Since 2019, Sven Verbruggen has been working as a full-time professor at the University of Antwerp and leads the Design Sciences Hub together with Alexander D’Hooghe and Sylvianne Van Butsele.
Sven graduated as an engineer-architect from the University of Ghent in 2000, started working for renowned practices such as Neutelings Riedijk Architects, Skidmore Owings and Merrill, and founded his own design practice. Sven has a track record in working on large hybrid buildings such as the Shipping and Transport College in Rotterdam, the MAS in Antwerp, an opera and hotel designed for Ljubljana city center, and the award-winning Gare Maritime reconversion project for Tour & Taxis in Brussels. During his doctoral research into contemporary design theories — defended in 2017 — Sven remained closely involved in practice.
The MAS (Museum aan de stroom, Antwerp) is a textbook example where the concept really is the convergence of ambitions at all levels: from technology, architectural detailing, to the typology of the museum and urban impact.