Benoît Vandevoort graduated in architectural engineering at Ghent University. He obtained his masters degree in 2020 with a thesis on the commonplace and seemingly vacuous notion of contemporary architecture in architectural discourse, analyzing different positions taken and offering non-architectural theoretical frameworks to nourish the discourse.
Currently, he works as a PhD-candidate at KU Leuven’s Faculty of Architecture in Ghent. His project, entitled ‘The emergence of interior architecture in Belgium, 1945-1999: assessing the impact of education on the identity formation of the design discipline’ investigates twentieth-century Belgian education in interior architecture. The research is conducted in light of the present-day identity debate characterizing the interior design discipline, assuming to find answers in its educational history.
In collaboration with UAntwerpen PhD-candidate Sam Vanhee, the project entails the examination and analysis of all of the post-war interior design education programs in Belgium until 1999. As such, a small research group has been formed, including KU Leuven supervisor Fredie Floré and UAntwerpen supervisor Els De Vos.