Chelsey Watthy earned her Master’s degree in Interior Architecture from KU Leuven in 2021. She successfully graduated with a dissertation bordering between interior architecture and philosophy. After her studies, she relocated to the United States and Asia to develop her professional career. In 2024, Chelsey returned to Belgium to begin her doctoral studies at the University of Antwerp. Her PhD research explores the in- and outdoor spaces of (health)care facilities, focussing on how to design them to contribute to the physical and mental health and well-being of end-users.

Favourite (interior) architecture project

PC CARITAS / architecten de vylder vinck taillieu

The PC Caritas project located in Melle, Belgium, is a thoughtful renovation and expansion of a psychiatric care facility. The design maintains a respectful dialogue with the existing historic structures while introducing contemporary elements. A key feature is the use of raw and unfinished materials, which create an honest and tactile architectural language. The addition of new volumes and the strategic placement of courtyards enhance natural light and spatial fluidity, promoting a therapeutic environment. The project stands as a testament to the power of thoughtful design in enhancing the quality of care and the well-being of patients and staff alike.

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