Masterclass Anne Lacaton and Jean Philippe Vassal (postponed till a later date)

We regret to inform you that, due to the new stringent government measures in response to the Covid-19 crisis, the presentation ceremony of the honorary doctorates and the masterclasses and lectures on Thursday 2 April 2020 have been postponed till a later date.

Transform, reuse, extend, … to do more with less

Anne Lacaton and Philippe Vassal
Thursday 2 April 2020

Prof Anne Lacaton and Prof Jean Philippe Vassal will receive an honorary degree in recognition of their expertise in the field of architecture.

Lacaton & Vassal is an internationally recognised architectural firm based in Paris. The partners are also renowned design professors at ETH Zurich and UDK Berlin.

Through their teaching and design practice, they give a clear signal to the international architectural community: demolition due to changing requirements in comfort or new aesthetic visions is no longer acceptable today. Instead, transformation and commitment to a sustainable circular economy is essential.

In this masterclass they show how, through design research, they are addressing burning issues in the societal debate: finding creative solutions for abandoned complexes and urban contexts, sustainability and urban productivity, and how, through design research and building practice, designers can concretise their social and economic responsibilities.

Register for the masterclass



  • 12 noon  Welcome
    Prof Alex Vanneste, dean of the Faculty of Design Sciences, University of Antwerp
  • 12.05 p.m. Introduction
    Prof Inge Bertels, nominator
  • 12.10 p.m. Transform, reuse, extend, … to do more with less
    Masterclass by Prof Anne Lacaton and Prof Jean Philippe Vassal
  • 1.00 p.m.  Q&A
    Prof Johan De Walsche, moderator
  • 1.30 p.m.  End
  • 4.00 p.m.  Presentation of Honorary degrees: programme and registration


Prof Inge Bertels


postponed till a later dateStadscampus

University of Antwerp
Building R – Auditorium R.001
Rodestraat 14
2000 Antwerp