) Improve Houston’s tourism downtown • Capitalize on the quantity of business travel from Houston’s airport • Develop diverse site program, catering to Houston’s residents and out of town visitors Structure a financially responsible development • Maximize the sites physical and monetary potential • Mitigate Central Houston Foundation’s development risk, through a property lease partnership • Generate secure long-term revenue streams for Central Houston Foundation

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perspective overlooking the riverfront and Nexus Boulevard

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Why Tall Competition | participation with b°RRn competition group - Summer ‘11

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According to the UNFPA, by 2030 we will have over 5 billion people living in cities. Out of this growth arises the architect’s challenge to define space for our burgeoning population. Tall building design has moved past the pure function of engineering the tallest structure to show ones power. Skyscrapers need to respond more broadly to the needs of their urban conditions. The intrinsic motivation for the design is derived from the desire to develop well-crafted places by preserving the surrounding landscapes that and will ultimately serve the needs of all humans. It is paramount for tall buildings, that inevitably consume a large amount of resources, to take on the role of cultivating the growth of sustainable cities, in order to improve the quality of life for its inhabitants. Through insightful design approaches, the efficiency of tall buildings can progress our communities and society by preserving valuable public space in the urban core. More broadly, the efficiency of building within existing infrastructures will help protect our agricultural landscapes. In India, by the year 2030, 91 million urban households will be considered middle class, up from 22 million today. This increase will account for between 700-900 million square meters of commercial and residential space, equivalent to developing a footprint the size of the city of Chicago every year (source: McKinsey Global Institute / India’s Urban Awakening, April 2010).

Mumbai, the largest city in India, is one of the most congested cities in the world and prime for answering the question of Why Tall. The chosen site in this city, Khatau Mills, is one of many abandoned textile mills in the city of Mumbai. Ironically, these abandoned textile mills sit in strategic locations in the urban core throughout Mumbai and are opportunities for private and public development in Mumbai to take advantage of the possibilities of urbanization. This can be done by utilizing infrastructure and mass transportation and by developing new construction and building technologies to support these already dense population areas. It is also an opportunity for building prototypes that respond to the many environmental problems that plague Mumbai, such as air pollution, flood control, fresh water, and resupplying the public green space that continues to diminish.

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permeability .

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Irrigation / storm water .

Our design approach seeks to push the limits of prefabrication to achieve affordable, fast, and high quality building. Site selection and site design began with research of many dense cities and understanding the problems that exist throughout the world. Our design focuses on how our specific site can serve to improve the quality of life in Mumbai. Specific issues addressed include but not limited to:

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Outdoor covered green space


Broad open views to the sky


Flood control


On site agriculture


On site power generation


Air pollution


Affordable housing


Use of sustainable local materials

Section perspectives tower .

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a selection from the available series of floorplans .

tv area terrace




small bedroom small bedroom

receive tv


small bedroom dine

small bedroom

master bed

master bed dine

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master bedroom storage



walk-in closet cook


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bathroom toilet


shower room

guest toilet

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single residence

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Single residence w/ covered terrace

3BR residence w/ covered terrace

3BR extended residence

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Overview development .

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Lounge Chair Design | Master of Architecture Fall ‘11 | Furniture Design Seminar | Project Docent : Hank Hildebrandt

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The lounge chair is conceptually based on the MVS Chaise of Maarten Van Severen, naturally balancing the body in the chair. The person’s gravity point is carefully placed at the counterpoint of the chair, allowing for effortless tilting back and forth between positions of the chair. The wood material, completely constructed out of baltic birch plywood, gives a warm character and smooth finish. This seminar was the first stage in the development of the chair: a form and movement study, centering around balance. The next stage is to develop the leg details that will dampen the impact of the chair when it hits the ground, as well as a cushioning system. The chair will be covered with white furniture oil, which will preserve the light character of the baltic birch and fill in the gaps with a white color. The chair is very strict in line but still very comfortable when combined with a head cushion. Several iterations were designed and two prototypes were made to perfect the balance point and to optimize the flexibility and thickness of the plywood, in order to promote the feeling of floating above the ground when tilted back in the chair. The first prototype was designed with multiple puzzle pieces, so optimal width of the chair and legs could be tested. The first prototype originally had two armrests, making it harder to get out of the chair. This promoted the search and prototyping of new options that would make one of the armrests obsolete. The balance point of the point was brought forward, by sinking the seat and backrest in the profile very subtly. This made the balance point of the user to be strictly within a triangle of the two counterpoints and one extra leg, which is the extension of the one armrest. This provides a very interesting dynamic to the chair: both sides have different profiles, equally beautiful. The repetition of the strips of plywood in the chair, add to the tranquil character of the chair. The absence of abnormalities in the sequence provide the viewer or user of the chair with a sense of rest. The first prototype was cut out of 1” thick 8’ by 5’ particleboard. The second prototype was cut out of 3/4” thick 8’ by 4’ baltic birch plywood. This was more challenging since the thickness of the material makes the separate pieces of the chair on their own not very strong, but when all the parts of the chair are assembles, they work together to distribute the loads to the ground, resulting in a very rigid chair that still has some flexibility in the back rest for comfort.

‘The best is that which is most spontaneous or seemingly so’ Isamu Noguchi - sculptist / landscape architect ad furniture designer

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prototype I testing.

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prototype II manufacturing .

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prototype II . seemingly floating

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prototype II . supported on an offset back extrusion of the armrest form

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Light Fixture from material & fabrication investigation | Master of Architecture Winter ‘12

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This project originates from a product study conducted in collaboration with other Product Development students at Artesis Antwerp (Belgium) into the stigmatization effect of the standard mouth mask product. We concluded that it instigates a whirlwind of negative reactions when worn. This resulted in a personal concept study looking into how we can integrate the mouthmask into a everyday life product in order to mask the product, whilst creating a fashionable product as well when not used. This concept integrates the mouthmask into a shirt with an integrated high neck, consisting of 95% cotton and 5% stretch fabric. The neck zone is fabricated in two layers, with the inner layer being changed at the mouth - and nose area with an activated carbon filter fabric. At the nose area is a moldable polyurethane element integrated to guarantee a good seal at the nose area. The shirt has a zipper and can be completely opened or partially be opened to fold onto the shoulder, resulting in a dynamic and fashionable look. The shirt fabric is purposefully kept light as it can be worn underneath a warmer sweater in colder weather and still function as a mouthmask.

preliminary test cuts with various patterns and different textile backings are tested on lighting qualities

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preliminary test cuts are tested on lighting and folding potential

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large sheet of veneer, backed with fabric is being cnc machined

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dining table design | Master of Interior Architecture Spring ‘08 | workshop seminar at Wenk Sint-Lucas Gent, Belgium

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table prototype representation .

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This was a protoype for an endless modular table design, constructed for a furniture workshop. The table implements an interesting mix of materials: blockboard, steel and 2 component epoxy. Because of the design and construction, the table surface seemingly floats. Furthermore it partially dissolves in its environment, when sunlight hits the reflecting table surface finish.

exploded component overview of table .

reflection of environment in table surface .

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construction detail .

table top finish of 2 component epoxy - fabrication and finished product .

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concrete casting research seminar - ‘fabric casting and the module’ | Master of Architecture Winter ‘12 | seminar at University of Cincinnati, USA

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casting prototyping

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‘Fabric Casting and the Module’ Research into casting concrete with fabric and polycarbonate molds in collaboration with Jordan Lewis, Andrew Newman & Luke Sinopoli. Fabric casting as a means of exploring fluid form from a material that, when cured, would be solid and massive. Of particular interest was the tendency of fabric formed concrete to be unrecognizable as a material. The textural imprint of fabric onto the surface of the concrete was another means of transforming the concrete from a known material to an unknown material, while contrasting its smoothed and layered sides from the polycarbonate molds.

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The team was encouraged to consider integrating the idea of the fabric pours with that of the module; one, for the sake of greater applicability of the proposal as a construction element, and second, as a means of exploring deeper functional solutions to using concrete and the connection between materials in ways not previously explored. As the investigation progressed, it was recognized that there were even greater benefits of the module related to texture. The modular elements, when assembled created another level of texture at the macro level that contributed to the idea of rendering the materiality of the concrete obsolete.

casting presentation, using the mold materials for the lay-out

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fabrication seminar + powermill programming | Master of Architecture Fall ‘12 | Seminar at University of Cincinnati, USA

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This project is a modular screen and storage design, conceptualized for a fabrication seminar, in order to learn programming a 3-axis router through Powermill. The basic screen system consists of three core elements, complemented with two extra border elements. All elements are connected by puzzling them together, having friction help keep the connections stable. They are then mechanically fastened with screws.

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rendering of storage system

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internship at Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture . image credit AS+GG - project Yongsan Dancing Dragon Towers Seoul, Korea

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internship at Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture, Chicago (USA) 2012 I was primarily working on supertall tower developments and competitions. I joined the design team of the Dancing Dragon Towers in Yongsan (see images) helping to finish the schematic design phase and carried it along into the early stages of design development. My responsibilities included site and pavilion design, 3d modeling, physical modeling and construction drawings. I was also part of a confidential competition team for a 380m high signature tower within a 2 million m2 development, and the preliminary stages of another confidential design competition for a 320 meter high tower, both in Asia. I worked on fire life safety plans for the Qintai International Tower and was part of a team that researched development feasibility studies in Vancouver and Toronto, Canada. This experience submerged me into site-specific restrictions and code research as well as sustainable design principles.

image credit AS+GG - project Yongsan Dancing Dragon Towers Seoul, Korea

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internship at Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture . image credit AS+GG - project Yongsan Dancing Dragon Towers Seoul, Korea

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internship at Gensler, Houston (USA) 2011 At this architectural internship, I worked on projects of various scales: Small scale projects included a design for a ceiling construction, emulating a cloud dispersion pattern that had acoustic functions, a green wall faรงade design for a local school in Houston, ranging to construction documentation and attending construction meetings for another local school building addition. I also helped on the design and the construction drawings of a new canopy addition to an existing office tower. On a larger scale, I was involved in an architectural efficiency study of a mining firm headquarters as well as a student-led pro bono project that investigated the possible expansion of a low-income elementary school, helping them strategize and provide a marketing tool to raise funds for their future expansion. image credit Gensler - project Yellowstone Houston, TX (USA)

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Yellowstone Academy Master Plan, expansion study and marketing | collaboration with Gensler Houston Summer Intern group - Summer ‘11

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Yellowstone Academy is a private, nonprofit, faith-based school offering a high quality education for students living in poverty. After a year of intensive planning, the fall school year began August 2002 with 64 three and four year old students from Houston’s Third Ward. Yellowstone began leasing facilities from two different churches over the next four years before finding a permanent home at the former Houston Independent School District’s Douglass Elementary School. Located in the heart of the Third Ward, the new location acquired in June 2006, is large enough to serve the needs of PK3 through eighth grade for the foreseeable future. Each year enrollment increases and interest in extracurricular activities grows, the school will require more variety in outdoor fields and facilities. The administration and teachers of Yellowstone are constantly evaluating, updating, and refining their curriculum, instruction, and support programs to better meet the unique requirements and needs of the low income students being served. The main criteria was to investigate the feasibility and cost of gathering enough land for the construction of a football and baseball field. The existing school facilities will be streamlined to easily support one another. Condensing the campus, will contribute to the safety of the young scholars. Renovation to the existing school building will include updated classrooms, library & a new science lab. In a last phase, a new daycare center will be constructed, that also houses the office for donation gathering and marketing.

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masterplan option B .

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Yellowstone Academy exists to promote human flourishing among Houston’s neediest families. The school exclusively serves children from very low-income families. Yellowstone Academy is addressing the multidimensional challenges of poverty in the lives of children from the platform of a high quality private educational institution. Through education and intensive intervention, these children can break the cycle of intergenerational poverty and grow up to become responsible, productive adults. phase 1 . sports fields

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phase 2 . renovation existing school building

phase 3 . add sports facilities

phase 4 . construction daycare

section through daycare center grand space

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front view to daycare entry

section through side bays - class rooms

Birds eye view from South on proposed new campus .

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For my first internship in the United States, I worked at Frederic Schwartz Architects (FSA) in New York City, working on competition design for a 4,500m2 museum extension in Finland and a 62,750m2 mixed-use development in India. Other responsibilities included helping on construction drawings for a two-floor NYC marketing firm’s office design, and fabricating a 4.5 meter high lighting fixture design mock-up on-site in collaboration with Tillotson Design Associates.

internship at Frederic Schwartz Architects 2011 . image credit FSA - project Serlachius Museum addition, Finland

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internship at Fabiaan Van Severen, Gent (BE) 2008 I have had the pleasure to receive various internship experiences along my academic path, working with talented designers. My first design internship started at a designer’s firm in Belgium, which was focused around furniture design, product and interior design. Responsibilities included helping on the design drawings of a hotel suite at the D-Hotel in Kortrijk and a private residence in Sint-Martens-Latem. Furthermore I helped out in furniture design, prototyping and assembly. image credit Fabiaan Van Severen - Fab-S chair construction, Gent (BE)

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past work from Belgium

Frederik Berte - f(Be)

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Master project @ Master of Interior Architecture | Wenk Sint-Lucas Gent, Belgium

Master Project: Temporary place of Refuge | Master iA Spring ‘09 | Project docent: Wim de Mul


LIFT (+94m)

PLEIN (+99m, +94m)

LIFT (+85m)


search of the term ‘rest’. There is always someone around, someone watching you.. In other words, it is









LOBBY (+85m)


individuele actieve belevingsruimtes

“DUW”-RUIMTE (+70.5m) “BREEK”-RUIMTE (+67.5m) “SLAAN”-RUIMTE (+66m)


tunity around ‘rest’ in the metropole. Work and home life intertwine in one place: the city. This results in a growing accumulation of stress situations and aggression. A need for a temporary place of refuge imposes. The program integrated is a ‘New Cloister’, stripped drawal, seperation and the individual.

“ROEP”-RUIMTE (+63m)


The program centers around the basic functions of the conventional cloister: rest (religion), activity (trade & industry) and intellect.







KAMERS (+50>+40m)

LIFT (+45m)

The mass attracts the attention in a metropole, which becomes an accumulation of skeleton framing and glass. The mass forms an envelope that shields the individual from the city.

+40m individuele rust belevingsruimtes

“RUST” RUIMTES (+34.5>33m) +30m



BIBLIOTHEEK (+23m) +20m

LIFT (+16m) GROEPSRUSTRUIMTE (+13m) +10m


LIFT (+0m)


STEEG (+0m)



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Master Project: Temporary place of Refuge

The lobby forms the divider nto the lobby so that this can be interpreted as a transition zone between out- and inside. A mobile reception desk is present f the weather is bad, the loby can take over the function of the plaza. Lobby p. 69

Master Project: Temporary place of Refuge

In the design of the bathing space there has been strived at a total cave experience. The space is designed for a maximum capacity gown (that is available in their rooms). These can be hanged on the peg at their left side. Because of the proximity of the rooms, no changing rooms have to be provided. Light enters the space indirectly from the other side of the water. A large transluscente light shaft is covered in gold colored metallic plating through -

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Master Project: Temporary place of Refuge

The rooms are designed as an alternate concept of the traditional monk’s cell. Each room is long and small. The visitor enters through one of the two sliding doors that slide in front of eachother. A small slope lets the guest descent into the room. The room can be used for several purposes. Students can come here to study or a manager can come here as one wall with wood. The lighting in the walls seems to divide the large and massive walls., through which they seem lighter of character. Myriad Pro

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Project Sint-Jan-Baptist church: De-Fold | Master iA Fall/Winter ‘08 | Project docent: Tom Callebaut | Cooperation w/ Lisbeth Bernsburg & Maaike Blancke

This assignment was targeting ongoing problems of degeneration of churches in Belgium. Many churches in Belgium struggle with a low attendance in sunday and weekday service. Besides this problem there aren’t many youngsters these days that want to become a priest. This results in multiple church communities with the same priest, who can only give one ceremony at the time and the communities are necessarily gathering in one place. Many churches become empty and lose their function. The community searches for other possibilties to let these spaces reinvent themselves or be used in another way to provide a service. The church to work with was the ‘Sint-Jan-Baptist’ church in the multicultural neighbourhood ‘De Brugse poort’ (literally ‘Gate of Bruges’) in Gent (Be). The church was built in 1866 in a neogothic style. The outside construction consists of bricks with accents of natural stone. The inside of the church we noticed was the gotic verticality of the building. We worked from the concept of the church as a place where people gather. The neighbourhood has a strong sense of community and is searching how to expand her cultural programme.

Youth Hostel De Draecke Direction of the church

Direction neighbourhood ‘South’

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Project Sint-Jan-Baptist church: De-Fold

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Project Sint-Jan-Baptist church: De-Fold The main concept is a large slab, consisting of two plates and lattice constructed as a sandwiche plate, placed under an angle in the church. The people enter the church on ground level in the transit zone, which forms a shortcut for pedestrians. The space is also equipped to function as a gallery to display photographs or art from community initiatives. The two plates that cover the lattice are folded to form horizontal planes, stairs and rooms.

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The rooms are designed as individual sleeping cells. The rooms are formed by folding the two plates. The top plate becomes part of the folded stairs, the bottom one forms a horizontal plance for the room.

Project Sint-Jan-Baptist church: De-Fold

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Repetition on the Attic: Sculpture 1:1 | 3 Ba iA Spring ‘07 | Project docent: Jao Smet

The assignment for this project was to search for a space in the centre of Gent to build an installation on scale 1:1 that was forged out of a prior chosen word-concept. I chose to work around the topic/word ‘repetition’. I searched for a space in a historic context in which repetition would be overall present. On the attic of the old Saint Augustijn cloister my project was built. I designed an installation that created a sense of unrest by means of repetition and series. Normally, repetition and series create a sense of familiarity and rest. This idea I wanted to break through. A sequence of br are present in the construction of the attic.

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The sequence itself is formed in three dimensions. It follows a mathematical order in the x-axis and the y-axis, combined with a change in angles. The top and bottom of each beam are placed on a straight line that runs parallel with the outside wall. Each wooden beam is partially sawed and then partially broken untill the point that the two newly formed parts barely connect together anymore. The installation creates an experience of unrest. It looks like the beams are breaking under the weight of the roof and are broken in one smooth motion. p. 77

Project NFC Technology in School Environment | Bachelor PO Spring ‘10 | Project docent: Linda Scheelen | Cooperation w/ Dempsey Hendrickx & Ellen Van Steen This Product Development project follows up on the Near Field Communication technology that Artesis Antwerp wants to integrate in the school environment. The technology is currently being researched by the engineering department of the school and is integrated in the student ID cards. Our objective was to create a product group that would serve the school environment in such a way, that it would ease the use of facilities and save time on different levels for several user groups. The product group developped consists of three parts (and their interfaces): 1/ fixed monitor units that will replace advalvas boards and be used as information and recharge points. 2/ a portable device that has an integrated touchscreen and carries multiple functions going from payment terminal to organizing teacher tasking. 3/ a recharge terminal and fixation point for the portable device.







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Project NFC Technology in School Environment | Bachelor PO Spring ‘10 | Project docent: Linda Scheelen | Cooperation w/ Dempsey Hendrickx & Ellen Van Steen


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marketing research + redesign of mouthmask product | Bachelor in Product Development Fall ‘09 | Product Design Artesis, BE

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This project originates from a product study conducted in collaboration with other Product Development students at Artesis Antwerp (Belgium) into the stigmatization effect of the standard mouth mask product. We concluded that it instigates a whirlwind of negative reactions when worn. This resulted in a personal concept study looking into how we can integrate the mouthmask into a everyday life product in order to mask the product, whilst creating a fashionable product as well when not used. This concept integrates the mouthmask into a shirt with an integrated high neck, consisting of 95% cotton and 5% stretch fabric. The neck zone is fabricated in two layers, with the inner layer being changed at the mouth and nose area with an activated carbon filter fabric. At the nose area is a moldable polyurethane element integrated to guarantee a good seal at the nose area. The shirt has a zipper and can be completely opened or partially be opened to fold onto the shoulder, resulting in a dynamic and fashionable look. The shirt fabric is purposefully kept light as it can be worn underneath a warmer sweater in colder weather and still function as a mouthmask.

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