Master Student // Heritage Studies, University of Antwerp
Nick Serneels graduated in 2016 from the Vrije Universiteit Brussel as Architectural Engineer and decided to enrich himself by studying a complementary master in Heritage Studies. His master thesis for concluding Heritage studies focuses on research about the use of plastics in the interiors of buildings combining both his first degree with the knowledge provided by the classes in Heritage Studies.
During his education he performed two internships at Callebaut Architecten (summer 2015) and Origin Architecture and Engineering (summer 2017) which are both prominent restoration offices in Belgium. Both internships provided him a large variety of treated projects and a lot of practical experience.
Since February 2018 he has been working at Origin Architecture and Engineering on several projects and will start the architectural internship consisting out of 2 years soon at this same office.
Head of the Conservation Studio of Historical and Contemporary Textiles, Costume and Accessories // Royal Institute for Cultural Heritage (KIK-IRPA)
Griet Kockelkoren is Master in conservation of historical textiles, specialized in active and preventive conservation and mounting of historical and contemporary garments, accessories and fashion. In the past she has worked as a collections manager and conservator-restorer in the Fashion Museum of the Province of Antwerp (MoMu) and in the Royal Museum of the Armed Forces and Military History in Brussels (KLM-MRA), where she was also responsible for preventive conservation. Whilst working in the Army Museum, she was assigned a position as lecturer at the conservation department of the Antwerp University College. This continued as she started working as a consultant for preventive conservation at FARO, the Flemish Interface Centre for Cultural Heritage. During her career she has given lectures about preventive conservation, conservation of textiles, plastics and art-handling.
In recent years, Griet has worked in the Royal Institute for Cultural Heritage in Brussels (KIKIRPA), first as part of the preventive conservation unit, since 2017 she is responsible for the Conservation Studio of Historical and Contemporary Textiles, Costume and Accessories.
Prof. Dr. phil. Friederike Wäntig
Head of Wooden Objects and Modern Materials // Cologne Institute of Conservation Sciences, University of Applied Sciences Cologne
Since 2003 Professor for the Conservation of Wooden Artifacts and Modern Materials at the University of Applied Sciences Cologne. Beside working as a freelance conservator, she was previously: Senior Conservator at the Art and Exhibition Hall, Bonn; Conservator at the Conservation Center Düsseldorf; Conservator at the Museum for Applied Art Cologne. She obtained her degree at the Otto-Friedrich-University of Bamberg majoring in Heritage Preservation, with minor studies in folklore and building history. Her Ph.D. thesis was entitled “Synthetic Materials in Art: research from the conservation point of view”. Her Master’s thesis in Heritage Preservation, Otto-Friedrich-University Bamberg, was “Technical and Industrial Monuments – Definition, History and Preservation” and her Master’s degree from the University of Applied Sciences Cologne, was on Conservation specialising in Wooden Artifacts. She spent a practical semester in East-Berlin (former GDR) at the Museum for Applied Art Berlin. Her focus in research is on the preservation of modern materials in art, design and architecture, specializing in the history and conservation of plastics. She has been teaching and lecturing at several Institutes and published on the conservation and history of plastics. Besides giving talks she is also consulting projects.