Graduated as Master of Science in Engineering: Architecture at the University of Ghent in 2012, Jolien Naeyaert (°1989, Belgium) decided to continue her research about alternative ways of exploring and representing architectural places. A research she started during her stay in Paris at the School of Architecture, ENSAPLV. Focussing on different media, she looks for ways to approach architectural places in a more active way. The act of experience, of really being at a certain place and discovering - through the presence of your whole body - what lives at that specific place, is very important for her work. She is convinced that as architects, we should connect more closely with the place we are working with. Really being there to get to know the place instead of making a ‘plan’ of the place as a (detached) medium for further analysing and creation.

In June 2015, she also graduated as Master in Fine Arts: Multimedia and Autonomous Design at the School of Arts, Kask, in Ghent. As part of her master project, she built up her own ‘research centre’ in a caravan and decided to wander, in and around Belgium, questioning the notion of ‘landscape’.

Since December 2015 Jolien is working at Robbrecht en Daem architecten. 

Recently, she started writing articles for Belgian architecture magazine A-plus and is developing her own practice in her atelier @ Level Five in the centre of Brussels.


Jolien Naeyaert

“No matter where you go, that’s where you are.”

Paul Theroux