Conference: “Practices of Copying and Imitation in Early Modern Architecture (1400-1700)” (15 & 16 June)

On 15-16 June 2023, Elizabeth Merrill (Faculty of Architecture and Engineering, Ghent University) and Nele De Raedt (Faculty of Architecture, Architectural Engineering and Urbanism, UCLouvain) organise an international conference on “Practices of Copying and Imitation in Early Modern Architecture (1400-1700)” in the VANDENHOVE Centre for Architecture and Arts in Ghent. The keynote lecture will be given by prof. Maarten Delbeke (ETH Zurich).

Participation is free of charge, but registration is required. This is possible via the conference website:

You can find the program below.

“Materiality in the History and Theory of Architecture”: Upcoming Lecture & Workshop

Over the course of the 2022-2023 academic year, the Department of Architecture and Urban Planning is hosting a lecture series on “Materiality in the History and Theory of Architecture.” On 1 March 2023, Fabio Barry will deliver the next lecture “Painting in Stone: Reloaded?” at the VANDENHOVE Centre (17:30-19:00). The following day (2 March, 11:00-13:00), Dr. Barry will lead a workshop that examines the relationship between poetry and early modern architecture (description follows). Lunch will be provided. Please email to register your attendance.  

Workshop: “Monumenting: Poetry and Architecture

“I have raised a monument more lasting than bronze and loftier than any pyramid,” reads Horace’s epilogue to the Odes and his epitaph as a poet. Beyond mere description, to what degree could poetry become an intermedial embodiment of building?

This workshop will examine three buildings in Rome:

a) a medieval tower, the “Casa dei Crescenzi,” with an anonymous poem on mortality inscribed over its doorway (incipit: Non fuit ignarus, 12th century).

b) a semi-imaginary poem about a half-built villa, the Villa Madama (Francesco Sperulo, Villa Iulia Medica versibus fabricata, 1519).

c) a verse description of the building, images, materials, and mosaics of the Cappella Gregoriana in St. Peter’s (Lorenzo Frizolio, Sacellum Gregorianum, 1583)

Readings will be circulated beforehand.


GEMS members might be interested in the following lecture series on materiality in the history and theory of architecture.

Remaining lectures:

1 March 2023: Fabio Barry (Warburg Institute, London), Painting in Stone: Reloaded?

+ workshop on 2 March 2023: “Monumenting”: Poetry and Architecture

26 April 2023: Réjean Legault (University of Quebec, Montreal), Brutalism and the Materialities of Postwar Architecture

+ workshop on 27 April: The Idea of Brutalism in Postwar Architecture

To register email:

More info on time and place below:

GEMS in portraits: Nele De Raedt

Untitled-1-page-001The first GEMS in portraits of 2018 is with Nele De Raedt, assistant and doctoral researcher at the Department of Architecture and Urban Planning. Nele is now in the final phase of her PhD, writing a dissertation on palace architecture in fifteenth-century Italy under the supervision of Maarten Delbeke and Anne-Françoise Morel. More specifically, the focus of her project concerns practices of violence (defilement, confiscation, destruction) of these palaces, as well as the possible interactions between this culture of violence against buildings and contemporary architectural theory. From January 2015 to June 2016, Nele worked as a research fellow at the Kunsthistorisches Institut in Florenz – Max-Planck-Institut in the research group on Ethics and Architecture. At Ghent University, she enjoys the combination of research and teaching. Recently, she also taught a course in art history as a guest teacher at the KASK School of Fine Arts.

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