Chair of Affective Architectures


An Fonteyne (1971) is an architect and professor of architectural design.

She grew up in Ostend (Belgium) and graduated as an architect at Ghent University in 1994. She worked at DKV architecten in Rotterdam and David Chipperfield architects in London.

In 2000 she founded noAarchitecten together with Jitse van den Berg and Philippe Viérin. Their work is based on a strong confidence in the future of urban society. They do not see architecture as a discipline that is practised in isolation, but as a continuous conversation that they like to have with other critical thinkers from various disciplines. As a team of about twenty people, noAarchitecten is working on a rich oeuvre of very diverse buildings, including public institutions, housing and transformations of historical buildings. Their work arises in a strong connection with the layered history of building, but at the same time focuses on the contemporary conditions of living together.

Since 2017, An Fonteyne has also been a partner at Atelier Kanal, the architecture collective that was founded between noAarchitecten, EM2N (Zurich) and Sergison Bates (London) for the transformation of the former Citroen garage into Kanal, a museum and workshop for modern and contemporary art, performance and architecture in Brussels.

Since 2019 An Fonteyne is an elected member of the Royal Flemish Academy of Belgium for Science and the Arts. An Fonteyne is Professor of Architecture and Design at ETH Zurich since 2017. Previously, she was a lecturer at TU Delft and a professor at Hasselt University. An Fonteyne lives and works in Brussels and Zurich and has two children.

Pablo Donet studied at TU Darmstadt and ETH Zürich. After his graduation in 2008 he joined Staufer & Hasler Architekten, where he worked on several competitions of varying scales. From 2011 to 2016 he worked at Caruso St John Architects Zurich as a project manager for the Bremer Landesbank. Following the completion of this project he started his own practice, Donet Schäfer Reimer Architekten, along with Tim Schäfer and Tanja Reimer. The office gained recognition after winning major competions for experimental cooperative Housing like San Riemo in Munich and Guggach III in Zürich, which is currently being developed.

Serafina Eipert studied at TU Munich and École d‘architecture de la ville et des territoires à Marne-la-Vallée. After her graduation at TU Munich in 2014 she worked for PalaisMai Architekten und Stadtplaner. In 2015 she joined noAarchitecten in Brussels where she worked amongst others on the urban and architectural design for the site of Tour & Taxis in Brussels and the housing competition for the Ziegeleipark-Areal Horw in Luzern Süd. As a project manager she worked on the restoration and extension of the Ensor House in Ostend, which is currently being constructed. In 2018 she started her own practice together with Wolfram Winter. Before joining Studio An Fonteyne in 2019 she taught as a junior assistant at the chair of urbanism and housing of Prof. Bruno Krucker and Stephen Bates at TU Munich.

Khensani de Klerk is an architectural researcher and designer from Johannesburg. She centres practicing intersectionality through research and design. Her view of intersectionality questions and imagines how the efficiency of the built environment can be sustainable through ethically social and ecological spatial practices.

She is the founder and co-director of Matri-Archi(tecture), a collective based between South Africa and Switzerland that aims at empowering African women as a network dedicated to African spatial education. She has been a researcher at the University of Cambridge focusing on typologies of safe space with aims at reducing Gender-based violence in cities. Through her multidisciplinary approach, Khensani finds educational value in spatial, written and auditory explorations. She hosts a podcast called KONTEXT and serves as an editorial contributor at the Architectural Review in London. Her current projects include contributing to this year’s 2021 Chicago Architecture Biennale through Matri-Archi(tecture) with a design built community based installation on the south side, as well as an art installation at the Vitra Design Museum in Germany.

Els Silvrants-Barclay is a curator, researcher and activist. She is a co-coordinator of Permanent, a practice-based research project that draws upon anti-speculative models from the commons- and cooperative economy to develop an infrastructure for affordable artist studios, housing and community spaces in Brussels. She is also core-member of State of the Arts, an open platform that aims to reimagine the conditions that shape the art world today. 

Till 2019 she directed the contemporary arts center Netwerk Aalst. Previously she led a collaboration between four contemporary art museums in Belgium. She coordinated the Advanced Master in Theatre Studies, lectured dance theory and was part of the Research Centre for Visual Poetics at the University of Antwerp. Before she lived in Beijing where she co-founded the Institute for Provocation, a workspace for artists and architects.

Galaad Van Daele studied at ENSAPLV—Ecole Nationale Supérieure d’Architecture de Paris-La Villette (from which he graduated in 2014) and TU Berlin. He then earned a postmaster’s degree in architectural research at ENSAPLV in 2016 with a dissertation entitled The Landscape as Battlefield, with which he initiated an ongoing research trajectory focusing on the idea of space as an aesthetical construct under iconographic influence, mixing theory with visual practice.

From 2014 to 2018, he collaborated with 51N4E architects in Brussels on urban and architectural projects, and led the development of several exhibitions and publications presenting the work of the office in an international context. Since 2018 he works independently on a range of competitions, exhibitions, editorial and research projects. In 2019, he became one of the editors of architecture and art magazine Accattone.

Natalie Klak and Martina Hügli are our student assistants.